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Editors’ Notes

Oddly enough for an album that bears the weight of being the first self-titled album from a band 25 years into their career, The Cure is not one of Robert Smith’s conceptual juggernauts. While the sound is still sweeping and grand – guitars and keyboards either come drenched in reverb and cathedral echo or with a hefty use of electronic manipulation – the songs do not entail the same epic doom of the band’s most cherished work. That isn’t to say Smith is either lighthearted or that the band lacks commitment. “Before Three,” “Us or Them“ and “Labyrinth“ spotlight the group’s trademark twisting melodies and emotionally inflated gnashing and belong in the band’s Hall of Pain as much as anything from other high-water marks as Pornography, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Disintegration and Bloodflowers. But coming from a guy who threatened to put an end to the group, well, there’s an unusually joyous bounce in his voice for a tune called “The End of the World.” It’s great fun, though it could make the faithful a little suspicious.

Customer Reviews

Latest and Greatest?

Just fab, when you thought they had completely lost their way. Keep the faith! As a long time Cure fan, this is one you can promote to your friends without fear of mockery

Great fresh-sounding album.

Far and away the best Cure album since the 80's. In fact it's the only Cure album I listen to. A lovely, immediate, organic sound that will hopefully influence their 2008 album. You will also need the tracks "Fake" and "Your God Is Fear" which appear on the End Of The World and Taking Off singles.

Awesome

An awesome album. Something that is really good to listen to. Enjoy thhe Sound. live the Dream

Biography

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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