The sounds from the band are astounding, especially considering that they were only a three piece at the time. Lol Tolhurt’s slow drumming was simple yet very effective at setting the mood. Simon Gullup’s bass playing is soft and strong adding to the vibe. While Robert Smith tops it off with his emotional vocals, dark guitar cords and purring keyboards.
The album opens with the dreary sounds of 'The Holy Hour' immediately taking the listener on the dark journey. The Journey takes a short detour with the more upbeat sounds of 'Primary'. While this song doesn't fit perfectly with the feel of the rest of the record it is nevertheless a brilliant track that hasn't aged a bit over its 21 years of existence! Furthermore it is a demonstration of how the Cure were able to produce strong singles along side their superb long player pieces. Next comes the spooky sounds of 'Other Voices'. Side one of the record closes with the cold yet beautiful 'All Cats Are Grey'.
The sad, slow sounds of 'The Funeral Party' opens side two of the record. It then speeds into 'Doubt'. While this song is a lot faster than the others the bleak tones are still dominant with Robert Smith chanting 'Knowing I'll murder you again' over and over at the end. 'The Drowning Man' is the definite highlight of the album (and the Cure’s career for that matter). This is the point where the darkness of the record takes over and absorbs the room thoroughly. Robert Smith’s agonizing vocals add more fuel to the flame. The album closed with the chilling 6 minute epic that is the title track. This ends the record with the pained and distant sounds of Robert Smith crying out 'There’s nothing left but faith'.
This is without a doubt a timeless classic from The Cure. Over two decades have past since its release and it is still as powerful and moving as ever. While the album is rather short, all 8 tracks are masterpieces that both stand strong individually as well as together as a continuous piece.