Songs that Changed Music: Just Like Heaven - The Cure

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But in 1987, the band’s indie sound collided with a pop aesthetic that captured audiences and reminded the world that popular music could still be art. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (the band’s seventh studio album) gave the band their first top 40 album on the Billboard 200. In Barry Walsh’s review for Slant magazine, he compared the ambitious double-sided album to another eclectic and lengthy pop endeavor - the Beatles’ “White Album” - and concluded. “Cure gives the listener the kind of roller-coaster rush that only great pop can provide—they take you all the way through the amusement park, plying you with the sweetest cotton candy, until you wind up giddy and disoriented in the hall of mirrors.” Within this thrilling journey, the third single to be released from the album, “Just Like Heaven” gave the band their first top 40 single and first real American hit.

While “Just Like Heaven” was their biggest single of their career in the mid-eighties, it was not Smith’s first foray into writing a catchy pop song. His 1983 UK hit “The Lovecats” hit number seven in the UK but Smith disparaged the track saying “‘The Lovecats’ is far from being my favourite song: composed drunk, video filmed drunk, promotion made drunk. It was a joke." However, with “Just Like Heaven,” Smith says “I knew as soon as I’d written it that it was a good pop song.” In fact, in 2003 he reflected even more positively upon the track calling it, “the best pop song The Cure has ever all the sounds meshed, it was one take, and it was perfect.”

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