The Cure: Disintegration (1989)
So it opens with the epic "Plainsong," with a long, slow instrumental lead in, awash in dense synths, sounding like something you'd find on the soundtrack of some classic noir film, suggesting we've got another one of Smith's darker works about to unfold. Instead, we're treated to unusually melodic tunes like "Pictures of You" and "Lovesong" and "Lullaby" and "Fascination Street," a veritable mini-greatest hits; and if none are as in-your-face catchy as "In Between Days" or "Just Like Heaven," they manage to blend great hooks with the album's overall more somber vibe.
Elsewhere there are plenty of the more atmospheric tunes suggested by the lead-in track, like the similarly synth-soaked "Closedown" and the extended "The Same Deep Water As You," as well as dark, portentous throwbacks to the band's earlier goth days like "Last Dance." On the whole, the album celebrates the Smith's downbeat inclinations, ideal for slipping on the headphones late at night, with plenty of songs that invite you to hum along without completely burning away the haze.
Here's the "Fascination Street" video: