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Such a shame,
This review is from: The Cure (Audio CD)
OK, so with the Cure, you don't expect their latest album to be their best. After all, it would be hard to top the masterpiece that was Disintegration, or to come near to the doom laden minimalism of Seventeen Seconds or Faith. However, you do expect greatness. Despite what other reviewers have said, I personally rated Bloodflowers quite highly. That album came as a great relief after the disappointment of Wild Mood Swings, and to me seemed to imply that Bob and the boys were back on track. So I was expecting a lot from this album. Not greatness, as previously stated, but a lot ...
... and certainly a lot more than this. Sure, there are some ok tracks. The first couple (Lost and Labyrinth) contain plenty of promise, and if the rest of the album built on this opening, I'm sure I'd have been delighted. The problem is that it doesn't. The album meanders around, never quite reaching the heights that the Cure are more than capable of. 'Going Nowhere' is a nice track, but no more than that. 'The Promise' is long; certainly not the epic I'd have liked. Aside from that, there is nothing else that really stands out. The guitar work is good, Robert's voice is always perfect, the composition is fine: I don't know why, but the album just fails to really deliver.
Such a shame - I know I am not the only one who was really looking forward to an amazing album. I know they can do better than this.