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Just Like Heaven - A Tribute to the Cure

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Since the late ‘70s, the Cure defined and re-defined alternative pop for an entire generation of Goth-inspired fans and musicians. This 16-track collection features an eclectic array of artists who make a strong case for the songwriting genius that rests at the heart of the Cure's majesty. Cure songwriter Robert Smith always draped his musings in dramatic soundscapes that often obscured the simple magnetic pull of his melodies. This album exposes Smith as one of the top pop tunesmiths of the past thirty years. The hooks are everywhere: in the guitar lines, the keyboard riffs, and the simple elegant choruses. Hearing Kitty Karlyle brashly bash out "In Between Days" or Dean and Britta gently smooth over the bittersweet mood of "Friday I'm In Love," or the Submarines slow down and peel off the melody of "Boys Don't Cry" prove the indelible pop resiliency. Each interpretation brings something new to the project without losing the initial creative impulse.

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Wonderful Tribute

This is a fun tribute. I have to disagree with many of the posts below. It's obvious (a) they didn't buy the album, and (b) aren't truly indie music fans or would know 80% of the bands on this excellent tribute. There's some exceptional covers on this one. Elk City doing "Close To Me" is hauntng. Elizabeth Harpers "Pictures of You" is absolutely beautiful. Tanya Donelly doing Lovecats? Does it get any cooler than that? Wonderfully fun. I could go on and on. Trust me, buy this album - you'll be happy you did.


When surveying The Cure's legendary canon it's hard not to think of the words of renowned excavator Howard Carter when he discovered King Tuts' tomb: "Everywhere the glint of gold." That being said, it's no wonder that for the bands on Just Like Heaven: A Tribute To The Cure there was more than enough bullion to go around. There's Joy Zipper's luxurious, layered take on "Just Like Heaven"; New Zealand's The Brunettes turn "Lovesong" into a spacey '60s jam and Kitty Karlyle's cover of "In Between Days" perfectly reveals the rock solid center of what this critic believes may very well be one of the best songs of the '80s. Produced by American Laundromat's Joe Spadaro and Gwen Hysler, Just Like Heaven has a number of big-named surprises: Billed as Grand Duchy, Black Francis and Violet Clark check in with a foreboding version of "A Strange Day" and Tanya Donnelly's teaming up with Dylan In The Movies results in a gorgeous morphing of "The Lovecats" into new wave cabaret. Elsewhere, Dean & Britta transform the giddy "Friday I'm In Love" into a doleful lounge beauty; the Devics' reading of the laconic masterpiece "Catch" is spot on; and the album's finest moment, The Wedding Present's furious reworking of "High" is twitchy, raw and perfect. - Alex Green "Caught In The Carousel"

I love the variety.

I've been a HUGE fan of The Cure, since the 80's. My band, Empty Socket, even does an acoustic "Just Like Heaven". Anyway, I like the diversity of the covers here. A little bit of everything, and all from bands/artists I've never heard before. Good way to expose yourself to the world, doing songs people like, in a different way. I especially like "Let's Go To Bed". In any case, on first listen, I'm impressed overall. Pretty sure I'll get the whole CD.

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