Cure (Dlx Ltd Ed) (Dvd) Enhanced
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I have always been a Cure fan, but this was the first one that did nothing for me at all. Can't find a single hook or good melody. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
With the new album out, The Cure is redicovering their old roots and forming a few new ones in the process. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
I would highly recommend picking up this album, as it's damn good, but if you do, make sure you get the extra track at the end. Read morePublished on July 17 2004
I remember buying the Wish CD way back in the day and wondering what happened to Robert's mind with songs like "High". Read morePublished on July 13 2004
As a long time Cure fan I have always looked at each record as an individual piece of work. This creation is The Cure's rawest piece yet. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by patrick k lamb
That's the first thing significant about this album. Every song but two are under 5 minutes long. That makes the songs stronger and pack more punch. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
This new collection of songs is stunning in its energized, modernized, more stripped-to-the-basics interpretation of all Cure material. Read morePublished on July 12 2004
Well, I think that more than 20 years enchanting us with all their dazzling stuff, one day had to stop. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Luis Telmo
First off, this is a solid album, not a great album, not chock of full of winners like "Wish" and certainly not . . . Read morePublished on July 11 2004