I started getting into their catalogue only in the past few years and I still have yet to really listen to their post-Wish albums but it's been quite the experience. 'Pornography', 'Disintegration' and 'Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me' make my top 3.
I read a nice review for the 40th anniversary of 'Faith' too which mentioned the Gormenghast series as the inspiration for "The Drowning Man" and it piqued my curiosity so that's what I'm reading at the moment. 'Faith' is another great album and "The Funeral Party" is quite possibly the Cure song that is the most within me, it's like the early seeds for dream pop, it sounds very late 80's/early 90's when it dates as far back as 1981.
What I appreciate most about them is how they expand a particular sound throughout their career while it always sounds new for them at the same time, and those long intros on so many songs, very enjoyable and the darker they get help create a fascinating atmosphere. The obvious care they put into crafting them and yet the vocal parts that start afterwards never disappoint.
Just to go back on 'Pornography', I wonder how it must have been like to have that and 'The Dreaming' in the same year?! And apparently both albums were misunderstood in their own ways at the time. Those two with Siouxsie's 'Juju' to me represent the same point in their respective artists' discography and do seem to share similarities, on a purely creative standpoint, in a way.
I love those long intros, I was listening The Same Deep Water As You earlier and was thinking how perfectly dark it is, Robert captured a vast feeling of emptiness and desperation, like I can actually envision floating in the middle of the dark ocean with so much void surrounding, and then it's followed by the epic Disintegration, which is possibly my favourite song they've ever recorded.
All Cats Are Grey is my favourite song from Faith, another haunting atmospheric vibe, I love how sombre and bleak it is, one thing I do wish is that Charlotte Sometimes had a proper place on Faith, it fits the vibe of that album really well, I'm glad Robert added it to the deluxe edition.
In terms of post-Wish albums, I've really been obsessing with the 2004 self titled album for the past week, I've read so much negativity towards this album, but I actually really enjoy it, I used to listen to a lot of nu-metal when I was a teenager, so I can confidently say this is definitely not a nu-metal album, just because the producer had previously produced albums for Slipknot and Korn doesn't automatically make this album anything close to metal, it's still the Cure to me, albeit a bit heavier and louder, but still very much The Cure.