Sleep When I'm Dead (Mix 13) Single
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Sleep When I'm Dead is the third different sound we've heard from the band as part of this singles blitzkrieg. The Only One was a lovely little slice of pop, Freakshow a quick burst of blistering funk, and the latest reaches a gothic sound that the band hasn't achieved since the early 90's. Not only is the single itself excellent, but this disc is also sporting the best of the three b-sides to be released so far. Down Under is a gorgeous ditty with the fuzzy warmth of earlier pop recordings by the band. Robert's vocals echo around a bright piano and guitar combo, the lyrics yet again lending themselves a very sexual interpretation. This is a great b-side on a great single, and a must-have for Cure collectors.
Sleep When Im Dead - this is not the best single song so far (freakshow is underrated due to not being that great live), but it grows on you like ivy to an old house not being kept up. The repeative lines of "sleep when im dead, you angels" drags the song down a little but it has a decent groove to it and after a couple of listens u are bobbing your head and pounding your hand on the steering wheel of your car to the bass/drum line.
Down Under- another great b-side from a band that could have a hit album with just b-sides. This song is not as wah-wah pedal as all kinds of stuff but somewhat similar. Definetly alot like something from Wish album. The lyrics are actually better here than on Sleep when im dead.
Verdict- This is worth it, trust me, especially if u have purchased any of the other singles. If you havent then i would recommend starting with Freakshow or The Perfect Boy (which is coming out August 13th and prolly the best song coming out). Sleep when im dead is the weakest of the singles but dont lose faith in the new album, i think this is going to be a big surpise hit of 2008/2009.
But this isn't to imply that Sleep is a bad song at all. It's just that, to my ears, it's the least inspired single lyrically and structurally. The high-pitched vocals are delivered with potent urgency, which gives fire to the song, and the rhythmic throb lends the tune an almost dark wave/disco feel. And of course, Porl's wah guitar is again fiercely prominent.
Some people have lamented that the studio version of Sleep When I'm Dead is rather inert, and does not match the raw energy of the live song. But I prefer the studio version because it is more dreamily textured. I like the paradox of sounds - the ethereal vocals melting within a cauldron of guitars and percussion. Interestingly, but certainly not crucially, the original song is an actual relic from the "Head on the Door" sessions. And indeed, it does sound a bit like Head's "Baby Screams" meshed with Kiss Me's "Torture." But let's not dwell on comparisons - a rather sloppy tactic of the unimaginative.
Lyrically, the song is a mixture of comical surrealism (childlike references to animals abound) and snooze-inducing banality ("take one for the team"). There are, however, a few interesting lines, such as "THAT'S A GREEN EYED PANIC CLIMB TO THE EDGE OF NOWHERE," the weird sense of which could have been exploited more throughout the song, to give eager lyric-dissectors more tools to work with. However, I can appreciate that the lyrics likely have more import that I am able to discern at this point.Read more ›
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Very good product, price and timing. A friend of mine had been looking for this everywhere. He just even met Richard Smith!Published on April 15, 2013 by Francisco
The first song "Sleep When I'm Dead" is absolutely wonderful...verry remny of early Cure songs from albums like "Disintegration" and "Pornography". The second song is just ok... Read morePublished on October 27, 2008 by CRAZOTOLOGY
As with my previous review of "The Perfect Boy", if you are a long time Cure fan you'll find something to like about this single and b-side. Read morePublished on October 13, 2008 by Luis
"Sleep When I'm Dead" is definitely the most Cure-like of the new singles, and a little adventurous even. Read morePublished on September 1, 2008 by J. Peebles
Both songs are great! I personally like the second song better however they are both great!Published on August 29, 2008 by Chris Desani
The production of the new Cure material leaves a lot to be desired. Where it lacks in meledy and song structure, there's an attempt to make up for it with loud, over the top vocals... Read morePublished on August 21, 2008 by K. Walker
This is the best single so far. A Cure fan will not be disappointed. The B side is excellent as well. By the way... Read morePublished on August 7, 2008 by Mr. Jean-paul Tabja-odria
Then you like this song.
It's a pulled out from "The Head on the Door" Album session.
I like it !!! Read more
I read in an interview with Rolling Stone that Robert Smith recently found "Sleep When I'm Dead," which was a demo from the recording sessions of The Head on the Door, which is, in... Read morePublished on July 22, 2008 by Tyler King