Greatest Hits Best of
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|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|
|12. Never Enough|
|14. Friday I'm In Love|
|15. Mint Car|
|16. Wrong Number|
|17. Cut Here|
|18. Just Say Yes|
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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a. Someone who's interested in getting into the Cure
b. A longtime Cure fan, seeing if the chosen songs are worthy.
As a result, this review will have two sides: "New to Cure" and "Cure veteran"
New to Cure:
Ok, here's the deal with the Cure:
1. The band has two sides. Light, poppy, and somewhat happy is one side. Dark, complex, and miserable is the other.
2. Every one of the Cure's albums falls into one of these two categories; there is no gray area.
3. The band's best work is really on their dark albums (i.e. Pornography, Faith, Disintegration), which primarily contain long, drawn-out, complex, beautiful, dark, depressing mood pieces.
4. However, long, complex mood pieces don't tend to make good radio singles, so this Greatest Hits collection is composed almost entirely of their lighter, poppier, happier songs.
5. If you're interested the Cure because you've heard songs like "Boys don't cry", "Close to me", "Just like heaven", "Love song", and "Friday, I'm in love", this collection is perfect for you. It's chock full of irresistibly catchy, poppy, and danceable tunes.
6. However, if you want to see the Cure at their absolute best, pick up the albums Disintegration, Pornography, and Faith. They take repeated listenings to really get into, but trust me, it's worth the effort.
If you're like most Cure veterans, you're probably all set to go off on a rant about how this collection basically only contains their poppy stuff and hardly has anything from their darker albums. Well, to that I say, what did you expect? This is a GREATEST HITS collection, not a "best of.Read more ›
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To be honest, I bought this box set just for the acoustic version of "A Forest". Someone had posted the video of that version on youtube and I had to have it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A.I.
This CD has so many awesome tracks from the Cure. I love it almost as much as I love cheese. And let me tell you how much I love cheese. Very much. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2007 by Mike
In August, 2004 - the Cure will be coming out with remastered versions of 'Pornography', 'Faith', 'Seventeen Seconds', & then they will possibly move on to remastering their latter... Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Mr. Moist
There are some songs that do deserve to make the cut of greatest hits on that cd but tell me here where is "The Kiss" and "The Hanging Garden" tow ultimate... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by P. R. Wolfe
Don't get me wrong, The Cure are probably one of my favorite bands of all time but this Greatest Hits collection to me is pretty skimpy. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Barbara Streisands Love Slave
The Cure were hardly ever a "hits" band, which makes this CD a puzzler. By omitting a large amount of earlier material and both "fascination Street" and... Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Tim Brough
When I first purchased this two CD set, I thought I had screwed up. Although, the Greatest Hits are good, they sound dated to me & I would have been happier with the inclusion... Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by Christina R. Mead
Alot of people say this cd sucks because it doesn't have a few good hits. But if your not a hardcore fan this cd is pretty good for what it does have. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Clay Hillin
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