The Cure
Greatest Hits


4.0
excellent

Review

by brycey USER (19 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 23 replies | 24,541 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Everyone must have heard about The Cure at some point in their lives. For me, unfortunately, it wasn’t until recently. I’ve never had the chance to see them live, or see them break-up, then get back together again. Releasing albums by The Cure is like finding toys in cereal. This is their third compilation of ‘greatest hits’, and they’ve released countless live albums. Nevertheless, the songs on this are tremendous.

So the album begins with possibly their most famous song, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, which also happens to be the song that introduced me to The Cure. The lead guitar part to this song alone can make me very close to crying! Nevermind the lyrics! I personally think this was such a great song to write. I think what makes it so sad, is the title itself.

Through this CD, we are given some really great songs. ‘Just Like Heaven’ for example. Begins with a small drum part, which introduces the repetitive bassline, and the other instruments enter one by one.

I think what makes me love The Cure so much, is how basic they are. Think about how bored Simon must get playing ‘A Forest’. It bores me to no end playing that. But still, it’s a great song, because it’s so basic. Their songs aren’t exactly complicated, but Robert and the band manage to make them sound incredible. As I’ve said, the basslines aren’t exactly professional material, but it’s amazing how they were able to make them sound so catchy. Also, if any of you have had the pleasure of watching any Cure videos, I’d like to add that the ‘Why Can’t I Be You?’ video, is my favourite, and also one of my personal favourite Cure songs.

Robert seems to be the expert with quite abstract lyrics. From ‘Let’s Go To Bed’:
‘Let me take your hand, I’m shaking like milk’ for example.
Also, from ‘Lullaby’ we have Robert saying: ‘The Spiderman is having me for dinner tonight’. We must give him credit for his imaginative writing, as well as his original similes.

I find that towards the end of the album, the songs become less interesting. I can’t walk up to my CD player, and stick it on ‘Wrong Number’ or ‘Just Say Yes’. I’ll only listen to them if they come on randomly. Whenever I’m listening to the album, like right now, I’m usually within the first 12 tracks. ‘The Caterpillar’ is the song playing now, and I absolutely love the chorus, and towards the end of the song. Also, the piano part to ‘The Lovecats’ makes me want to get up and dance!

Recently, The Cure were named the MTV Icons 2004, and had bands like Deftones, AFI, Blink-182, Razorlight and The Cure themselves performing. I disliked the Razorlight cover of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ with a burning passion, but that is only my opinion. This whole review is my opinion basically. Whether or not you take my comments to heart is up to you.

Recommended Tracks:
Boys Don’t Cry
Let’s Go To Bed
In Between Days
Why Can’t I Be You?
Lullaby

This may be yet ANOTHER Greatest Hits release for The Cure, in which the track listing hasn’t changed that dramatically. If you’re looking for somewhere to start for The Cure, this would be your first buy. I love this album to pieces.



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lost_profits
November 26th 2004



59 Comments


sure, this is a nice cd and i was even caught humming to 'the lovecats' a few times.

But in no way does this represent half of the cure. Disintegration or Pornography are the way to go.

Btw, Good review.

Sep
November 26th 2004



297 Comments


Good review, I thought about reviewing it as well. I like it, but never find myself listening to it. I completely agree with you on the piano part on "The Lovecats". I also love the drumming, it is so basic but fits perfectly with the songs.

sobelecta
February 11th 2005



38 Comments


The Cuer are the best band ever, but Staring at the Sea is the better greatest hits album (even though 'Mint Car' isn't on that one, or 'Just like Heaven'). Where is 'Charlotte Sometimes' or 'Hanging Garden'? One of them at least.

This shows the more poppy, manstream Cure side, which is still excellent.

jonno_2010
May 14th 2005



58 Comments


im gonna check this out, i really starting to like the cure!

ArseCrack
July 28th 2005



13 Comments


This is a really cool album and good review! the love ctas and boys dont cry are classic tracks. I think pictures of you is a really v cool song aswell.

Two-Headed Boy
December 10th 2005



4527 Comments


lovin' me some cure!

^ i know, that seemed ... i dunno

Neoteric
December 10th 2005



3243 Comments


My dad has a Cure Greatest Hits album, it has an old man on the cover.

Two-Headed Boy
December 10th 2005



4527 Comments


good for your dad

I'M NASTAYYYThis Message Edited On 10.19.06

pulseczar
December 10th 2005



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cathedral, that compilation is called "Staring at the Sea"

Neoteric
December 10th 2005



3243 Comments


Cathedral, that compilation is called "Staring at the Sea"

ah I see.

AtTheDriveIn198d
December 11th 2005



158 Comments


awesome album, i dont like "just say yes" very much tho

Honeymoon_Croon
April 9th 2006



297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was the first Cure CD I bought... I'm kinda disappointed. Especially because the first Cure song I heard was "Pictures Of You" and it wasn't on their. I still love this CD, though, it shows a broad range. (LOL, random thing: as soon as I typed "Pictures of You wasn't on their" that song came on my LaunchCast XD) Though it could have used some more of their gloomy stuff like "Hanging Garden". I do love that "The Walk" is on their though, another one of my favs.

Kaleid
December 31st 2006



710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This compilation doesn't quite showcase all The Cure's talents (especially their darker, heavier side) but all in all it's a solid collection of tunes that somehow twist Smith's awkward lyrics ("...shaking like milk"?) into a listenable format. They could have left 'Just Say Yes' off, though

jrowa001
April 9th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a great greatest hits album. i tend to listen to the Acoustic Bonus cd more than this though

CoRpSeSlAyEr
April 11th 2007



855 Comments


I'm kind of suprised that they did not put One Hundred Years on here.

NeoOrder
March 12th 2008



25 Comments


Without hesitation, this is the fullest Greatest Hits album I've ever heard. Sure the last track and "Never Enough" are a bit meh, but it's a great album.

Titan50
November 15th 2008



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good songs, although it shows the more poppy side of The Cure, instead of their darker side, meaning I'll have tos hed out some cash if I want to hear The Cure at their best. Best tracks are A Forest, Lullaby and Never Enough

toyour
October 18th 2009



95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like the cure
They're catchy and pictures of you is so epic. Love it.

BrandNewBoognish
October 18th 2009



1021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Meh

devoted82
July 21st 2011



19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Both "A Forest" and "In Between Days" still sound fairly good but overall i cant bare this band, shame really, i used to love them as a teen, i guess i just grew out of them. They lost me completely with that god-awful self titled album in '04.



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