The Cure - The Cure
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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).
Score distribution:
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. jubbajubs
    Jun 30, 2004
    10
    great album but no pop hits. which is good
  2. dianed.
    Sep 22, 2004
    10
    "I dont know whats going on" ... but obviously the CURE has it going on! They did it again! Their latest self-titled album, released 2000, has got to be their best one out there! The hit single, "The End of The World", is one of my favouites from all of the 11 tracks. Other hits like "Lost", "Anniversary, "Us or Them", and "The Promise" are all songs i like listening to. To sum it all up, the CURE's music will "Never" die ... ROCK ON!!!! Expand
  3. tompupet
    Jun 19, 2007
    10
    brilliant
  4. mauriciof
    Jun 28, 2004
    9
    es la zorra el disco uno de los mejores de la banda
  5. 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
  6. BenjaminBunny
    Jul 24, 2004
    5
    Where Bloodflowers alternated between being quietly beautiful and being yawnfully drawn-out, The Cure alternates between being energetic and "cathartic" (noisy) and being screechy and tuneless. Robert--where's the melody? As much as I love this band, I really wish they'd just stop making records. Expand
  7. JeffM
    Jul 8, 2004
    0
    Horrible.

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