Updated: Aug 27, 2021
“Disintegration” is the eighth studio album released in 1989 by English rock band The Cure. Following the band’s breakout pop success, they were eager to return to their gothic rock roots that had originally established them in the underground scene. Facing the pressures of fame, vocalist and founding member Robert Smith relied heavily on psychedelics during the album’s writing process, culminating in a prolonged state of introspection that led them back towards their earlier musical direction. The title “Disintegration” relates to the band’s perceived devolution into a more palatable and radio friendly mainstream sound. In the process of receiving more success, The Cure’s original fan base was beginning to lose respect in their creative choices. By disintegrating out of the mainstream, The Cure had ironically crafted their highest selling album to date, produced chart topping singles in both the U.S. and U.K., and helped to visually inspire upcoming generations of “goth” style and subculture for years to come. Experience The Cure’s delusions of grandeur on songs like “Pictures of You,” “Lovesong,” “Lullaby,” and “Fascination Street” by streaming the album in its entirety on Spotify!