The Cure
4:13 Dream


4.0
excellent

Review

by NeoOrder USER (7 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2008 | 25 replies | 6,906 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great return to form, but not without its faults

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

It’s 3.15 in the afternoon, October 22, and a friend of mine comes to my house with a rather mischievous look on his face. Wondering what it was, I spot something in his hand. “I got a hold of the new Cure album, what what!”, he says. “Why that’s smashing old bean, bang it on then, chop chop”, and away we go.

The Cure return with the album 4:13 Dream - named because the band is now a 4 piece for the first time in about 15 years and it’s their 13th album. The dream part? Haven’t a clue, but it embodies what this album is about.

Opening track “Underneath the Stars” harks back to Disintegrations “Plainsong” in the way it entices you in and holds you there for the full 6 minutes. The vocals on the song are incredible, even if we don’t hear a them for a good 2 minutes into the song, but even saying that, the dreamy chord sequence keeps you captivated. Smith certainly knows how to make a song emotional, while Porl hammers away on some wonderfully abstract chords, Smith plays a nice melody on what sounds like his classic 6 string bass, then the vocals come in and this song really takes off. I’m tempted to say this is the best song on the album, because it really does stand out.

For the rest of the album, the cheery poppy version of the Cure takes over. Most of the songs are in the same style as most of 1992s “Wish”, and it’s obvious the Cure are in a happier place, Porl obviously welcomed back with open arms. His scratchy guitar inhabits most of the songs from here on out.

The albums highlights include previous singles “The Only One”, in which Smith is strangely sexual (it get’s quite uncomfortable at times with lyrics like “Sliding into you” and the like) and “Freakshow”, here in a slightly different mix than the single version, but in no way does this take away the energy of the song. Smith is rather upfront with the song “The Reasons Why” in which he seems to discuss suicide with an unnamed person, although the guitar melodies really shine. For a song about suicide, it’s weirdly catchy. “The Hungry Ghost” sounds like it was lifted right off “The Head On The Door” in the way it jumps straight into your face and stays in your head all day, due to, yet again, the lovely guitar melodies, the thumping bass and Smiths vocals shouting, “we’ll never satisfy the hungry ghost”, and what sounds like a drum machine, or some kind of compression FX on the drums, that helps connect the song together.

It is not without its faults though, the abstract guitar of “Sirensong” is a little...well...annoying, let’s say. A strange almost bluesy slide guitar riff plays just behind Smiths vocals, however catchy they may be. The atmosphere in the production almost makes up for it though...almost. “The Real Snow White” is a complete drag, with a chorus, and most of the lyrics, consisting of the lyrics “You’ve got what I want”, but it isn’t sung all that nicely and really distracts from the wonderful drumming and Porls nice guitaring. “Switch” sounds like a guitar jam, and doesn’t really fit with the new Cure sound. It’s not a bad song per-say, it’s just includes a very similar feel to the vastly superior “Freakshow” we heard earlier. “This Here and Now. With You” sounds slightly clunky at points, but it’s a minor fault, and the lovely melodies and Smiths always romantic vocals make up for it.

So, every song on here’s a cheery “Wish” influenced one, I hear you ask? Not in the slightest. The last two songs “The Scream” and “It’s Over” show influences of a more guitar influenced “Disintegration” and maybe even “Pornography”. In “The Scream”, bassist Simon Gallup really shines with a lovely atonal bassline playing under the developing chaos of guitars. The song seems to collapse into itself at one point, then Robert comes in literally screaming the word “scream”, which I found to be a nice touch. Final song “It’s Over” isn’t your classic Cure last track. In other words, it’s not a slow song, but it’s certainly a build up song. The song contains Gallups best bass work of the album, it’s almost as if he can’t reach the notes fast enough, but it gives a wonderful effect. Smith and Thompson jump into a race to the finish with guitars panned left and right respectively and riffing/soloing away. It’s a frantic few moments until the vocals come in, and the drum work is really top notch. Overall, a fantastic, if not opened ended, closer.

As with most Cure albums, it has its upsides and its downsides, but the overall feel of the album is great, even if we were promised a double album earlier this year. The bands usual bleakness is breezed over, instead the songs are used to open and close the album instead of being lovingly placed into the mix.

We’d like the rest of the album sessions songs now, Mr Smith =D

Highlights :-

Freakshow
Underneath the Stars
It’s Over
The Perfect Boy
The Hungry Ghost
The Only One
Sleep When I’m Dead

For the more dedicated fan :-

The Scream
Sirensong
This Here and Now. With You

Switch
The Real Snow White

Thanks for reading



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Hewitt
October 23rd 2008



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hope this is a lot better than their last one, but you make it sound like it is. I didn't even realize it was so close to coming out.

ArmyOfRage
October 23rd 2008



230 Comments


I have to hear this..

Brilliant review by the way. (Y)

rasputin
October 23rd 2008



14538 Comments


Is there an online stream for this? Because you can't post a review of it until it's either out or it's streaming.

NeoOrder
October 23rd 2008



25 Comments


I've got a promo copy but I believe it's streaming on their myspace? :S

It's out on MondayThis Message Edited On 10.23.08

Willie
Moderator
October 23rd 2008



15911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Poppy, happy cure = I don't like it. Oh well.

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

fireaboveicebelow
October 23rd 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

if its poppy as in Wish then I'll like it, if its in the vein of The Top I want nothing to do with it

Hewitt
October 23rd 2008



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a nice surprise. My expectations weren't that high after the self-titled which I didn't care for, but this was good. I think it's more in the vein of Wish than The Top.

AggravatedYeti
October 26th 2008



7684 Comments


This is pretty alright.

Cesar
October 26th 2008



2732 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It was kind of meh

Shrapnel94
October 26th 2008



2213 Comments


Just found out this album today! Good ol' pirate bay is bringing back the load this second ;]

fireaboveicebelow
October 26th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

aghh The Only One pisses me off

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 26th 2008



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought Real Snow White was pretty good. :|

This is probably their best since Disintegration though.

Hewitt
October 26th 2008



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've just been very pleased with this, I was not a fan of the self-titled. In fact it's made me start listening to the Cure again more than I had for a long time.

hellfried
October 26th 2008



3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a small renaissance of sorts. its patchy but some tracks are almost on par with their best poppy stuff.

kygermo
October 27th 2008



994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review friend. Havent heard nor bought this yet, but youve made me really anticipate this even more.

AtavanHalen
October 27th 2008



17927 Comments


I don't get why everyone hated on self-titled.

fireaboveicebelow
October 27th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought it was really good, especially Lost and The Promise

Hewitt
October 27th 2008



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The self-title just felt blah to me. That along with The Top are my least favorite Cure cd's. I actually don't think they are bad just painfully average (painfully because I love the Cure).

NeoOrder
October 27th 2008



25 Comments


The thing with the self titled one was it was recorded pretty much live, and as a result it doesn't have that classic polished off Cure sound. In other words, it sounds like Robert Smith fronting another band.

kygermo
November 12th 2008



994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dug the s/t record. The past 4 records arent nearly as consistent as Wish and the albums before. 4:13 is great, though. Quite a step-up. As a matter of fact, the only Cure I cant bring myself to liking is Wild Mood Swings. I tried so hard man, but it just didnt make it.



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