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Cure (Dlx Ltd Ed) (Dvd) Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (June 29 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00029PBYE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
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1. Lost
2. Labyrinth
3. Before Three
4. Truth Goodness and Beauty
5. The End Of The World
6. Anniversary
7. Us or Them
8. alt.end
9. I Don't Know What's Going On
10. Taking Off
11. Never
12. The Promise
13. Going Nowhere

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Product Description

Originally release 2004. Deluxe Edition Includes 30 Minute Making of the Record DVD. Album produced by Robert Smith and Ross Robinson.

Having threatened to enter into retirement after 2000's bleak goodbye letter, Bloodflowers, weathered British goth idols the Cure turned around only to discover their sound being commandeered by the likes of the Rapture, Hot Hot Heat, and Interpol. Is it any wonder the band seems a little put out on its self-titled 13th studio album? The disc sounds like a terse history lesson covering all eras of its back catalog, from the baroque post-punk of 1981's Faith ("Labyrinth") and jangle-pop of 1987's Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me ("Taking Off") straight through the atmospheric dirges of 1989's Disintegration ("The Promise") and the dark-tinged MOR of 1996's Wild Mood Swings ("The End of The World"). It's not so much a comeback effort as a collection of templates affirming that no one does the Cure better than themselves. --Aidin Vaziri

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Format: Audio CD
The Cure set out to create the definitive, self-titled Cure album that basically summarizes their work over the past 20+ years. I own every album and have just about every B-side/rarity. This album really does feel like it spans various albums, with more of a focus on their later albums. Here's what I think the songs sound like, on a track-by-track basis.
LOST - a very stark, brooding, angry Cure song.
LABYRINTH - something from The Top/The Snakepit. It has that psychedelic drug-induced sound to it.
BEFORE THREE - sounds like a Wish B-side. Kind of pop, kind of depressing. Heavy guitar sound.
THE END OF THE WORLD - a goofy Wild Mood Swings song, like The 13th or something. Gets kind of weird in the middle, but mostly poppy.
ANNIVERSARY - A classic, dreamy Disintegration-era song.
US OR THEM - An angry, edgy Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me type of song.
ALT.END - The intro sounds a lot like In Your House from Seventeen Seconds.
(I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING) ON - I don't know what to think of this song.
TAKING OFF - Could be a Wild Mood Swings B-side. Reminds me a lot of A Pink Dream.
NEVER - Simple, early Cure Three Imaginary Boys type of guitar song.
THE PROMISE - Harsh, feedback-heavy, swirly Wish-era guitar song. Sounds a bit like The Kiss.
Get the U.K. version on CD if you can. With that and the End of the World single you get all 15 songs from the double LP album instead of just the lame 11 song U.S. set. Overall, I really like this album. Like all good Cure albums, you have to listen to it over and over to really get a good feel for the album.
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I went out and bought this the day it came out, and I have to admit I was slightly disappointed. The production is very different, the guitars are more raw and the keyboards are further back in the mix than a lot of other Cure albums. But it grew on me over time....well most of it did. I'll never like "Never" and I've always been annoyed with the weak melody of "Us and Them". But most of the album is actually very good. A lot better than Wild Mood Swings. I'd say it's about as good as Bloodflowers. I see Bloodflowers as sort of a thematic mood album, whereas this one is more raw and energetic and seems more like a band effort. Neither album is as good as, say...Disintegration. I'm sure the moron reviewer in Rolling Stone didn't help, comparing this to Disintegration, probably dissapointing more than just a few Cure fans upon first listen..."*GASP*! This doesn't sound like Disintergration! And what's that new-wavey single all about??". I wasn't quite sure what to expect at all, but the truth is, there is some classic Cure here. "Before Three", "End of the World" and especially "Taking Off" are all great, catchy well-written songs. "Lost" has a really cool dissonant guitar chord or something in it that makes it sound completely unique and it builds up into a very intense, pounding crescendo. "Anniversary" is one of their best gloomy numbers in a while. Very atmospheric and ambient. Some of these reviews are harsh though, I don't get it. I guess some people can't be pleased. Remember, it's always fair to give an album lots of listens before you judge it. Every Cure album is challenging to get into in some way.
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The '80's, for better or worse, are back. In recent months, the record buying public has seen new releases from Prince and Morrissey, as well as other artists from that two-decade-ago era. Further proof of this return is the newest self-titled album from the Cure, an effort that may be their best since 1989's "Disintegration". As dark as anything the band as done, this album brings back the memories of the bands best work, as the listener might be compelled to stick an ice pick in their eye after hearing this disc. From the opener, "Lost", bandleader Robert Smith is in full on "I hate my life and I'm miserable" mode, as he repeats the lyric, "I can't find myself", over and over again. The gloominess continues on "Labyrinth", which could be an inspiration for future Radiohead songs, as the music is as dark and driven as anything that Thom Yorke and the boys could have ever done. Even the albums artwork looks as if it was conceived by the boys in Radiohead. Next up is "Before Three", which features a pulsating guitar and bass line that is in-line with the bands best work from the past. The first single from the album, "The End Of The World" is up next, which again shows the band to be in its best form in years. Other standout tracks include, "Us Or Them", which displays the band's heavier side, "On", and "Taking Off", which could become a dance-club staple. Mr. Smith has truly re-dedicated himself to his craft, and has dispelled the notion that the band's best years are behind them. After the recent disasters that were the band's most recent efforts, long-time fans of the band should be quite satisfied with this effort.Read more ›
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Unfortunately, The Cure's latest offering is inconsistent. While it is an improvement from "Bloodflowers," it occasionally falters.
The album begins with "Lost," which, despite sounding like a B-side, is lyrically well crafted, and the music is quite intense.
"Labryinth" is a bad version of "Snake Pit." Why is Robert screaming?
"Before Three," and "The End of the World," are a bit more upbeat and energetic. Great!
"Us or Them" is a thinly disguised critique of global terror's distortion of religion and the U.S.'s (justified) military response. A complex situation cannot be reduced to sound bites or a few poetic lines. Stick to love songs, Robert.
"alt.end" is refreshing. Lyrically strong and musically solid.
Interesting that "Taking Off" could have been on "Wild Mood Swings" or maybe "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me."
"Never" is strong musically. In contrast, "The Promise" is the song that doesn't end. Ten minutes long. It is a rare song that has enough steam to keep the listener for that long. Sometimes less is more.
At times, Smith's singing is brilliant and controlled. At other times, he sounds out of control.
The cover and other graphics must be a joke. It is generally not a good idea to have toddlers design your album; if they do, at least be selective about what artwork is featured.
The "bonus" DVD features the band in their studio recording their album. No interviews, no interaction, no life. Five men playing instruments in a dim room surrounded by candles. It may reflect the overall problem with this album: incomplete and rushed ideas.
The Cure has done much better.
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