The Head On The Door (studio album) by The Cure

The Head On The Door by The Cure
Year: 1985
Overall rank: 384th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 724 votes)
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Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (50th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (384th)
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The Head On The Door is ranked 3rd best out of 37 albums by The Cure on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Cure is Disintegration which is ranked number 33 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 29,352.

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PornographyThe Head On The DoorKiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

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82/100 (from 724 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.6/100, a mean average of 80.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.8.

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70/100
From 12/31/2021 21:16
My favourite Cure album. I tend to find that even though I love the band and they have written some of my favourite songs, that the albums are too hit-and-miss and contain too many duds. This one is in my opinion their most consistent album. My highlights are In Between Days and A Night Like This - both incredible songs, + Push just behind them. Screw, Sinking and The Baby Screams are the weakest tracks.
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95/100
From 11/14/2021 00:03
Long time fan of the band, and this is, hands down, my favorite Cure album. It evokes so many memories of my early teens, coming of age…but even now, there’s not a single track I want to skip. When I put this record on, I inevitably listen to the entire thing. I get up, flip sides, and take it all in. Every time. How often can you say that of a record? As much as I like the vast majority of their catalogue, I can’t say that about any of their others. This is their peak. Everything prior was leading up to this, everything after got slowly worse imo. If you’re new to The Cure, start here and thank me later.
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90/100
From 04/02/2021 15:58
This is my favourite Cure album. Perhaps not quite as critically-acclaimed as Disintegration, but a great album from start to finish.
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85/100
From 08/18/2020 14:08
I enjoy this most out of their output. Long intros, melodic and interesting subject matters. Kyoto song is just lovely in its despair, in between days is well crafted and the highpoint. The infidelity on a night like this has a palpable distress. All round their best in my view.
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80/100
From 08/13/2020 13:53
I recall them at the time and actually quite liked them but was probably a bit freaked out with Robert Smiths' Gothic look. Been giving their albums a listen in recent years and gave this a re listen in 2020 after catching them in concert. Close To Me and Six Different ways are just superb and 10/10 tracks. The album does go a little up and down for me - sometimes you get a great start or finish but they have paced out the killer tracks in my view. Only let down is Screw - not landing for me. But a great album none the less
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85/100
From 06/24/2019 23:18
Really good album with consistently really good songs from start to finish.
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80/100
From 10/30/2018 11:32
'The Head On The Door' represents album one of one of the best 3 consecutive album streaks in music ('Head On The Door' 1985 , followed by 'Kiss Me , Kiss Me , Kiss Me 1987 followed by 'Disintegration' 1989 - 3 Killer Diller albums in 4 years is quite simply a stunning achievement)

Inspired by the albums 'Kaleidoscope' (Siouxsie and the Banshees) and 'Dare' (Human League) Bob set out to produce a record that was eclectic with a range of styles and moods . Mission accomplished with the pop styling's of "Inbetween Days" and "Close To Me" to the Spanish feel of "The Blood" , the angular weirdness that is "Six Different Ways" , the fullness of "Push" , the new wave-ish "Baby Screams" , the darker "A Night Like This" and "Sinking" where the lyrics don't kick in until the 2 minute mark

'The Head On The Door' sits alongside 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' as amazingly eclectic albums that completely work

Leg 1 In The Cure Holy Trinity = 80/100
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75/100
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From 08/11/2018 19:35
A fantastic album - Close To Me and Six Different Ways are outstanding. In Between Days and Push are great. But feel there are a couple of weaker tracks on the album like Screw and A Night Like This.
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From 07/04/2018 14:02
Bassline to "Sinking" is the best thing on this album. Every b-side to every The Head On The Door single is amazing.
Favourite: "Sinking"
Least: "The Blood"
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