Reason #468 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: The Head On The Door

It’s the little things that make me happy, and The Head On The Door has lots and lots of little things going on. Is this the Cure’s pop masterpiece? No, that would be the next one. But it is their most consistent album and the one that stands repeat listens better than anything else they’ve done.  It’s also their most immediately accessible, thanks to 2 monster singles: Close To You and the New Order homage In Between Days. But in between these 2 are some of the weirdest genre experiments the Cure ever laid to wax. Kyoto Song sounds just like you think it sounds; Flamenco guitars abound on The Blood, and Push and The Baby Screams are pure psychedelia in the best sense. It is a great album and the best entry point for folks who are just getting to know the band.