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Cure (Dlx Ltd Ed) (Dvd) ~ Cure
Because Cure fans are fiercely loyal, they're also pretty harsh on new product. What if this album were a new release by a west coast "emo" band? The band would be hailed as the "new Cure," wouldn't they? But is this as good as "Pornography"? It can't quite measure up, because ... The Cure's style will never sound as new and original as it did back then. This IS a strong album from beginning to end, and more satisfying than the last two. Robert Smith has decided to relax a bit. "Bloodflowers" was a conscious attempt to recreate the style of Disintegration, Faith and like albums. It was good, but all that effort made it a bit labored. This album, recorded fast, is just a bunch of… Read more
Singles ~ Suede
Singles ~ Suede
Suede epitomizes the glam-pop single. Their career began with three devastating hits - "The Drowners," "Animal Nitrate" and "Metal Mickey," each of which has mysterious, dreamy lyrics and Bernard Butler's brilliant guitar lines driving the hooks home. These songs epitomized fey teenage romance for all ages. "Stay Together," their not-on-any-album masterpiece, is another melody true enough to convince half the world's songwriters to give it up and take up needlepoint. Its lyrics are perfect Suede, with that element of the sinister built in - "There's a time bomb in the high rise"... "We will dance in the poison rain"... There's… Read more
Heavy Night With ~ Relaxed Muscle
Heavy Night With ~ Relaxed Muscle
So Jarvis of Pulp, after making one of the great pop albums of the '90s (Different Class), and other world class collections, got fed up with the music industry, the predatory English tabloids and the "hit singles industry." So, with a fellow Pulpster, he decided to turn up the volume and have fun. The result is loud and funny - some said the joke wasn't funny enough to sustain a whole album. But keep listening and these songs reveal Jarvis' peerless lyrical wit and ear for hooks. Okay - may as well admit that this won't be for every Britpop fun because the sound is closer to Marilyn Manson than Blur - but, overall: funny, cool, brilliant.