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Freakshow: Mix 13/All Kinds of Stuff Single, Import

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  • Audio CD (June 10 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B0019M82EO
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9da26a38) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d518174) out of 5 stars Expanding the comfort zone June 19 2008
By Kevin Kochanski - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After hearing "The Only One," a pleasant enough song that's a clear rehash of other Cure singles, "Freakshow" really surprised me. It's a very adventurous, unique single that works within the Cure's sound but with a welcome new energy. It's most similar to "The Man Inside My Mouth" or other goofier mid-80's Cure songs, but it mostly sounds unlike anything they've done. A great, catchy song!

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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d52b5d0) out of 5 stars Easily fits in with The Cure's other hits....sort of June 11 2008
By Eric Edelin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After giving us a dose of familiar, lush Cure-pop with 'The Only One' last month, The Cure head into a more danceable and rhythmic direction with 'Freakshow'. All 2:32 long of this song are packed with energy and drive as opposed to the laconic and wistful singles of yesteryear (and yestermonth, actually). To a point one could almost say 'Freakshow' has a definite jazzy, R&B vibe to it without having to sound like either genre directly. The rhythm section (long-time bassist Simon Gallup and drummer Jason Cooper) keep a groove-heavy, stop-start beat while Porl Thompson's wah-wah treated lead guitar nimbly weaves in and out of the mix. Smith's vocals are the icing on the cake; as frenetic and herky-jerky as the rhythm. The b-side, 'All Kinds Of Stuff' is an upbeat rocker, that while not quite as frantic as say 'Shiver And Shake' is a close cousin to 'Cut' from the 'Wish' album. The b-side explores more angsty territory ("So maybe I took too much/ Maybe I lost my touch/ Maybe I'm all kinds of stuff/ Maybe...") and backs it up with a fast tempo and more fierce guitar playing.

'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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d5558dc) out of 5 stars Freakshow June 18 2008
By Andrew Vice - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Freakshow, the second single in the Cure's set of four heralding the arrival of their 13th album, is a very nice song, and reminiscent of the funky sounds of the band that we haven't heard done well since The Head on the Door and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Both the single and the b-side are fast pieces, the disc itself clocking in at six minutes for two songs. The guitar on both tracks is excellent and very wah-ful, which is a clear indicator of the importance of Porl's return to the lineup. The lyrics in Freakshow continue Robert's fascination with romance and sexuality seen in The Only One and NY Trip, though the b-side takes a darker turn, sounding akin to an outtake from their 2004 self-titled album. Though some fans may prefer the poppier sound of The Only One to this single, I find that Freakshow has a kind of excitement and ballsiness that Robert Smith hasn't shown in a long time. The singles have gone from good to great so far, so keep an eye out for the third single due in July.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4e79d8) out of 5 stars if it doesn't make you want to dance you might be dead July 2 2008
By J'miah - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First of all I am that kind of Cure fan that literally loves everything they do, although I love Disintegration, Wish, and Head on the Door more than their other albums... As soon as I put this disc on I was floored by how infectiously groovy it is, it made me instantly start shaking my hips and waving my arms. It's a crazy little wild dance frenzy hit that doesn't rely on tiresome electronic beats, blips, and samples to get your butt shakin'.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1b2660) out of 5 stars Radical Shift In Musical Style July 3 2008
By Tyler King - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Is Freakshow different from what The Cure has released in the past? Yes and no. It has the same danceable feel that the song "The 13th" from the album "Wild Mood Swings" has and is reminiscent of one of the few good songs from the album "The Top," or even "Why Can't I Be You?" from the band's famous "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me" album. Beyond that, the similarities end.
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.