Wow, after a severely hit-and-miss last album and the departure of two members, no-one could expect The Cure to return and sound about 20 years younger.
Thankfully Robert has decided to co-mix this with someone other than Ross Robinson, and the result is the guitars sounding cleaner and Robert's voice being mixed into the instruments a lot more, rather than the scream bellowing over everything on the songs from the self titled release.
'The Only One' is a 4-minute-pop-epic in the vein of 'Friday I'm In Love' 'Just Like Heaven' etc. Some nice jangly guitar by Porl and as always an infectious bassline from Simon is complemented with Robert's playfully sexual lyrics.
One of the nicer features of the single is the introduction of a few keyboard parts here and there, which should please the ardent fan who missed them in the live show following Roger O'Donnell's departure. A few little piano phrases really add to the lively feel of this song, and remind the listener of 'Doing The Unstuck' from the 'Wish' album with it's million layers of guitar and keyboard.. As usual there are the chimes ala 'High' or 'Pictures of You' which give a nice warm vibe to this song.
If this is a sign of things to come, then on the 13th of each month we will be in for a big surprise. Next single is 'Freakshow' on June 13th, with the next two singles still unannounced. Hopefully 'A Boy I Never Knew' might be one of them, a really beautiful slow acoustic song showing the other side of the band, but 'The Perfect Boy' and 'Sleep When I'm Dead' recently played live suggest the pop-nature the band seems to have returned to. We will have to wait and see, eager as ever.