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The Cure Greatest Hits
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2007
While some of The Cure faithful may feel aggrieved by the absence - 'A Forest' notwithstanding - of tracks from their gloomiest period (Faith, Seventeen Seconds, Pornography), the more casual listener will find much to enjoy here. Having had a big Cure phase in my teens, I might quibble that the Boys Don't Cry/Three Imaginary Boys era is under-represented. 'Jumping Someone Else's Train' and 'Killing An Arab', for instance, would have been preferable to some of the relatively non-descript material post-'Friday I'm In Love'. It seems odd also given how fashionable angular post-punk has been in the 00s to skimp on this early period, but ultimately you can't fault this as an introduction to the band.

What is great about this colllection is that The Cure had a habit of reinventing themselves and releasing their most resonant and accessible material as singles. This is not to say that they were a singles band - far from it, your next purchase ought to be 'Disintegration' if you don't own it already - but that this captures the band at their most varied, eccentric best. Whereas some Best-Ofs can seem fairly by-the-numbers, soulless experiences, 'Greatest Hits' is a joy for its vivid eclecticism.

Despite their reputation (not always unfounded) for bleak introspection, 'Greatest Hits' reveals Robert Smith to be one of the best pop songwriters of his generation. 'In Between Days', 'Close To Me', 'Just Like Heaven' are pop perfection, while 'A Forest' and 'Lullaby' harnesses the band's predilection for acid-spiked paranoia in a universably accessible form. Meanwhile the deranged, off-kilter pop of 'The Lovecats' and 'The Caterpillar' straddles the unlikely territory somewhere between these two poles: too saccharine to be goth, too bonkers by most pop tastes. Then you have the raw energy of 'Boy's Don't Cry' and the comparatively lush and expansive pop sensibility of 'Lovesong' and 'Pictures of You'. Thankfully, the collection is also chronological, so you get (almost) the whole Cure story - and a fantastic journey it is.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2004
Every rock fan will be able to pick this album up and find at least a couple of songs that appeal to them. Ever a versatile band, Robert Smith's voice and the underlying bass guitar riffs are the only real constants throughout this greatest hits package. 'Never Enough' is pure guitar stomp, 'Lovecats' the grooviest of white jazz, and 'Love Song' the most poignant example of Smith's lyric-writing.
What more can I say that hasn't already been said in previous reviews? Even for established Cure fans, this is a very handy condensed package which I would genuinely recommend to anyone around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent best of compilation from The Cure. Covering the greater part of their career, and showing just what they were capable of from the breezy catchiness of Lovecats through the full gamut of experimentalism and pop through to the moody A Forest. A great place for beginners (such as myself) to start with their music, though it has left me wanting more fo their actual album releases. To be honest, at this price it's worth getting just for the classic that is Lovecats.

Mastering and production are good, with a decent sound and good liner notes. An excellent release, 5 stars.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2013
It's funny how musical tastes change over the years. When I was at school, The Cure seemed to be a little left-of-field, and their fans had a demeanour that wasn't me. Looking back, I was into other things at the time which excluded me from fitting in with them. But not necessarily fitting in is what The Cure were about I have subsequently learnt.

"Boys Don't Cry, A Forest, The Lovecats, The Caterpillar, Inbetween Days, Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Lullaby, Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm In Love", are exceptionally beautiful songs, and some still evoke the thoughts and feelings that I had as a teenager.

Belatedly, some 30 odd years later, I feel that I am only now entering the 'left-
of-field' world that I mentioned earlier - just wish I had been part of it in the 80's. Where did all that time go? Anyway, enough of reminiscing about the long and distant past...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent best of compilation from The Cure. Covering the greater part of their career, and showing just what they were capable of from the breezy catchiness of Lovecats through the full gamut of experimentalism and pop through to the moody A Forest. A great place for beginners (such as myself) to start with their music, though it has left me wanting more fo their actual album releases. To be honest, at this price it's worth getting just for the classic that is Lovecats.

Mastering and production are good, with a decent sound and good liner notes. An excellent release, 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2010
Look, you cannot say this is what The Cure is all about 100%, merely the commercial side of the group that spans multiple genres. This album is exactly what any radio friendly fan should want and a great collection of the most popular singles. They are the greatest band of all time and this portrays the singles and pop tunes which everybody knows. This is the stepping stone for any budding cure fan!
Excellent tunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2012
An excellent collection of tracks from the band's career - hearing them together on one album, you're reminded of just what a talented and underrated crew they are. It's all too easy for your main opinion of the The Cure to be shaped by their frankly bonkers videos - and you forget what a great songsmith and vocalist Robert Smith is. The album brings you the twisted pop brilliance of Boys Don't Cry, Lovecats, Close to Me and Just Like Heaven, contrasting with the gothic gloom of A Forest, Lovesong and Lullaby; and Why Can't I Be You is an unsung barnstorming gem in my view. With the exception of Friday I'm in Love, the last 8 tracks are pretty unremarkable (hence 4 not 5 stars), but it's what has gone before that really counts - and the sum total is a truly memorable set. If you're not yet a Cure fan, this cd is the place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This classic 2001 compilation showcases The Cure's most successful and radio friendly hits. It is an excellent introduction to the band.

You will probably recognise many of the tracks already, and with 19 to listen to, you are almost guaranteed to like some of them (and how could you not?). Robert Smith (the band's lead singer, guitar player and principle songwriter) chose all of them himself.

The compilation spans twenty-five years of electric rock music, and showcases what a versatile band The Cure are. The CD has all of the essentials to please new fans, including the incredibly catchy 'Love Cats', the always guaranteed to lift your mood 'Friday I'm In Love' and 'Close To Me'. If you are don't already own an album by the band, this is a great place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent best of compilation from The Cure. Covering the greater part of their career, and showing just what they were capable of from the breezy catchiness of Lovecats through the full gamut of experimentalism and pop through to the moody A Forest. A great place for beginners (such as myself) to start with their music, though it has left me wanting more fo their actual album releases. To be honest, at this price it's worth getting just for the classic that is Lovecats.

Mastering and production are good, with a decent sound and good liner notes. An excellent release, 5 stars.
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on 15 June 2013
My mum hates the cure so its even more amusing that I can play it over and over :)

I loved Friday, I mean I really really love it so much! I was just stoked to have that alone! Then when I had had it on a loop for about 50 plays I remembered there were other songs on the album!

Never enough and why cant I be you are both growing on me.

Close to me is amazing. I just adore the song I love the techno introduction I love the vocals, however it sounds kind of sad when I pay attention to the lyrics too often.

Boys don't cry. is a pretty awesome track, its a slower song but it has a rocking beat to back it up.

The love cats is awesome too. its a very upbeat fun song. The video is wicked too....then that's as I like cats too much :)

Lullaby is wicked its pretty different to some other songs on the album. its very haunting and slow.

If you like any one of the cure songs then i'd buy this im not an out and out fan but having this albums let me listen to more of their music in my own time and i'm starting to like them more. OH I forgot I like high too!
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