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Boys Don't Cry
Boys Don't Cry
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Price: £24.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cure's earliest work still up there with the rest., 13 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Boys Don't Cry (Audio CD)
How times change. If anyone had told me that Robert Smith and co. were to go from their inauspicious post-punk days to become one of the most well-known UK pop bands there'd ever been, I probably would have accused them of lying. If you're a fan of their later works, or even their not-so-later works, this album will certainly surprise you, but you will probably find it to be a pleasant one.
Displaying a heavy punk influence, especially from The Clash, it seems, Boys Don't Cry is extremely impressive in its own right. The sense of melody in Fire in Cairo, my personal favourite, shines through and displays perhaps the first inkling of Robert Smith's wonderfully abstract lyrics that would first start to show up in a couple of years on their 1981 release, Faith.
But overall, I find this album difficult to fault, other than that Robert's voice seems extremely raw in comparison to their more polished releases, but some may find this a plus point, rather than a minus one. I would recommend this to someone who has already bought a couple of Cure albums and wants to find out how diverse their style has turned out to be.

Tremulant Cdep
Tremulant Cdep

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first offering from half of ATDI + 3, 6 July 2002
This review is from: Tremulant Cdep (Audio CD)
So, Sparta vs. Mars Volta. The subject of much debate amongst my friends for some time. Personally, I find Sparta to sound a little like At The Drive-In lite, with uninspired lyrics and a vocalist that tries a little too hard to sound like Cedric. Despite having 2 members of At The Drive-In, Mars Volta sound nothing at all like them, apart from the fact that Cedric Bixler's vocals and utterly insane lyrics will sound familiar to anyone who was a fan of ATDI. The Mars Volta sound, in fact, quite different to anything I've heard before. They even include elements of psychedelia, with haunting keyboards accompanying the wailing guitars very nicely, and Cedric's voice is modified in various ways with the outcome of making him sound more tortured than in ATDI.
Tremulant kicks off with Concertina, a track that starts off deceptively loudly with a burst of guitar, fading into a high-pitched ATDI-style riff, just slower. The melody in this track is truly excellent, and is mainly a showcase for Cedric's voice, which sounds better than ever, lapsing into Spanish for a bit, halfway through the song. Second up is Cut That City, a much more upbeat track, and exhibits yet more shimmering vocals. With a punchy bassline. Outside the chorus, guitars don't seem to be showcased that much, instead relying a little too much on effects pedals, while the chorus itself leaves a little to be desired. Eunuch Provocateur is the third and final offering, and what an offering it is. With drums that are so fast they could well be helped by a drum machine (I'm not entirely sure), a spidery bassline and distant, screeching guitars, this is perhaps the best song on the EP, aswell as the only one that seems to not revolve around Cedric's vocals.
Overall, it's a brilliant first offering from Mars Volta. The fact Roulette Dares wasn't included was a bit of a surprise and a bit of a shame, really. However, this EP would be worth buying merely on the strength of Eunuch Provocateur, but add the brilliant Concertina, and you have something you should seriously consider purchasing.

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