The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys (1979)
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About the Album
Three Imaginary Boys is the debut album by British alternative rock band the Cure, released on 8 May 1979 by record label Fiction. It was later released in the United States and Australia with a different tracklist as Boys Don’t Cry.
Despite Smith’s displeasure with the record, Three Imaginary Boys was well received critically at the time of its release. Sounds’ Dave McCullough praised it in a 5-star review and noted: “The Cure are going somewhere different on each track, the ideas are startling and disarming”. McCullough noted the variety of the material and qualified “Grinding Halt” as a “pop song that reminds you of the Isley Brothers or the Buzzcocks”. Red Starr, writing in Smash Hits, described the album as a “brilliant, compelling debut”. However, NME’s Paul Morley didn’t share the same point of view and wrote: “Most of the time, it’s a voice catching its breath, a cautiously primitive riff guitar, toy drumming and a sprightly bass”.