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  • Audio CD (Dec 4 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B00005R09Z
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boys Don't Cry
2. A Forest
3. Let's Go To Bed
4. The Walk
5. The Lovecats
6. Inbetween Days
7. Close To Me
8. Why Can't I Be You?
9. Just Like Heaven
10. Lullaby
11. Lovesong
12. Never Enough
13. High
14. Friday I'm In Love
15. Mint Car
16. Wrong Number
17. Cut Here
18. Just Say Yes

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Robert Smith and his mates in the Cure have never needed to follow trends to remain vital. Here are 16 gems by one of the most influential bands in modern rock- In Between Days; Why Can't I Be You; Boys Don't Cry; Let's Go to Bed; Close to Me; Just Like Heaven; Love Song; Friday I'm in Love; Mint Car; High , and more-plus two new songs!


As Greatest Hits--and particularly the busking pavement jazz of "Lovecats"--reminds us, the best Cure singles were very often tangential exercises; they offered a goth-free playtime divergence from some of the weightier studiousness of those early albums. Or, as smudged frontman Robert Smith says of this 18-track collection, "Songs that are sung with a smile." This wasn't always true--witness the refrigerated fogginess of the classic "A Forest," the Blair Witch Project of its day. What this compilation does is focus attention on the Cure's perennial unpredictability--the breathless claustrophobia of "Close to Me," the New Order-lite of "The Walk," the brass- section embellished thrust of "Why Can't I Be You." Oddly, chart-wise, the Cure's lost weekend began immediately after "Friday I'm in Love," their most ebullient melodic moment and the ultimate "clocking-off to kick those heels" anthem. But at least the inclusion of two new songs, "Cut Here" and "Just Say Yes" (with Saffron from Republica), indicate that the Cure remain a healthy, ongoing concern. --Kevin Maidment

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Scenario on June 19 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Cure have already put out one of the most celebrated best-of's of the rock era, "Staring At The Sea", covering all the singles from their 1979-1985 period (definitely the fans' favorite era). They followed it up a few years back with an admirable companion, "Galore", which picked up where the previous volume left off. Those two CD's give you every single the Cure released up through 1997. I would suggest picking those two up and leaving this one (which only scrapes together a few choice selections from those albums and throws in two new songs) in the dust. If "Greatest Hits" at least contained two of their biggest breakthrough hits from "Disintegration" ("Fascination Street" and "Pictures of You"), I could recommend it for an ultra-casual fan, but without those two songs it barely merits mention. It doesn't even contain anything from "Bloodflowers", their last stuido album, the only one not covered on "Staring At The Sea" or "Galore". The completist will want it for the two new songs (what a [bad move] move by the band and the record company), but for the casual fan, get the previous two compilations and enjoy!
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By mike on June 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
The reason for my low grade is that they already released two greatest hits albums which are both better than this one. Besides, The Cure's appeal isn't just amazing melodies, it's that dreamy, beautiful layered sound they have, and creating a certain mood. Perhaps it's better for the casual listener to get a greatest hits thing just to get a feel for the styles and evolution of the band before they get something like, say Seventeen Seconds which requires some patience before that "cure understanding" sinks in...but there's not even anything from Pornography on here, so you might as well get Staring at the Sea first, like I did. When I got that one, my first taste of the Cure, I loved every song on it but I still found it kind of an awkward listen, because all the different styles sounded wierd together. Still love it though, because it depicted the Cure as they were and still are, a creative, versatile band who aren't afraid to experiment with a vast array of styles and moods. But anyway, Greatest hits albums aside (it really doesn't matter that much which one you get...it's just preference), to me The Cure has always been an album-band. Their individual albums are probably the reason they have such a huge following. Some of them, like Disintegration are like a spiritual experience of some kind, and I know I'm not alone in my feelings about this. The acoustic disc is pretty cool though.
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I was wondering why would they put a Greatest Hits album four years after they already did one in 1997. But this album goes back to 1979 and moves forward to 2001. Very dynamic album all the way through and I like "A Forest" from 1980 just as well as the songs I've heard from them since 1987. "Lullaby" has such a funky beat that I'm sure some hip-hop artist will sample it for a song. I still love "Love Song" to this day, even 311's recent remake is no contest to the original. It has that '60s feel to it, but keeps a modern 1989 feel all throughout. I wished that they'd put "Fascination Street" on here--that rumbling bass guitar just drives that song and it would have fit on the album. "Just Like Heaven" and "Friday I'm In Love" have nearly the same identical sound and pace. "Wrong Number" shows that they could ride on that electronica sound quite well. They can do dark-themed songs so well, yet make them seem upbeat without that depression feel that Depeche Mode does. They got experimental on the later releases, but their knack for catchy songs, strong guitar leads, and dramatic rhythm sections are what have made them a superb band. Robert Smith's singing had lots of range to it and he delivered on all of the band's songs. The Cure are going to be talked about for a very long time!
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By A.K. W. on Feb. 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
I read some of the reviews on this cd, many people complaining that this album just features the Cure's most mainstream/poppy tracks.
What's wrong with that? For one thing, they are not all bubble-gummy just because they are for the most part more upbeat than other Cure songs. Take "Close to Me", for example. Listen to the lyrics of that song and tell me what it is actually about. That is what I like about the Cure. Sure, they feature some really dark tunes on other albums (Faith is especially moody) but life is not just about darkness and pain. Robert Smith is different because he can take a serious song and put it behind an upbeat background, and have it still make sense. Then when he does a truly optimistic song, it is more honest and genuine. "Mint Car" is an example of this, because it is truly happy and carefree and not superficial like a lot of pop tunes you hear on mainstream. "Lovesong" and "Just Like Heaven", I must admit are among the most mainstream but they are also a couple of my favorites. "Lovesong", for example, may be a love song, but I could definitely listen to it over and over and it would never get annoying.
So I say don't criticize this album just because it is all the popular tunes. Granted, I only gave this album 4 stars. This is because it does leave out a lot of really great songs. "Pictures of You" is one tune that I was very disappointed not to see. So if you really want those tracks get Galore or Staring at the Sea. Galore has newer stuff, Staring at the Sea has older stuff (these two albums were released 10 years apart). Also there is a new box set out with all the B-sides. Give this album some credit, though.
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