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CURE THE-THE CURE

The Cure Audio CD

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Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often ... Read more in Amazon's The Cure Store

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Songs...BAD Production 7 July 2004
By JLS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Okay...it seems that the biggest complaint people have with this album is that there is no huge, lush orchestrations that were prevalent on albums such as "Disintegration." Well, that isn't really true. There ARE lush orchestrations...you just can't hear them that well. The songs really are good songs. They really are melodic. They really are emotional. They really are classic Cure songs. Unfortunately, the production is so bad that usually all that you can hear is distorted guitar, droning bass, and Robert Smith's vocals. One of the clearest examples of great song-writing marred by horrible production is on "Anniversary." If you listen with headphones...with the volume very loud...you CAN hear some synth leads, fluttery smooth melodies, and even a piano, but unless you strain your ears to the point of bleeding, you probably won't notice any of that. That is the case with every song. Lots of good great melodies, synths, and complex orchestrations all with the volume turned down so the distortion can come to the forefront.
Basically, most of the good reviews are correct, and most of the bad reviews are correct. The good reviews talk about the songwriting being on par with past Cure albums. This is very true. There is lush orchestrations, great synth parts, great guitar parts...this is a good Cure album. Yet on the other hand, the bad reviews are correct too. The prodution is muddy (so muddy that you won't be able to hear 90% or the parts), there is no orchestration (even though there is orchestrations...good luck hearing them), and there are no beautiful synth parts (again...there...just with the volume turned way down).
In conclusion, if you want a Cure album with really good songs that you can't really hear or enjoy..get this album. If you want these songs in a listenable form though...you should probably wait for a cheap bootleg recorded on a 5 dollar Wal-Mart tape deck to seep its way into the marketplace. The production value will probably be much much higher.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tired and uninspired 24 Aug 2004
By someguy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was looking forward to the new release from the Cure with great expectations. I didn't even let my so-so response to their first single sway my anticipation. However, once I started listening to the album, over and over again trying to give it a chance, it never took off the ground. The first thing that stood out to me was the way over-repetative lyrics. Sometimes that can be effective, but not if it's done constantly. Second, as everyone already knows, the man who brought us Slipknot and KoRn was the one who totally screwed up the production on this one. I have to agree with everyone else who has asked Robert what the freak he was thinking to sign with Ross. The whole record is WAAAYYY overproduced and leaves no room for dynamics or atmosphere, let alone the signature Robert Smith guitar sound. Even Bloodflowers sounds much more dynamic than this album.

Lastly, one of the previous reviewers eluded to the fact that while the record might not hold up, the live show may prove us all wrong (he used Wish as an example). Well, I saw them on their most recent tour, and while overall it was one of the most incredible shows I've ever seen, the new material was absolutely flat (with the exeption of The Promise). It was amazing how the new material compared with their previous, more inspired work. There are no songs on the new record that even come close to matching songs like "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea", "Disintigration", "A Forest" or "100 years" live.

Simply put, this album is average, something The Cure is not known for. If you're a Cure completist, go ahead and get it, but don't expect any of the songs to give you the chills, or much of an emotional response at all. I wonder why Robert said that anyone who doesn't like this album doesn't like The Cure...I think the reason I don't like this album is BECAUSE I like The Cure...
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! 11 Oct 2005
By x_bruce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Blowing past individual song styles and titles I'm going to concentrate on a simple concept; that being, living up to your capabilities.

In the reviews I read a couple people felt "they could do better" and that the "album lacks cohesion" and I agree to both statements although I like the outcome vastly more than these other reviewers.

Here's why; the album is fun to listen to and although the word cohesive means a lot of things to different people, let's use it as this - cohesion means having a core theme or elements to the music. And while I think both can be good, I don't particularly care that the album "The Cure" is all over the place. In fact, that's part of the reason I like the CD, because it is all over the place, and if anything, is a step towards "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me" as opposed to "Disintegration", which was so thematically cohesive and made a statement as to what music essentially would be for a large segment of the rock scene to this day.

But "Disintegration", much as I like it, also brought about the 77 minute album that starts to be same sounding at 30 minutes. Honestly, but for format, I think the album could have been trimmed and still been absolutely fine.

Which was why I brought up Kiss Me. It gets a lot of "lacking coherence" comments and yet, it was the album that got me interested in the Cure again, so for me, bring on the new stuff.

I mentioned both as they were back to back releases and, I think, typical of how Robert Smith and Co operate. The last release I could tolerate was Bloodflowers, and only because I liked the ideas the Cure tried for. If anything was learnt, it was you can't rewrite a masterpiece, though the video of the album trio Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers shows there is more than a little planning and thematic disposition between the three albums, all written about a decade apart.

I heard "The Cure" and my first thought was, must be a film song, then I heard more, and I heard something I haven't heard for a long, long time; chances being taken and risks being made.

For me this instantly put "The Cure" as one of their better efforts. Instead of trying to meld their music together with whatever goes for popular music, see "Wild Mood Swings" they've created an album that sounds at times bold, at times traditionally weary and unconventionally weary. There is a lot of a stiff middle finger to critics and a "this is what we like" feel to the album that I find it infectious even though, to my embarrassment, I throw the tracks on a mp3 player and listen to it along with modern bands, some that sound a little too much like this new album than I find comfortable.

One might ask, what came first, the Cure or the hordes of bands that borrow heavily from their book of music? I'm not sure I care, but I'll say this; as a Cure fan, I'm so happy to hear them play with some kind of intensity, real intensity, not the faux, pouted lip, sneering that goes for intensity in most bands today. In a sense, music is now officially for a good number of people, a visual medium.

So to hear the Cure having some intensity and trying new ideas, and succeeding, is a true pleasure. Where before, they sounded like tourists in other musical landscapes, the Cure sound at home, even if occasionally the music is a bit like the real band doing a tribute gig, they seem to be enjoying themselves which comes through loud and clear on "The Cure" and is why I strongly recommend it.

Past fans, have a listen, you may find yourself remembering what it was that made you like the Cure, and rabid fans, give this album a chance.

So many Cure fans seem set on how the band should be and how they should make music. Sorry, but that's all you can do, suggest, and perhaps the band listened to fans a bit too much. I know the album was not greated in a mannor it deserves.

Lots of people will be rewriting their thoughts about this album. I'm saying right now, this is one of the better albums the Cure has done in a long time and fits well as the successor album to Disintegration in terms of musical progression and coming to terms with who the Cure are.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Disintegration? What has come close since... 8 Aug 2004
By Shawn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First, let me acknowledge that I am a diehard fan of the Cure. By die-hard, I mean that I am well-aware that most of their pivotal work was achieved before Disintegration. The boys have been at this for a long time, and some seem to be complaining that they have (once again) recycled old material with this album.
What else is new? The fact is, Robert Smith et al give their true fans exactly what they want from them: eclectic, thoughtful, challenging music. So if you listened to this far a few rotations and just can't buy into it, I can only advise you to keep trying. Do not abandon this album like you might have (rightfully) done with Wild Mood Swings. Many fans thought Disintegration was over-whelmingly oppressive when first released. Only after repeated listenings did the quality of the recording truly take hold. Now Disintegration is held up as a benchmark for all future Cure albums (read pretty much any informed review below). Will this eponymous album stand as a future benchmark? No, but it is still very good. Us or Them is a political rant, but since when has that not made for good music? The Promise is relentless and truly does hearken back to the despair-drenched good old days. Before Three and Alt.End are excellent tracks to add to the Cure canon. Really, the only weak track is the somewhat tedious (I Don't Know What's Going) On.
The true test of this album, as with all Cure albums in particular, is how it will stand up under the pressure of live performance. People dismissed the Wish album, but it provided for the strongest live show I have ever seen from the Cure. The band is out touring (not near me this time...sigh) right now. Has anyone actually seen the new material live? Include this in your reviews; some might argue that an album must stand on its own without the benefit of being saved by a good live show, but since when has that even been the case with the Cure?
Personally, I hope that Smith continues to explore his darker side for years to come. Many of us may have gotten past our angst-ridden teenage years, but adulthood can make you moody as well.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lousy 26 July 2004
By jed clampett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As one of the other reviewers pointed out, Lawrence from Dallas I think, there were alot of reviews for this album within a week of it coming out and now there are only a few on the page. This seems to have happened when AMAZON started using the reviewers real names so possibly there was some glitch or someone hit delete on the whole batch. Speaking of Lawrence's review by the way, it's unusual in that most of the previous reviewers either loved or hated the album while Lawerence seems to have problems with it but ends up giving it his stamp of approval. Myself I found the album insufferable and the only reason I even gave it 2 stars is that I'm such a long time fan I'm hoping that at some point in the future I'll start to like it. I've loved the Cure since I first heard 17 Seconds around 1980 and heard that they were showing up in London clubs and ripping up the place. I really looked forward to this album when I heard it was coming out but it just seems to lack energy. That's not to say I think it should be upbeat because alot of the Cure's greatest stuff is very slow and melancholy but still has, as I put it, a great energy to it. I know Robert Smith said something like if you don't like this album you're not a real Cure fan. I just wonder if they'll sell out venues after this latest effort. Oh well, there's still Kiss Me..., Disintergration and Wish!
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