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All Is Not Lost,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Cure (Audio CD)
The first 5 songs are really brilliant, Bob's vocals are really high in the mix and he sounds fantastic. "Lost" and "Before Three" especially. A great start!
"Us or Them" is next and it really grates on the first few listens, Bob has never sounded so... angry. It almost feels like he's faking it, but it has really grown on me. I'm glad about that, as there has never been a Cure song that I thought I hated and I've been a fan for 20 years.
A few of pop songs follow to lighten the mood and are typical Cure fare. "Never" is very un-Cure - like the band are covering Pearl Jam or something. It's okay... a grower?
"The Promise" is a dirge that they have written many times before and it's thrillingly addictive and much more powerful for being played live in the studio. "You promised me another wish" he sings. The album definitely has a sonic connection to the "Wish" album as well as lyrically, with Bob's regular contradictory stance on his personal and musical endeavours and his muse.
The coda of "Going Nowhere" is lovely if all too fleeting; echoes of "Untitled" and "Homesick" in a valediction filled with ennui but again stating the opposite, "I'm going nowhere."
After the muted critical and public responses to "Wild Mood Swings" and "Bloodflowers", this self-titled effort is a veritable phoenix from the flames.