Faith (The Cure album)

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Faith is the third studio album by English rock band the Cure, released on 14 April 1981 by Fiction Records. The album saw the band continuing in the gloomy vein of their previous album Seventeen Seconds (1980), which would conclude with their next album Pornography (1982).

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Studio album by
Released14 April 1981
RecordedSeptember 1980–March 1981
StudioMorgan Studios, London
The Cure chronology
Seventeen Seconds
Singles from Faith
  1. "Primary"
    Released: 20 March 1981

Preceded by the single "Primary", the album was well-received by critics and was a commercial success in the UK, peaking at number fourteen on the UK Albums Chart and staying on the chart for eight weeks.


Following the tour for Seventeen Seconds, the Cure returned to Morgan Studios on 27 September 1980 to record a new album, minus Matthieu Hartley, who had departed due to disagreement with the musical direction of the band. During this session, recordings of songs "All Cats Are Grey" and "Primary" were attempted, but neither ended up on the album. Robert Smith was hoping the tracks would sound "funereal", but instead he said "they just sounded dull". Several other studios were tried: Red Bus, Trident, The Roundhouse and Abbey Road.[1]

Much of Faith was written in the studio. At least two songs on the album, "All Cats Are Grey" and "The Drowning Man", were inspired by the Gormenghast novels of Mervyn Peake. Faith was the first album by the Cure to feature six-string bass guitar; "All Cats Are Grey" features Smith on keyboards and piano, with no guitar at all. The front cover, designed by former and future member Porl Thompson, is a picture of Bolton Priory in the village of Bolton Abbey in the fog.[1]

The instrumental piece "Carnage Visors" (an antonym for rose-coloured spectacles; originally available only on the long-play cassette release) is the soundtrack to Carnage Visors, a short film by Ric Gallup, Simon Gallup's brother, that was screened at the beginning of shows in place of a support band on the 1981 Picture Tour, and featured animation of several dolls in different positions and stances.[1] The film has since disappeared, and only Smith, Lol Tolhurst and Simon Gallup own copies of it, though during a televised interview in the mid-1980s, the host of the program surprised the band by playing a clip of the film on set.[2]

Release and reissueEdit

Faith was released on 14 April 1981.[1] It reached No. 14 in the UK Albums Chart.[3] The album was remastered in 2005 as part of Universal Music's Deluxe Edition series. The new edition featured "Carnage Visors", demos and live tracks as well as the non-album single "Charlotte Sometimes". It also included a few never-before-released tracks (in demo form, all instrumentals).

Critical reception and legacyEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
Blender     [5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [6]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[7]
The Guardian     [8]
Mojo     [9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [11]
Sounds     [12]
Uncut     [13]

Faith received mixed reviews from critics on its release. Sounds gave the album a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Reviewer John Gill felt that the two fast tracks, "Primary" and "Doubt", were reminiscent of their previous work, with a "sense of strong, haunting melody". However, he noted that the rest of the album was different, describing it as "a modern-day Dusseldorf" with a "Neu!-ish sense of smudged melody, soft tones flowing around a languorous, groaning bass", also evoking the Sixties of the Floyd and the Doors. Gill finally said: "Faith requires a personal act of involvement, the reward being a sense of belonging".[12] Melody Maker found the record "impressive", hailing its "richness and deceptive power". Writer Adam Sweeting hailed Faith as "a sophisticated exercise in atmosphere and production". He concluded "It's gloomy, but frequently majestic, never using brute force where auto-suggestion will do. You may not love it, but you'll become addicted to it".[14] NME reviewed the album with a picture of the band and a caption saying: "Gloomy? Gothic? Us?". Writer Ray Lowry lambasted Faith and wrote that "it says absolutely nothing meaningful". In the end, Lowry found that "this is just the modern face of Pink Floydism".[15] Record Mirror panned the album, writing, "The Cure remain stuck in the hackneyed doom-mongering that should have died with Joy Division", ultimately calling it "hollow, shallow, pretentious, meaningless, self-important and bereft of any real heart or soul".[16]

In a retrospective review, AllMusic called Faith "a depressing record, certainly, but also one of the most underrated and beautiful albums the Cure put together".[4] Fact rated the album at No. 3 on their list "20 Best: Goth Records Ever Made".[17]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Robert Smith; all music is composed by The Cure (Smith, Simon Gallup and Lol Tolhurst).

Side A
1."The Holy Hour"4:25
3."Other Voices"4:28
4."All Cats Are Grey"5:28
Side B
1."The Funeral Party"4:14
3."The Drowning Man"4:50


The Cure


  • Mike Hedges – production, engineering
  • David Kemp – engineering
  • Martyn Webster – engineering assistance
  • Porl Thompson – album cover design


SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Primary" Club Play Singles 25[18]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[19] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ "The Cure – Carnage Visors – 45 Seconds Clip ! – YouTube". YouTube. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  3. ^ Cure - UK Albums Chart,, retrieved 21 August 2015
  4. ^ a b True, Chris. "Faith – The Cure". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  5. ^ Wolk, Douglas (20 September 2005). "The Cure: Faith". Blender. Archived from the original on 30 November 2005. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  7. ^ Sinclair, Tom (11 April 2005). "EW reviews the latest album reissues". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  8. ^ Sweeting, Adam (20 May 2005). "The Cure, Faith". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  9. ^ Perry, Andrew (June 2005). "Death became them". Mojo (139): 116.
  10. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (12 May 2005). "The Cure: Seventeen Seconds / Faith / Pornography". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "The Cure". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 205–06. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  12. ^ a b Gill, John (25 April 1981). "Faith, Hope and Reverse Psychology [Faith album review]". Sounds.
  13. ^ Martin, Piers (June 2005). "Power of three". Uncut (97): 124.
  14. ^ Sweeting, Adam (18 April 1981). "The Cure's Funeral Party [Faith album review]". Melody Maker.
  15. ^ Lowry, Ray (18 April 1981). "Cure: Cancerous? [Faith album review]". NME.
  16. ^ Nicholls, Mike (18 April 1981), "Grinding halt for the Cure [Faith album review]", Record Mirror
  17. ^ "20 best: Goth records ever made". Fact.
  18. ^ "The Cure – Awards: AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  19. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – the Cure – Faith". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – the Cure – Faith". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 June 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Faith in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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