Cure

The Cure

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Some years after announcing he was set to -- to paraphrase one of his songs -- go to bed once and for all, leaving the Cure on the shelf, Robert Smith has returned with a disc that not only lives up to the band's considerable legacy but furthers it considerably. Smith has been a palpable influence on generations of mope-meisters, including the current crop of emo

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Some years after announcing he was set to -- to paraphrase one of his songs -- go to bed once and for all, leaving the Cure on the shelf, Robert Smith has returned with a disc that not only lives up to the band's considerable legacy but furthers it considerably. Smith has been a palpable influence on generations of mope-meisters, including the current crop of emo purveyors, who could learn a thing or two from both the bracingly loud and gnashing "Us or Them," perhaps the most overtly modern-sounding tune on the self-titled disc, and the comparatively gentle "Lost," which swathes Smith's disoriented lyrics in a lurching acoustic swirl. Obsessions with doom and gloom still loom large over some songs here, such as "Labyrinth," a brooder that could have appeared on Seventeen Seconds, and the desperate-sounding "The Promise," which closes the disc with an increasingly frenzied soliloquy about death and those left in its wake. But as he did on many of middle-period Cure albums, such as Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Smith leavens the mood here and there with disarmingly bouncy pop songs like the shimmering "Before Three." There's not enough sweetness and light here to worry longtime fans who prefer to accentuate the negative, but the balance between chiming notes and suicide notes is struck finely enough to establish The Cure as the band's most absorbing album in a decade or more.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For a long time, maybe 15 years or so, Robert Smith rumbled about the Cure's imminent retirement whenever the band had a new album ready for release. Invariably, Smith said the particular album served as a fitting epitaph, and it was now time for him to bring the Cure to an end and pursue something else, maybe a solo career, maybe a new band, maybe nothing else. This claim carried some weight when it was supporting a monumental exercise in dread, like Disintegration or Bloodflowers, but when applied to Wild Mood Swings, it seemed like no more than an empty threat, so fans played along with the game until Smith grew tired of it, abandoning it upon the 2004 release of his band's eponymous 13th album. Instead of being a minor shift in marketing, scrapping his promise to disband the Cure is a fairly significant development since it signals that Smith is comfortable being in the band, perhaps for the first time in his life. This sense of peace carries over into the modest and modestly titled The Cure, which contains the most comfortable music in the band's canon -- which is hardly the same thing as happy music, even if this glistens in contrast to the deliberate goth classicism of Bloodflowers. Where that record played as a self-conscious effort to recreate the band's gloomy heyday, this album is the sound of a band relaxing, relying on instinct to make music. The Cure was recorded and released quickly -- the liner notes state it was recorded in the spring of 2004, and it was released weeks later, at the end of June -- and while it never sounds hurried, it never seems carefully considered either, since it lacks either a thematic or musical unity that usually distinguish the band's records. It falls somewhere between these two extremes, offering both towering minor-key epics like the closing "The Promise" and light pop like "The End of the World." It's considerably more colorful than its monochromatic predecessor, and the rapid recording gives the album a warmth that's pleasing, even if it inadvertently emphasizes the familiarity of the material. Which is ultimately the record's Achilles' heel: the Cure have become journeymen, for better and worse, turning out well-crafted music that's easy to enjoy yet not all that compelling either. It's not a fatal flaw, since the album is a satisfying listen and there's also a certain charm in hearing a Cure that's so comfortable in its own skin, but it's the kind of record that sits on the shelves of die-hard fans, only occasionally making its way to the stereo.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
Their most adventurous and pasionate [album] since Disintegration.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0602498628850
catalogNumber:
9862885
Rank:
16825

Tracks

  1. Lost
  2. Labyrinth
  3. Before Three
  4. The End of the World
  5. Anniversary
  6. Us or Them
  7. alt.end
  8. I Don't Know What's Going On
  9. Taking Off
  10. Never
  11. The Promise

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cure   Primary Artist
Perry Bamonte   Guitar,Group Member
Simon Gallup   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Robert Smith   Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Roger O'Donnell   Keyboards,Group Member
Jason Cooper   Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Perry Bamonte   Composer
Steve Evetts   Engineer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Robert Smith   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Roger O'Donnell   Composer
Jason Cooper   Composer
Ross Robinson   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Jordan Schur   Executive Producer
Daryl Bamonte   Executive Producer
Sian   Artwork
Tom Stanley   Engineer
Keith Uddin   Engineer
Christopher   Artwork
Jesse Cannon   Programming
Bunny Lake   Executive Producer
Noosha   Artwork
Sarahnearly   Artwork

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The Cure 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JEANPIERREFORRES6 More than 1 year ago
    Perhaps my favorite album. I got "LOST" , loved it, and found myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this album has some great tracks (Lost, Labyrinthe, Anniversary, The Promise) more reminiscent of their '80s work, many are not beyond average, and some of the best tracks were left off this 11 track US release, as decided by Geffen Records. The vinyl version has all 15 tracks, the Japanese CD 14, the UK one 13, and the European one 12. What was left off are not regular b-sides and are far better than the average tracks on here; they would have made this a truly remarkable comeback from the disintegration after 1992's "Wish".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I've loved the Cure for about a year or so, and this album hasn't really disappointed me, it's just that I'm not used to Robert Smith nearly screaming and distorted guitar riffs, I'm used to the special effects bass guitars, warm sounding guitars, and Roberst Smith almost crying, but I couldn't love the Cure more, "The End of The World" "Anniversary" are the best tracks in my opinion, "The Promise" has some beautifully arranged lyrics, but the music going to it doesn't really fit in my opinion...I'm waiting for another Cure record like the really depressing 1981 release "Faith".
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have liked the cure for a long time because my dad growing up was a huge fan of the cure and still is so he got me into them. this is a great album as are many others by the cure and i think anyone who likes the cure should get this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The latest cure album is so close to perfection. Tracks like Anniversary, Lost, and The End of the World are spectacular. The additional studio footage is amazing. Every song is bound to be a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Smith is a genius by every definition of the word. He hasn't changed his outlook on the world since the band started in the late 70's, and there has never been a time in his life when he has not worn black. This album really reflects no matter how much time goes by in between their studio releases, the Cure can always come back out swinging so to speak. Pick this one up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am pretty much always blown away by the cure. They never change because some one wants them to and it really pays off in making this band last so long. This new album is unbelievable. It totally drew me in from the start with “Lost.” My favorite tracks though are the End of the World and Anniversary. I haven’t been able to get it out of my cd player. AWESOME!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definetly the best cd in the world! weakest song is before three and us or them is a headbanger song and you have to get into it everytime you hear it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cure album is one of their best. While "The End of the World", being as good as it is, came out as a hit on the radio, there are other tracks on the album just as good, maybe better. My personal favorite is "Labyrinth", but "Taking off" and "Before three" are such awesome songs. I love how the cure can progress and progress, but never lose their image or vibe, as other bands tend to do. This CD is still very much the cure, acutally at their best. This album being a cd-extra is also especially great, the "secret site" it leads you too has so much cool stuff on it! I especially like the interview with Robert Smith. And so, to match the juvenile ambiance of the album art, I'd like to say "A+"!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before buying this CD I would definitely not consider myself a Cure fan, however, I figured I give it a shot and I was absolutely blown away with how good this album is. After the first couple of tracks I could easily put them in the top ten of my favorite bands. Not only are Robert’s lyrics simply amazing but the music is fantastic as well. The passion, anger, and sadness that Robert displays really give the songs the true emotion that most artists and bands lack. “Us or Them” would be the best example of this and is my favorite track on the album. “Lost” and “The Promise” are also two of my favorites on the CD. This is one of the best CDs I’ve heard in a long time. I highly recommend this album to any and all music fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago