Robert Smith’s go-to albums for a good cry


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Robert Smith is known for his incredible sensitivity as both an artist and a person. His heartfelt and deep lyrics have moved entire generations through albums like Disintegration, Wish, and Bloodflowers. Despite his vast discography, Smith has confessed that there are two albums that particularly excite him when it comes to crying.

In an interview with NME in 2013, Smith revealed that Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold As Love (1967) and Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left (1969) are his go-to albums when he wants to shed a tear. He stated, “There are other albums that I love much more, viscerally much more, like Axis: Bold As Love or Five Leaves Left, albums I turn to when I want to cry.”

Five Leaves Left is Nick Drake’s debut album, released in 1969. The song “Time Has Told Me” from this album even inspired the name of The Cure, thanks to the verse “Time has told me/ You’re a rare, rare find/ A troubled cure, for a troubled mind.”

On the other hand, Robert Smith has also expressed his admiration for Jimi Hendrix, stating, “Hendrix was the first person I met who seemed completely free (…) he was the first person who made me think that it could be good to be a singer and guitarist; before, I wanted to be a footballer.”

It’s clear that both Axis: Bold As Love and Five Leaves Left hold a special place in Robert Smith’s heart, as they evoke deep emotions and resonate with him on a personal level. These albums have played a significant role in shaping his musical journey and continue to inspire him as an artist.

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