A Shallow Grave EP Release Date Confirmed

A new 2020 album (EP actually) entitled “A Shallow Grave” is scheduled to be released on October 28, 2020. It features 5 The Cure cover songs: Charlotte Sometimes Lament Cold Just One Kiss The Top I am not planning to release any more of these old cover songs (original songs are from 1981-1984) as my […]

Making a Cover: The Top (The Cure)

I doubt many people, even long-time Cure fans, listen to that song called “The Top” which concludes the album by the same name. It is not an easy song to listen to really, although I would like to love it and I think other people feel the same. This song has something profound about it, […]

Making a Cover: “Charlotte Sometimes” (The Cure)

“Charlotte Sometimes” is a single release by The Cure in 1981, just after Faith and before the dark and gloomy and awkwardly titled Pornography. It is very gothic-romantic sounding in every way, and utterly British (this being a compliment). Robert Smith often wrote lyrics based on books, in this case the eponymous Charlotte Sometimes by […]

A Spiritual Review: The Cure

I have written elsewhere that Robert Smith (who seems to have written all the lyrics for all the songs) is not a religious man and eventually expressed his detestation for religion as well as, amazingly and I think tragically, the “terror of faith.” Well, this was 1995 and it does seem that there has been […]

Lyrics analyzed: The Cure – Lament

The song in context Lament was released as a special song for the UK magazine Flexipop in 1982. The final version was released as a B side for the successful single The Walk and eventually included in the compilation known as Japanese Whispers (1983). It is track number seven (that spiritual number!) on the record and was written by Smith […]

Poetry: Hope in God (Alfred de Musset)

I have often said that it would be worth learning French only for the reason of being able to read French poetry, of which Alfred de Musset is one of the many towering geniuses. There is also a wonderful book about him and his spiritual struggles called Le Mal du Ciel which I highly recommend. […]

Doubt

Why “Faith&Doubt?” To a large extent, this site is inspired by an entire album and song by the UK band The Cure, released in 1981. The song “Doubt” is the ‘dark side’ of the other main track which is called “Faith”. Doubt is song #6 (#2 on the B-side), and I am pasting below: (1) […]