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The Cure Enhanced

3.6 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 29 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00028HOFY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Lost
2. Labyrinth
3. Before Three
4. The End Of The World
5. Anniversary
6. Us Or Them
7. Alt. End
8. (I Don't Know What's Going) On
9. Taking Off
10. Never
11. The Promise

Product Description

It’s the grooviest thing, it’s a perfect dream.....the new album is their most adventurous and passionate since Disintegration. -- Rolling Stone, July 2004

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Format: Audio CD
OK so the album is decent. I admit that I haven't listened to it a whole lot though. I own a 2003 Dodge and the CD won't play in my car's CD player. I thought it was a defective disc and got a replacement. Still it wouldn't play. I took the car to the dealer and had them replace the player. It still won't play. I had to make a copy in order to play the copy in my car! It plays fine in all my other CD players though. So if you own a Dodge with a factory CD player the CD might not play....or even eject (longer story). The music is decent though. Favorites are "Before Three", and "alt.end". Don't care too much for the first 2 songs. They are rather dissonant to my ear. "The Promise" reminds me of songs from "Wish" like "Open" and "End". I thought the bonus DVD was totally lame. I was hoping for and interview. And the enhanced CD took me to a website with interviews but my dial up would have taken me forever (I know I am behind the times but so is 85% of the internet using public). Good luck.
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Format: Audio CD
The Cure is one of my personal favorite bands of all time. The Cure is one of those rare bands that has managed to sustain a lengthy career in music especially nowadays where you are popular one second and considered a has-been the next second. The band's longevity should be envied by every artist and band, especially for bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit who had their moment in the sun and barely went gold with their latest albums. Robert Smith has one of the most unique vocals I have ever heard. My favorite Cure album? "Disintegration" of course but I realize that not all of The Cure's music is going to sound like 'Disintegration". It had been four years since the band's last album the wonderful "Bloodflowers", a mopey, romantic album. I have to admit I was concerned that Ross Robinson, producer of such horrid rock acts like Korn and Limp Bizkit would ruin the band's sound. Thankfully he did not. The results is interesting. The album lacks the emotional, romantic, whimsical feelings of "Disintegration" and "Bloodflowers". The music is more rocking. "The Cure" almost reminds me of "Pornography" but louder. Still I liked "The Cure" although the album has received mixed reviews. It isn't perfect but it is definitely a joy to listen to.
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Format: Audio CD
The Cure's new self-titled album puts a strong focus on Robert Smith's vocals. Almost all of the hooks on the album, and there are many, come from the rhythmic arrangement of Smith's words. The flow of the lyrics is instantly catchy, and there are almost no completely instrumental parts to distract from it. The music takes on a supporting role, providing the rhythmic backdrop for Smith's singing. It's also used to create dramatic effect, like the steely guitar build-up on "Lost." The keyboards almost never rise to the surface, but Simon Gallup's powerful bass sound is given prominence on several tracks. The overall sound is much murkier and muddier; just listen to the ending of "Lost," and you'll see just how aggressively distorted the guitars are. There are no long, stately songs with strings and pianos; the tempo is high throughout, and with only two exceptions, all the songs on the album run for less than five minutes. In fact, the music sounds remarkably unlike the Cure; it's not the brooding, sparsely-produced sound of their early days, and it's certainly not the clean melodious sound of The Head on the Door or Disintegration. This album might be compared to the more guitar-heavy moments of their 1992 album Wish (the squalling guitars on "The Promise" are especially similar to the solos on "Cut"), but even that doesn't quite summarize it. "Before Three" sounds a little like Catherine Wheel circa 1993, actually.
As for Robert Smith's vocals, they've regained a vigour that they haven't had for a long time. Like the music, they're more aggressive than ever before - not bludgeoning, not unlistenable, but forceful.
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Format: Audio CD
am amazed at the scorchingly negative reviews this album is receiving here and elsewhere, but also heartened by the positive or at least more restrained reviews which seem to be written by those who are able to eschew preconceived notions about what a "true" Cure album should be. Naturally, people will have to make up their own minds, but I would hope that they would give this disc many thorough listens before dismissing it. A given criticism's validity evolves from its constructive rendering, and constructive criticisms evolve from thoughtful immersions into the sounds of whatever music is being reviewed.
But such is the Cure's hardcore fanbase: rabidly ardent followers of a band that has come to mean so much to each of us personally. I myself am not always happy with every song the Cure has put out, but I embrace the flaws anyway, and generally am able to embrace the band's inevitable mutations through time.
On The Cure's eponymous offering, there are classic Cure moments. In general the album does a great job at assimilating old Cure sounds into a new Cure pattern. It's as though for each song they take fragments of several Cure songs and weave them into a new tapestry.Gone are the lengthy musical preludes, and the mixing can be a little challenging to deal with sometimes - vocals mixed on top of the songs rather than within the songs. However, the live recording gives it a raw energy that is refreshing, if a bit jolting sometimes.
Besides, even if some of the songs sound a bit more stripped of the textures prevalent on many Cure albums, we must remember that the band actually started out with a more spacious sound and moved away from that in favor of a fuller more fleshed out feel.
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