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Disintegration: a concept album?

Started by dsanchez, May 03, 2019, 20:52:42

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dsanchez

Written by Zerbity_Blerb on Twitter:

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Plainsong: The Break-up
Pictures of You: Realizing you massively screwed up
Closedown: Slipping into a deep depression
Lovesong: A last ditch attempt to win her back
Last Dance: Trick initially works, but thing quickly fall apart
Lullaby: Allowing the evil alter ego to take over
Fascination St: The alter ego delves into debauchery
Prayers for Rain: Wanting to be cleansed of bad behavior
Same Deep: Begging for another chance
Disintegration:  The final discussion between lovers which is explosive
Homesick:  Homesick
Untitled:  Acceptance and moving forward

I always thought Disintegration was an unofficial Concept Album, chronicling the disintegration of a relationship (which was based around what was happening in RS's life).  Every song tells a chapter of the story which has some "ups" but mostly "downs".  Fabulous B-sides as well


Wonder what others in the forum think on the above.
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Ulrich

Quote from: dsanchez on May 03, 2019, 20:52:42Written by Zerbity_Blerb on Twitter:

Quote from: undefinedPlainsong: The Break-up (who broke up?)
Pictures of You: Realizing you massively screwed up (???)
Closedown: Slipping into a deep depression (?)
Lovesong: A last ditch attempt to win her back (???)
Last Dance: Trick initially works, but thing quickly fall apart (huh?)
Lullaby: Allowing the evil alter ego to take over  (wtf?)
Fascination St: The alter ego delves into debauchery (maybe)
Prayers for Rain: Wanting to be cleansed of bad behavior (???)
Same Deep: Begging for another chance (?)
Disintegration:  The final discussion between lovers which is explosive (aha...)
Homesick:  Homesick (ok)
Untitled:  Acceptance and moving forward (???)

I always thought Disintegration was an unofficial Concept Album, chronicling the disintegration of a relationship (which was based around what was happening in RS's life). 

Wonder what others in the forum think on the above.

I'll tell you what I think: it is a nice theory, but it does not hold much "proof" - it is known (anyone can look it up on wiki or whatever) that RS married his longterm-girlfriend in 1988 (and they are still together), so how this person thinks it could be a "chronicling" of what happened in Robert's life, is beyond me.  :?

Or in short: rubbish. I added some short comment in the quote above, here is a bit more:

Lovesong: it has been said it was written for Mary (RS commented she might've preferred a diamond)
Last Dance: "this is what happens when you meet them a few years later" (introduction on "Entreat")
Lullaby: based on a nightmare, by the looks and sounds of it?
Untitled: "I'll never lose this pain..." - how can that be "acceptance and moving on"???
Can't you see I try? Swimming the same deep water as you is hard...

MeltingMan

I do not think that Disintegration was planned as concept album.
However, the departure of Lol and later Roger had musical consequences.
At Wish we have three(!) Guitarists. I find that remarkable. Disintegration
stands for itself and for the end of a successful decade of The Cure. To say
it is a "concept album" is a bit far-fetched.
Au lieu de chercher Dieu dans les œuvres, nous
nous cherchons nous-mêmes. Notre paresse est
telle que nous préférons de basses impressions
aisées, qui nous diminuent, aux grandioses qui
exigent de l'effort.

Comment on devient artiste, esthétique. p. 235