The Cure's songs can capture immense, intense anguish better than any other band. That's not just a result of Robert Smith's vocal ability, but also due to their unique ability to toe the line between light and dark with uncanny precision.
They have an innate ability to capture the raw emotions of their audience and then soothe them with a smooth, bouncing melody that envelops them in warmth and comfort. It's a gift that has helped the Cure become one of the biggest bands in the world.
For example, the song 'Pictures of You' on the 1989 album Disintegration is considered by many fans as the crown jewel of their musical output. It's a haunting, epic song about lost love and limitless regret.
The song was inspired by a fire at Robert Smith's house and the discovery of photos of his wife Mary Poole in the rubble. This was the first time he had been able to revisit his past, and it has since become a staple of the band's live set.
There are several different stories about what inspired the song, but it's usually referred to as a song about a loss of a loved one. It's a sad song that seems to have been written by someone who is still struggling with their own grief, and who finds that the only way they can come to terms with it is through the memories of those who have passed on.