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The Cure Audio CD
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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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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  • Audio CD (28 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B0002C9G7O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Us Or Them (Album Version) 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. alt.end (Album Version) 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. (I Don't Know What's Going) On (Album Version) 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Taking Off (Album Version) 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Never (Album Version) 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Promise (Album Version)10:14Album Only
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At this stage in their career, the Cure really have no right sounding as good as they do on this, their self-titled 14th album. But from the opening, off-kilter chords of "Lost", where singer Robert Smith cries "I can't find myself" with all the miserablism that's become their trademark, the Cure sound most definitely on-form. "Before Three" bursts forth with an exuberant yelp, but then becomes tainted with melancholy (why is it that Smith was only happy in the past tense?), while "Us or Them" has a driving, dirty bassline that's become their other trademark.

True, The Cure doesn't have any immediately accessible pop moments, but they were always a great album band who only periodically stumbled across a radio-friendly tune--after all, even their classic Disintegration only boasted one obvious pop tune in "Lovesong". And while it's true that The Cure isn't as good as Disintegration (few albums are), it's still the best album they've recorded since then. Producer Ross Robinson, best known as the man behind the dials for metal acts such as Slipknot, seems to have inspired Smith and the boys to do that which they do best, i.e., sound like the Cure. It's good to have them back. --Robert Burrow

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward with some help from the past 30 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Introducing new material to fans and critics alike poses inevitable problems for the Cure, over a quarter of a century into their vast career. Comparisons between new songs and the recurring nostalgic benchmarks of greatness embodied in established and accepted classics will inevitably be made (and I'll be making them again here). And through a combination of media hype and the band's recent re-entry into the arena of credibility (after namechecks from, amongst others, Interpol and the Rapture) the rumour is that 'The Cure' represents the group's best work since the heady days of 'Disintegration'. So this album's got a lot to live up to. And you might be left wanting if you're expecting the material that makes up 'The Cure' to reach the majestic heights of, say, the breathtaking 'Faith', 'Catch' or 'Plainsong' (to name but three). It doesn't. However I think this process of comparison is a tad unfair and unproductive because 'The Cure' is undoubtedly the freshest and most pleasing material from the band in over ten years.
Whatever the nostalgics and harsher critics may tell you, there is plenty of evidence here to illustrate just what a good offering 'The Cure' actually is. The album initiates a re-captured confidence from the start through the slowly aggressive opener 'Lost' and the eastern groove of the distorted 'Labyrinth' which follows. Similarly, the gorgeous and dreamlike 'Truth Goodness and Beauty', and the unravelling menace of 'The Promise', wouldn't be out of place on 'Wish', the Cure's last truly decent LP.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome New Direction 10 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
I want to give this four and a half but i cant so ill just give it five.
There are lots of arguments out there as to why this isnt a good album, but one that seems to stand out for me is that "it doesnt sound like the cure", thats reasonable but honestly if they had done another album that sounds just like the cure 15 or twenty years ago i would have hated it. The purpose of Bloodflowers and Join the Dots was to tie up all the loose ends and leave the door open for new things and Robert certainly delivers. The passion on this album is unlike any cure album before, each of them have passion in their own way but not like this. Roberts voice is the best its been in years and the band sounds great. The first five tracks are wonderful and my only complaint about Us or Them is that robert has obviously stolen a riff from himself but this incarnation of Watching Me Fall sounds much more refreshing. After Us or Them is a section of your typical qwirky Cure pop. I Don't Know Whats Going On is an excellent if a bit repitative number. Taking Off is reminicent of Just Like Heaven and features a nice piano part like Cut Here. Never is an intersting song, one could have mixed thoughts on it, this is the only track on the ablum that sounds like The cure playing like bands who want to be the cure if you understand what i'm saying. The album finishes off with The Promise, this is probably the best track on the album along with Lost the anthematic opener. Rober himself has said he wrote this after performing The Kiss at the Trilogy shows and it shows, like The Kiss this track is very intense and features some of Roberts best guitar playing.
I would reccomend the vinyl or an import version of the cd because the tracks Going Nowhere, Truth Goodnes and Beauty, Fake, and This Morning truly make this album a classic. Luckily the Cure have been playing Going Nowhere in the European pre curiosa tour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An album excellent in patches 1 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Music critics that state this is the best Cure album in years, are sadly mistaken, as it is clearly inferior to Bloodflowers. Those who make swipes at that album, do not truly understand Robert Smith or the Cure. Hardcore fans understand just how important the Bloodflowers album is. This new album is far less important, though perhaps more immediate. It may have greater vitality, greater energy and sharpness, but it lacks the soul and melancholy of Bloodflowers, which were also the two key elements of the insurpassable Distintegration. It's important to underline the harshness and violence present on the new album, the harshest and most violent since Pornography. There is sadly very little room for beauty and melancholy on this album, which is its main failing. It does have certain other virtues though. The first three tracks - Lost, Labyrinth and Before Three - are a pretty stunning opening to the album, and establish the visceral nature of the content. These three gems are followed by two decent efforts, Truth Goodness And Beauty and The End Of The World, then a melancholic song, Anniversary, which could have been much better, if Robert had come up with a memorable melody, instead of a mediocre one. This is followed by an angry assault of a song, Us or Them, which isn't completely convincing in its rage, and is too reminiscent of The Kiss and Shiver and Shake. The album then kind of loses it focus with some attempts at hard-edged pop songs, which aren't bad, but lack the intensity of the opening salvo. It only regains its focus with the long and powerful The Promise, which is certainly one of the main highlights of the album. The closer, Going Nowhere, features Robert's familiar weariness, but it doesn't have the beauty of his best efforts. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 24 days ago by K T Carpenter
1.0 out of 5 stars not the best- bit of a noise really
Well how often do you need to try and listen to an album before you reject it. I have just reached that point with this album. Read more
Published 13 months ago by robf
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best sounding Cure album of them all
Somewhat late in the day, but prompted by successfully getting tickets for the forthcoming London Reflections concert in November, I wanted to just put down, for the record, that... Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Suede Panda
5.0 out of 5 stars How funny
Just when you write a band off and for those who like me felt Bloodflowers was a near miss a friend gives you a copy of this and you realise this is what you were waiting for! Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2009 by P. Wills
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful and Embarrassing
From the word go we hear Robert stumble over a rubbish bin repeating "I can't find myself" like a drunk looking for somewhere to either puke or die. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2008 by Vitamino
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay - i am big enough to change my mind on this one - It isn't that...
I had wrote after a few weeks of release:

I have been a fan of the cure since the early 1980's and have everything they have done. Read more
Published on 15 May 2008 by Poly
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, one of their very best albums
I'm astounded by the negative reviews, this is a quite brilliant album. Talk of 'heavy guitars' and a 'nu-metal production' is absolute rubbish, this sounds just like a regular... Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2007 by Adamski
3.0 out of 5 stars "Lost Wishes"
Im only 19 and have been a Cure fan for about 3 years and oddly enough this was the first Cure album i heard all the way through, thank god it didint put me off the band! Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2007 by Mr. N. Walker-smart
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
I'm 29 years old and have been fanatical about the Cure since I was 15. I own all of their albums and seen them live many times. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2006 by Lord Kinky Gallupstien
3.0 out of 5 stars not terrible and not great either
I used to be a bit obsessed with the cure and own most of their albums. Each one impressed me until Wild Mood Swings came along and left me feeling empty. Read more
Published on 2 May 2006 by Rev Q Sand
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