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1 in a decomposed state [syn: decomposition]
2 separation into component parts [syn: dissolution]
3 the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation [syn: decay, radioactive decay]
4 total destruction; "bomb tests resulted in the annihilation of the atoll" [syn: annihilation]

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  1. The process by which anything is disintegrated; the condition of anything which is disintegrated.
  2. The wearing away or falling to pieces of rocks or strata, produced by atmospheric action, frost, ice, etc.

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Disintegration is the eighth studio album by English alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1989. It was a return to the darker themes of The Cure's early 1980s work. The album cemented the band's mainstream success, and the single "Lovesong" became the group's highest-charting hit in the United States.


The Cure had established themselves as a dark and brooding band in the early 80s with albums such as Faith and Pornography. They broke away from this image with light pop singles, such as "Let's Go to Bed" and "The Lovecats" and their accompanying Tim Pope videos. The following albums The Top, The Head on the Door and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me had largely continued the pop experimentation, although all three showed elements of Smith's darker side, both musically and lyrically. Disintegration represented a return of the darker styles while still expanding on the newer concepts.
Disintegration represents the second work of The Cure's Trilogy, a collection of thematically and musically linked albums, with Pornography being the first instalment and Bloodflowers being the third.

Release and reception

The album debuted at #3 in the UK and slowly climbed to #12 in the US during a 55 week stay on the Billboard Album Chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA on June 28, 1989. The album was also certified platinum on October 20 of the same year. On July 1, 2004, the album was multi-platinum twice. It peaked at number 12 on Billboards Top 200 Album chart.
In a review at the time of the album's original release, Michael Azzerad of Rolling Stone stated "Smith has finally gotten things unequivocally, utterly and completely right." In 2003, the album was ranked number 326 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Track listing

All songs by Smith, Gallup, O'Donnell, Thompson, Tolhurst and Williams.
  1. "Plainsong" – 5:12
  2. "Pictures of You" – 7:24
  3. "Closedown" – 4:16
  4. "Lovesong" – 3:29
  5. "Last Dance" – 4:42
  6. "Lullaby" – 4:08
  7. "Fascination Street" – 5:16
  8. "Prayers for Rain" – 6:05
  9. "The Same Deep Water as You" – 9:19
  10. "Disintegration" – 8:18
  11. "Homesick" – 7:06
  12. "Untitled" – 6:30
The tracks "Last Dance" and "Homesick" are only on the CD and cassette versions.

Personnel and credits

  • Dave Allen – production, engineering
  • Richard Sullivan – engineering
  • Roy Spong – engineering


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