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Freakshow: Mix 13/All Kinds of Stuff Single, Import
Following up from the first single 'the only one', 'freakshow' is the second of four strictly limited edition, highly collectible singles to be lifted from the cure's eagerly awaited forthcoming album released worldwide on september 13th. Includes the non-album "b-side" 'All Kinds of Stuff'.
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The B-side is well-matched, and it's also a great song. I'd given up on Cure B-sides, which haven't been exciting since Wild Mood Swings, and reached a low with the crap that backed their self-titled album. But "All Kinds of Stuff" actually has a tune! Good times.
'Freakshow' is now appearing in The Cure's current tour as an encore, usually played with older classics like 'Why Can't I Be You?' and 'Close To Me' to favorable, but still mixed reactions by the fans. Smith seems to be making the statement that this single easily stands up to his best dance hits, which it does.
How do you think fans who bought 'Pornography' felt when they heard 'Lets Go To Bed' about six months later? How did fans react to 'The 13th' after a four-year hiatus from recording new material? 'Freakshow' shows that this aging group of alternative rockers still have a few pleasant surprises and are more than willing to throw us a curveball every now and then.
Definitely different from the material on their self-titled album (which is in my top 3 favorite Cure albums), Freakshow shows-off a happy side of Robert Smith and crew that hasn't been seen since "The Lovecats" in 1983.
Of course I can see why people complain about how this is such a violent shift from the band's past music, but remember: After the bleak album "Pornography," The Cure released the singles "Let's Go To Bed," "The Lovecats," and "The Walk," three of the happiest, care-free sounding Cure songs in the band's catalog.
As far as b-sides go, "All Kinds Of Stuff" is one of the better ones throughout the band's career. It follows in the same vein as the title track, however it's more straight-forward and guitar-driven.
All in all, it DID take me a few listens to fully appreciate the song, but, now that I have, I can't get enough of it and I eagerly look forward to the 13th of July, August, and, of course, September.
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