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After three decades, The Cure’s Robert Smith knows how to make a Cure album. He knows, for instance, it should begin with slow, dark guitar chords that grind into an echo canyon for at least six minutes (“Underneath the Stars”). There should be moments where he moans in existential futility with a heart wrecked by unfulfilled passion (“The Real Snow White”, “The Scream”). He should write a few quick pop songs for good measure (“The Only One”, “The Perfect Boy”). And all of this should be brought together as if Smith has an overall concept or vision that ties everything into one piece. That concept, however, isn’t a literal one. It’s a sonic one. And Smith infuses 4:13 Dream with a massive sense of grandeur that only he can gracefully pull off without seeming like a megalomaniac. He unites the quick jab of “Freakshow” and the nearly countrified “Siren Song” with the ambient forest ruling “It’s Over”, uniting the different approaches with his eager and yearning vocals that are more playful than ever, reaching a near yodel in the sillier moments. It’s this flexibility that’s enabled him to keep the Cure from going stale after all these years.

Customer Reviews

The Cure Make A Brilliant Return

Certainly one of their best so far! Amazing album, Hidden meanings, perfect tunes it is the perfect album.


The first time you listen it's OK, but listen a few more times and it's amazing! Best tracks: all

The Cure.... back on stonking form

You just gotta give this album an airing, even if you have never heard any of their work before (where have you been for the last 25 years?) this album will give one a rounded visit to the master wordsmith that is Robert Smith. The sound and structure of this outing stay true to the "old skool" jangly sound picture that make this band not only one of the most durable but also one of the most endearing. Buy it, learn it, love it, PLAY IT LOUD. Top class.


Formed: 1976 in Crawley, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became well-known for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often hid the diversity of the Cure's music. At the outset, the Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before slowly evolving into a more textured outfit. As one of the...
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