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The Cure [Enhanced]

The CureAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

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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 notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often ... Read more in Amazon's The Cure Store

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B00028HOFY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It’s the grooviest thing, it’s a perfect dream.....the new album is their most adventurous and passionate since Disintegration. -- Rolling Stone, July 2004

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Songs...BAD Production July 7, 2004
By JLS
Format:Audio CD
Okay...it seems that the biggest complaint people have with this album is that there is no huge, lush orchestrations that were prevalent on albums such as "Disintegration." Well, that isn't really true. There ARE lush orchestrations...you just can't hear them that well. The songs really are good songs. They really are melodic. They really are emotional. They really are classic Cure songs. Unfortunately, the production is so bad that usually all that you can hear is distorted guitar, droning bass, and Robert Smith's vocals. One of the clearest examples of great song-writing marred by horrible production is on "Anniversary." If you listen with headphones...with the volume very loud...you CAN hear some synth leads, fluttery smooth melodies, and even a piano, but unless you strain your ears to the point of bleeding, you probably won't notice any of that. That is the case with every song. Lots of good great melodies, synths, and complex orchestrations all with the volume turned down so the distortion can come to the forefront.
Basically, most of the good reviews are correct, and most of the bad reviews are correct. The good reviews talk about the songwriting being on par with past Cure albums. This is very true. There is lush orchestrations, great synth parts, great guitar parts...this is a good Cure album. Yet on the other hand, the bad reviews are correct too. The prodution is muddy (so muddy that you won't be able to hear 90% or the parts), there is no orchestration (even though there is orchestrations...good luck hearing them), and there are no beautiful synth parts (again...there...just with the volume turned way down).
In conclusion, if you want a Cure album with really good songs that you can't really hear or enjoy..get this album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tired and uninspired August 24, 2004
By someguy
Format:Audio CD
I was looking forward to the new release from the Cure with great expectations. I didn't even let my so-so response to their first single sway my anticipation. However, once I started listening to the album, over and over again trying to give it a chance, it never took off the ground. The first thing that stood out to me was the way over-repetative lyrics. Sometimes that can be effective, but not if it's done constantly. Second, as everyone already knows, the man who brought us Slipknot and KoRn was the one who totally screwed up the production on this one. I have to agree with everyone else who has asked Robert what the freak he was thinking to sign with Ross. The whole record is WAAAYYY overproduced and leaves no room for dynamics or atmosphere, let alone the signature Robert Smith guitar sound. Even Bloodflowers sounds much more dynamic than this album.

Lastly, one of the previous reviewers eluded to the fact that while the record might not hold up, the live show may prove us all wrong (he used Wish as an example). Well, I saw them on their most recent tour, and while overall it was one of the most incredible shows I've ever seen, the new material was absolutely flat (with the exeption of The Promise). It was amazing how the new material compared with their previous, more inspired work. There are no songs on the new record that even come close to matching songs like "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea", "Disintigration", "A Forest" or "100 years" live.

Simply put, this album is average, something The Cure is not known for. If you're a Cure completist, go ahead and get it, but don't expect any of the songs to give you the chills, or much of an emotional response at all. I wonder why Robert said that anyone who doesn't like this album doesn't like The Cure...I think the reason I don't like this album is BECAUSE I like The Cure...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! October 10, 2005
By x_bruce
Format:Audio CD
Blowing past individual song styles and titles I'm going to concentrate on a simple concept; that being, living up to your capabilities.

In the reviews I read a couple people felt "they could do better" and that the "album lacks cohesion" and I agree to both statements although I like the outcome vastly more than these other reviewers.

Here's why; the album is fun to listen to and although the word cohesive means a lot of things to different people, let's use it as this - cohesion means having a core theme or elements to the music. And while I think both can be good, I don't particularly care that the album "The Cure" is all over the place. In fact, that's part of the reason I like the CD, because it is all over the place, and if anything, is a step towards "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me" as opposed to "Disintegration", which was so thematically cohesive and made a statement as to what music essentially would be for a large segment of the rock scene to this day.

But "Disintegration", much as I like it, also brought about the 77 minute album that starts to be same sounding at 30 minutes. Honestly, but for format, I think the album could have been trimmed and still been absolutely fine.

Which was why I brought up Kiss Me. It gets a lot of "lacking coherence" comments and yet, it was the album that got me interested in the Cure again, so for me, bring on the new stuff.

I mentioned both as they were back to back releases and, I think, typical of how Robert Smith and Co operate. The last release I could tolerate was Bloodflowers, and only because I liked the ideas the Cure tried for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I rate it 4 stars now...
...after much time I heard it the first time. We Cure-addict must stop expecting our heroes to come back Always with the same record. People, artists, time change. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rank
2.0 out of 5 stars Short and simple
Simply put, it sounds like a drunken jam session with a rock star getting together with a couple of friends from way back in the day wanting to rehash the good ole good days and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cleopatra
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE ALBUM. TIME TO QUIT, ROB
I'd give this horrible album zero stars if I could, but Anniversary is the only song on the album worth getting. Robert Smith knows this, that's why he kicked Perry out the band. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Manth
4.0 out of 5 stars kiss thiss
it took eme awile to write a decent album. when this came out people could feel it would be a cure classic
Published 14 months ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Cured
The Cure's path has always been shrouded in mystery. When the band followed up their debut "Three Imaginary Boys" with a different sound in 1980 ("Seventeen Seconds") it was a sign... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andy Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heaviest Album Ever
Robert Smith said he tried to make the heaviest album ever, and he has succeeded. At first when I listened to this album, I thought the songs sounded generic and some of the songs... Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Yuan
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Cure album...
Actually, this is my favorite cure album...and yes, I am a LONG TIME fan, I have seen them both live and chilled with them hanging out at my favorite club in Houston, "Numbers"... Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by R. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cure's Hardest Sounding Album
I'm a long time Cure fan. I've been into their music since Disintegration and I know all of their music like the back of my hand. Read more
Published on February 16, 2010 by Nick Shredder
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad
The Cure was my favorite band in the 80s. The only thing they made since Wish that's listenable (and that album is mediocre overall) is Bloodflowers. Read more
Published on December 28, 2009 by SRS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd imho...
There are many mixed reviews about this cd here. I was afraid to buy it, after reading previous opinions, but the truth is... I loved it! Read more
Published on May 6, 2009 by Dr. Music
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