The Cure - The Cure
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

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  • Summary: The follow-up to 2000's 'Bloodflowers' sees Robert Smith & co. working with metal producer Ross Robinson (Limp Bizkit, Korn) for the first time (and apparently, he ate up so much of the recording budget that they couldn't afford an album cover artist).
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 90
    This is a thrilling album, one that contains an extremity of sound and emotion that's unlikely to be matched by anyone else this year. [Album of the Month, Aug 2004, p.90]
  2. The new album is their most adventurous and passionate since Disintegration.
  3. It's not a perfect record, but "The Cure" does achieve something quite remarkable and unexpected. It leaves you looking forward to their next one.
  4. As with Prince on Musicology, Smith allows the Cure's current lineup to become his own tribute band. [9 Jul 2004, p.86]
  5. 70
    The recorded-live-by-candlelight performances documented herein aren't short on the kind of clamorous foreboding and twisted pop nous a fan of Disintegration or The Head On The Door might hope for. [Aug 2004, p.87]
  6. If approached with a substantial amount of skepticism and wariness, The Cure is not a complete disappointment. In fact, it's often surprisingly good and sometimes even great.
  7. 40
    They come off more than ever like a caricature. [Aug 2004, p.130]

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. Nov 17, 2011
    7
    Some of this is good, definitely 5 or 6 tracks that cut the mustard but then some of it is so poor it tarnishes the Cures legacy. Lost, The End of the World and Before Three are the highlights. Unless your big into the Cure you won't find a whole lot more here although I have to say the production is very interesting - gives the band/Smith a heavier sound than you'd normally associated with them. Expand
  2. Jan 30, 2014
    7
    Ok so first off, The Cure have maintained a standard on the vast majority of their albums that many other artists could only hope too achieve. Three Imaginary Boys has been my favourite album of all time for a while now. It's energy is just out there. I understand that many would disagree and say that Three Imaginary boys isn't even half good. But I couldn't care less. This album is a little sub-par if you ask me. It's lyrics are brilliant as I've come to expect. But the album seems a little dreary if I'm honest. All in all I'd still say the album is a success. But Robert seems to be trying to stick to the usual stuff instead of pushing himself further. Expand

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