|Oh my word, I'm 16 again. Althought I never actually owned this record at the time, I had it on tape, and had most of the singles from it (I particularly remember 'Pictures of you', 'Lullaby').
'Pictures of You' is really spine tingling to me - a perfect distillation of 'movement'-era New Order, Cocteau Twins swirliness and The Cure melancholy. The same mood continues on 'Closedown'; in a way it's incredible that this record was made a full ten years after Joy Division's Closer. It sounds dated, but in a cool way, with the drums in particular sounding very 80s.
I was actually never a huge Cure fan, but have often been around people who are. To date, the only things I've really ever gotten into were this album, kiss me kiss me kiss me, and assorted individual songs (that punky one about being in the subway, inbetween days etc).
But I'm happy to say this album still does it for me.