The Head on the Door

The Cure - The Head on the Door
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Based on 3 reviews
1985 Ratings: #32 / 84
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Based on 201 ratings
1985 Ratings: #12
August 26, 1985 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

With The Head on the Door, Robert Smith figured out how to make gloom and doom danceable and popular to both alternative and mainstream rock audiences.

87
Pitchfork

It's a tight, terrific package, and more imaginative than albums this controlled usually get, but it's oddly removed from one of the qualities people have always loved best about the Cure-- the deep, sprawling sound of an album like Disintegration.

TheBravesDH
98
My personal favorite Cure album. The knock I hear on this one is that it's too radio-ready, but how are you going to deny the quality of this batch of songs? The big three singles are among their best tunes, but you could've probably pulled just about any one of these off of here for a run on the alternative music chart. Push seems like an obvious step before Disintegration. A Night Like This is my favorite Cure song of all time and one of the songs that I sing most theatrically when I'm ... read more
PipePanic
89
While the music on display is as happy and as vibrant as ever on this record, this isn't the Cure cheering up. This is in fact The Cure re-discovering that hidden sadness that was found on their other records, but now they have a much more healthy way to show that sadness. It's an album that jumps on it's broken leg with glee, and it's damn fun to listen to. As odd and fun as a Bowie record with the darkness and anxiety-filled lyrics of a Nine Inch Nails record, it's a musical dream to listen ... read more
liammenzies
97
Robert Smith really had to do it to us like this, eh?
Sinestroll
94
Best Song: Close to Me
Worst Song: Screw
Farlov
77
Every song on here delivers beautiful and catchy instrumentation and Robert Smith is great as usual. There is a lot to love on here.
My biggest complaint is that it seems unfocused to me. It's more a collection of great Cure tracks than a whole cohesive album.

and the sax solo is too 80's cheese ofc.
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Track List

  1. In Between Days 
  2. Kyoto Song 
  3. The Blood 
  4. Six Different Ways 
  5. Push 
  6. The Baby Screams 
  7. Close To Me 
  8. A Night Like This 
  9. Screw 
  10. Sinking
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