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The Cure: The Cure
« on: June 30, 2004, 09:22:47 AM »

Iím pretty sure that record reviews arenít supposed to have prologues, but this one is going to anyhow.  Call it a disclaimer, if you like.  Saying that their current self-titled release is the best record that The Cure has released since 1992 isnít really saying much.  The 1996 release Wild Mood Swings, is arguably their worst release ever (only possibly surpassed by 1984ís The Top, with itís drug induced wails and screeches).  Bloodflowers (2000) was rallied as a return to the sound of Pornography (1982) and Disintegration (1989) but was instead a bloated carcass of a record, stretching nine songs out for nearly an hour while Robert Smith whines about having nothing to write about.  

That said, this is The Cureís strongest record since 1992Ö..by far.  The 90ís were a hard decade for The Cure.  After starting out fairly strong, the band barely managed to release anything more noteworthy than a couple of pretty good singles for the next 12 years.  While they havenít exactly returned to form (and that may be an unfair expectation), thereís a marked improvement.

The Cure, for itís not so clever title, is actually a very good record, with the trademarks of the best Cure albums intact.  Like their best albums, this one seems to have a little bit of everything.  We get a few good single worthy songs (Before Three, The End of the World, Taking Off), and a whole lot of angst and pain.  Itís hard to feel that Smith is doing more than play-acting when he turns up the despair these days.  Not only is he one of the richest men in the UK, heís also a happily married family man.  Still, itís difficult not to be swept up in the lush melodies of Lost and (I Donít Know Whatís Going) On.  

The real shortcoming of the record is the lyrics.  Smith was never the best lyricist, and he seems to be recycling himself more than a bit this time around.  Some lines seem to be directly lifted from past songs (Us or Them contains the line ďGet your fucking world out of my headĒ.  Hey You (from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me) contains the line ďGet your fucking fingers out of my faceĒ.  Not quite the same, but close).  Only one song, The Promise, completely misses the mark, sounding like an outtake from the Bloodflowers sessions.  1 out of 11 sure isnít bad.  I canít think of a Cure record yet that hasnít had one clunker on it.  Even Wish has Wendy Time, a truly horrible song, on an otherwise fantastic album.

If youíre a fan of The Cure, youíll buy this album regardless of any reviews.  If youíre not a fan, you probably wonít find any reasons to rethink your position of the band on this record.  Smith has been crying wolf for fifteen years now, always threatening that each release will be the bandís last.  If he does actually choose to go through with it this time, this seems a far more fitting end than the last couple of records.  While not the band at their absolute best, itís The Cure.  More consistent than in the past, and a band that maybe isnít as past their prime as we thought they were.
earching for something forever gone.....something we will always want---robert smith
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