Bestival Live 2011

  • Record Label: PIAS
  • Release Date: Dec 6, 2011
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
Buy On
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Dec 9, 2011
    91
    All 32 tracks are performed with the band's signature gloomy/giddy passion. [16 Dec 2011, p.83]
  2. 90
    This collection captures a beautiful set from a legendary group that remains vibrant and continues to look forward into the future.
  3. Uncut
    Jan 13, 2012
    80
    This captures The Cure at their crowd-pleasing best, an ageless band reveling in their past. [Feb 2012, p.83]
  4. Dec 9, 2011
    80
    This is primarily a celebratory set of greatest hits to appeal to casual and obsessive fans alike.
  5. Dec 13, 2011
    75
    Bestival offers the opportunity to take a tour of the band's long, fruitful career, stopping at each stylistic turn in their journey to take in the sonic scenery, but it also adds the freshness that only a live performance can bring.
  6. Jan 31, 2012
    70
    They've written material that holds up through the looking glass of time, and Bestival is ultimately a testament to a band running through the hits with some level of gusto and verve, making them seem fresh and exciting so many years removed from their gestation.
  7. Jan 19, 2012
    70
    The album should serve as both a challenge to younger bands to up their live game and a particularly dynamic treat for fans.
  8. Dec 9, 2011
    70
    Bestival Live 2011 is an understandably honest reflection of the Cure in the popular mind as their commercial high point recedes further into the past, but given Smith and the band's other contemporaneous activities, it's an incomplete portrait.
  9. Dec 9, 2011
    70
    Before Spotify, this album could have qualified as a pretty decent starting point for anyone looking to bridge the gap between 'Friday I'm In Love' and 'Primary'. Now you can just arrange the studio polished tracks into a playlist, this kind of release is demoted to the status of fan favourite.
  10. Jan 26, 2012
    60
    Despite being together for more than 35 years, their sound is tight and refined without sounding tired.
  11. Jan 6, 2012
    58
    While the collection speaks highly of the Cure's professionalism, it never catches spark, save for a performance of "The Caterpillar", reportedly their first since 1984.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 25, 2016
    6
    Great thing for fans, but it could be much better. I'd reduce the number of tracks recorded on CD to 20. Lack of second guitar is audible. NotGreat thing for fans, but it could be much better. I'd reduce the number of tracks recorded on CD to 20. Lack of second guitar is audible. Not bad, but not very good. Full Review »