The Cureby The Cure
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.
- Release Date:
- Universal Int'l
- Before Three
- The End of the World
- Us or Them
- I Don't Know What's Going On
- Taking Off
- The Promise
Performance CreditsCure 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 CreditsPerry 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
Tom Stanley Engineer
Keith Uddin Engineer
Jesse Cannon Programming
Bunny Lake Executive Producer
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Perhaps my favorite album. I got "LOST" , loved it, and found myself.
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".
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".
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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+"!
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.