Thursday, January 19, 2012


As it turns out, I recently hit one hundred followers. I would like to thank each and every one of you. I know it doesn't seem like much, but it means a lot to me that anyone would even go five seconds out of their way to hit the follow button. So, much love to you guys!

Also: let me know in the comments what albums/books/movies you would like to see reviewed in the future!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Stains on the Memory

The Cure: Disintegration

Track List:

01 - Plainsong
02 - Pictures of You
03 - Closedown
04 - Lovesong
05 - Last Dance
06 - Lullaby
07 - Fascination Street
08 - Prayers for Rain
09 - The Same Deep Water as You
10 - Disintegration
11 - Homesick
12 - Untitled

I recently received this album in vinyl format, and did not hesitate to throw it in my record player for one second. Few albums have come along that simply blow my mind.  Start to finish, Disintegration is a truly remarkable work of art.  While much of The Cure's other work seems rather poppy and sappy, in a way, Disintegration is nothing of the sort.  During the writing of this album, vocalist Robert Smith became the epitome of the depressed, drug-addled rockstar. Unable to cope with the band's recent popularity and success, along with the stark realization that his thirtieth birthday was nearly upon him, he set out to write what I believe to be is one of The Cure's deepest and darkest releases with intentions to make a work more enduring. A certain presence can be heard, and felt, throughout the entirety of the album. Heartache, addiction, loss of youth, emptiness-- the pure honesty and emotion in Disintegration is almost unmatched by anything else I have listened to over the years. It helped me through the roughest times in my life, and because of that, it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Note: Not to be a hipster, but the brilliance really shines on the album's less popular tracks-- "Disintegration" and "Prayers for Rain" are personally my favorites. I highly recommend listening to them, if nothing else.

My Not-So-Awaited Return to Blogsville!

The past few months of my life have been hectic, to say the very least. Between my first semester of college, first job, writing and rehearsing with my band, preparing to move out, and all of life's other endless joys, I've seemed to have neglected a lot of things. Although blogging has never been a terribly high priority, it is something I do rather enjoy. Hence, I am staging my comeback as we (well, I) speak (well, type). Be on the lookout for some album reviews and stories in the near future, kiddos.

Stay golden.