The Cure
The Cure


3.0
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Review

by Scott Herren USER (42 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 23 replies | 37,343 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


4 of 5 thought this review was well written

The evolution of the Cure has provided fans with an interesting ride. They first broke onto the scene in the 70's and at the time their sound was basically jangly pop tunes with elements of post punk releasing singles like "Boys Don't Cry", "the Lovecats", and "Close to Me". Fast forward in their career and their later albums, the only 2 albums released by the Cure in the last 8 years, Bloodflowers and The Cure, and there is a very contrasting style of droning guitars and slower, sadder, and generally much fuller tunes that was hinted at on the critically acclaimed albums Pornography and Disintegration.

The gloomy feel however wasn't as prevalent on the earlier albums, and the pop tunes were still present. Hearing the singles off the newer albums like "Maybe Someday" or "The End of the World", it almost feels like I am listening to a completely different band entirely, which is in no way a bad thing.

The Cure were one of the bands that emerged immediately following the punk rock scene, and to this day remain arguably the most popular of this group. While they aren't usually classified as goth, they paved the way for the goth movement, and Robert Smith surely dressed the part. The Cure didn't cross into the mainstream until the late 1980s, after they had already been a band for over 10 years, and the highlight came with the release of Disintegration in 1989.

The addition of a keyboard in the 80s added to their spacey, gloomy feel, as the band slowly moved away from the jangle pop, and began to cater to the fans of 80s synth pop and groups like Depeche Mode. This came to a climax on Disintegration, and it was at this point that the Cure really became a household name as they enjoyed their biggest hit with "Lovesong". They would later release a wonderful followup with Wish containing another smash hit "Friday I'm In Love".

Notable Songs:

"Lost"
"The End of the World"
"(I Don't Know What's Going) On"
"Taking Off"

This album is a hard one for me to review. I love most Cure material, but this album especially is a hard one for me to get into. It shows a certain maturity, and that I think is one of it's downfalls. This album is not quite as gloomy as Disintegration, or even their last album Bloodflowers, and the result is what I sense to be a lack of emotion. When I put on a Cure album I am used to being affected and this album doesn't deliver.

The album contains several solid pop songs like "Taking Off" and "(I Don't Know What's Going) On", but there is nothing that really blows me away. It is a comfortable listen in the sense that it isn't an attention grabber, and that is the fatal flaw. After listening to the album several times I came to the conclusion that there are no real standouts, but it is rather just a collection of solid songs. The band churns out solid song after solid song like a well tuned machine. The obvious single is "The End of the World" which uses some elements of the gloom and emotion that made for past success, but there are only a few songs that I can say that about.

When the band was thriving it was because of Robert Smith's instability. On The Cure, Smith and company seem to be just putting out a halfhearted record just because they hadn't had one in 4 years. Maybe it has come with age, but this album definately feels stale, and I hate to say it, but the best years for the Cure seem to be in the past.

This is an album that a Cure fan may listen to and say, "Where is the 'Lovesong', the 'Friday', the 'Charlotte Sometimes', or the 'Mint Car'...? I felt the same way. If you go into this album expecting it to be great you are going to be disappointed, but if you go in with a clean slate so to speak, you will likely see it as a solid record. The problem is I don't have that clean slate.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
CO&CAbasser14
January 4th 2005



16 Comments


I agree that it wasnt any "pornography" or "disinterigation" but i thought that this album was great, at the very least i would giv it a 3.5. But still a very thourough reveiw.

Sep
January 4th 2005



297 Comments


VERY good review. I'm going to rep you for that. I have 'Lost' and I've heard 'The End Of The World' and I liked them, but I'm glad I didn't buy the album after your review. Well done. :thumb:

EvIL_ToASTER_OVEN
January 4th 2005



24 Comments


I was very dissapointed with this cd. The cd is mediocre but that's just what it is, mediocre, nothing more, I was expecting something better, that's all. Great review though, I agree with everything you've said here.

Tangy zizzle
January 4th 2005



253 Comments


Fat Bob uses the line "any more than this" too much.

That is my gripe.

Hey Mr. Light Man
January 4th 2005



51 Comments


I think it's a fairly good album. I'd give it a 4 star rating.

sobelecta
February 8th 2005



38 Comments


I like all the singles, but I'm still undecided whether to buy the album or not.

sobelecta
May 17th 2005



38 Comments


I've now bought it, and I must say, I like it. End of the World, Never and Taking Off are all noteably good. Not Disintegration though.

Final Origin
June 18th 2005



358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was disappointed with the album but it does have some moments, but it does annoy me mostly. Just disappointed. Other than that, very good review. Everything is clear here.This Message Edited On 06.18.05

Two-Headed Boy
December 10th 2005



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i really like this album cuz it has some old cure, and new cure as well. good review, but WAY too low

Neoteric
December 10th 2005



3243 Comments


The End Of The World was quite annoying.

blinkchillie90
August 14th 2006



33 Comments


great band

nonotthat
November 28th 2007



2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Before Three is a great song and I didn't discover it until two years after I bought the album....that's how little I listened to it.

NeoOrder
January 22nd 2008



25 Comments


This album is definetaly a grower

DOUBTER
March 30th 2008



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed it's no classic.

Having said that , it does have some very good moments

Lost and Before Three really grew on me

Kaleid
April 11th 2008



710 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Bit hit and miss, but good for the most part. Feels like more of a compilation than the Greatest Hits did.
Anniversary is underrated, it's got a nice atmosphere

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
November 12th 2008



4927 Comments


Lost is probably the best track on this album

fireaboveicebelow
November 12th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah you're right, I don't like when albums have the first song be the best

realrock34
October 29th 2009



25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is the only CD of theirs I own. I like it a whole lot, and from the sound of this review, I'll like almost everything else even more. Would you all recommend "Disintegration" as the next one I should get?

fireaboveicebelow
October 29th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

from this cd I would get Bloodflowers and then Disintegration

dcha
June 19th 2010



990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually really like this album.



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