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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 (May 20, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B00193E0US
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Cure, one of the most revered British bands of the past quarter-century, have unveiled their plans to release four singles, one each month starting May 13th, leading up to the release of their thirteenth studio album, as yet untitled, which will be out on Suretone/Geffen Records September 13, 2008. It will be the band's first album of new music since 2004's self titled album The Cure. Physical and digital singles will be available for purchase in store and on all digital partners.

Why the 13th of each month? The forthcoming album is The Cure's thirteenth studio album... A lucky number indeed!

Led as always by lead singer/guitarist Robert Smith, the Cure line-up comprises longtime members bass player Simon Gallup, drummer Jason Cooper and, back in the band for a third time, guitarist Porl Thompson.

The Cure first formed in southern England in 1976 as Easy Cure. In 1978 the 'Easy' was dropped, and The Cure was signed to the Fiction label. In May 1979 their debut album Three Imaginary Boys was released to great acclaim.

Other landmark Cure albums include Pornography (1982), The Head on the Door (1985), Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987), Disintegration (1989), Wish (1992), Wild Mood Swings (1996), the Grammy-nominated Bloodflowers (2000) and their last full length release, the self-titled set The Cure (2004). 2006 saw the Suretone/Geffen release of Festival 2005, an award winning 5.1 DVD featuring 30 songs, shot by fans, band members and professionals during the summer of 2005's European festival run.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eric Edelin on May 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A lot of times when a veteran group releases an album, the critics and reviews like to compare it to past achievements as if to give the new release some credibility (or if we're going to be really cynical, to help the record sell) or to help it resonate amongst the old fans. After one listen to the new single, it became immediately apparent that sometimes the voices are actually right.

'The Only One' sounds reminiscent, without being a total retread or rip-off, of that jangly 'Wish' sound, ESPECIALLY the lead-off single, 'High.' Despite being a bit less wistful, and more quirky than 'High' the sound is all there. 'NY Trip' is a bit less spunky sounding, but no less energetic, showcasing a nice wah-wah lead guitar and Smith's howl during the refrain. Honestly, 'NY Trip' is a close cousin to the b-sides from the 1995-1996 'Wild Mood Swings' sessions, particularly 'A Pink Dream' and to some of the 2004 b-sides like 'Fake'.

For better or for worse (depending on what type of Cure fan) The Cure has settled into a sound, with 'Wish' being the real starting point to that sound. Gone are the lush keyboards that textured their '85-'89 period and made for some great songs. One feels like Smith was never quite as comfortable with previous lineups of the band as he is with his current lineup (Porl Thompson and Simon Gallup both being Cure stalwarts on and off since the early days) and the sound of these new songs really shows that. Since the 90s, Smith has effectively reduced the amount of keyboards from the albums, with 'Bloodflowers' being the major exception; but wasn't that supposed to be a sequel to 'Disintegration' anyway?

Overall, there was an uncertainty about the departure of long-time keyboardist, Roger O'Donnell.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on June 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
As the first single from the Cure's forthcoming 13th album, The Only One sets the tone for what Cure fans can expect of this latest album. The single is poppy and jangly, in the style of The Head on the Door and Wish, and though the song itself isn't as strong as some of the singles from those records, it is a nice single, and a good choice as an opener for the set of four singles. The b-side is an interesting, slightly darker affair, but both songs share a sort of sick fascination for erotica in the lyrics, which are rather X-rated depending on how you interpret them. If The Only One is the worst song on their upcoming album, Cure fans will have much to rejoice about. Though the sound may not be as groundbreaking as that of Disintegration or Bloodflowers, it is a sound that will please many fans that were disappointed their the 2004 self-titled album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Norton on May 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Good to hear the Cure back on form.
Saw them perform this live a few times earlier in the year & the almost "fair-ground" feel of the song on the single is a joy really.
The B side is typically quirky & IMO better than the A side.
In fact it wouldn't sound out of place on The Top really.
What does stick in my craw, however, is the fact that the digital download for sale is a poor quality, lossy wma file.
You'd think that a band with the standing of the Cure would at least be able to offer a lossless download.
Even NIN can do that (for free).
Now we need to brace ourselves for June 13th when Fud Show is released.
Here's hoping it's better in the studio than that poppy drivel they are playing currently.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris on July 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
'The Only One' is good single with a classic Cure sound. However, its perhaps a bit to generic; a fairly 'safe' first single. I honestly prefer the b-side 'NY Trip'. That second track has more personality, with vocal and piano elements adding a bit of uniqueness. If 'NY Trip' doesn't make it on the album, this single is a must buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tautologies on July 15, 2008
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The Cure chose The only one as their first single. It sounds like they are getting back to the Wish sound on this one.
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A catchy little tune. Robert Smith has a very mesmerizing voice, and having listened to this tune quite a few times, I think this is one of those songs you'll catch your self singing. Good light summer-feelgood-be-happy-have-fun songs. I must say I really like the b-side on this one. NY Trip, a very very good b-side, from a band that has a history of producing very good b-sides on their singles.

In anycase, it looks like their new album will be a double one...(from Billboard) "What will probably happen is that a double album will come out like a limited edition, mixed by me," he continues. "A single-disc version, which I assume will be primarily chosen by the label, might get mixed by someone else in order to have a different thing. There's a concern Cure fans will feel like they have to get both, but the fact is, I've agreed to sell the double version at a single album price, because I feel that strongly about it. It is almost impossible to get a double album nowadays. I naively thought my standing as an artist would push aside all objections, but the world gets ever more commercial as it turns."
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on May 14, 2008
This single sounds like the classic cure sound that harkens back to Wish. If most of the CD sounds like this then I will be pleased. The lyrics start off strong, but do get quirky in the middle. I was a little upset by the quirkiness of the lyrics, but it's usually either gloom and doom with Robert Smith (think Plainsong or alt end) or sticky sweetness like The Only One. The music is reminiscence of Wish and Kiss me, Kiss me, Kiss me. It's a truly classic cure song and this should go down as one of the all-time classic Cure singles.
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