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).
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Strikes a near-perfect balance between the various facets of the band's history.
  2. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    Startling from the first listen... the band are heavier, more menacing, more rhythmic than ever. [19 Jun 2004, p.55]
  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. It's hard to imagine a set of songs that better reflects every phase the group has navigated through its turbulent career.
  5. 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.
  6. Mojo
    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]
  7. Blender
    40
    They come off more than ever like a caricature. [Aug 2004, p.130]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 7 out of 37
  1. rebeccak
    Jul 2, 2004
    10
    I don't think I could find a better cd coming out right now. This is an amazing album. First of all the cd has a key to the secret I don't think I could find a better cd coming out right now. This is an amazing album. First of all the cd has a key to the secret website which you gotta see. Which your not gonna find while your burning. The childlike artwork is very creative and it's got some great songs. Including End of the World, a great way to start off the album. I highley recommend you pick this one up Expand
  2. ChristinaG
    Oct 25, 2004
    10
    The Cure album is another one to add to your collection of Cure greats. There are so many awesome tracks on the cd that it is hard to choose The Cure album is another one to add to your collection of Cure greats. There are so many awesome tracks on the cd that it is hard to choose one favorite. Some stars on the album though are The End of the World, Alt.End, and Taking Off. Truly every song reflects the growth and artistic capability of The Cure. Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2015
    10
    Brilhante, e esse termo que uso pra dar outro nome a este álbum. The Cure conseguiu nos levar de volta a seu auge nos anos 90, um feito muitoBrilhante, e esse termo que uso pra dar outro nome a este álbum. The Cure conseguiu nos levar de volta a seu auge nos anos 90, um feito muito difícil e praticamente impossível, mas não pro The Cure. Expand
  4. spiderj
    Jun 29, 2004
    9
    stunning!
  5. 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.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
  6. TomJ
    Aug 4, 2004
    5
    Before buying this CD I would definitely not consider myself a Cure fan, however, I figured I give it a shot and I was absolutely blown away Before buying this CD I would definitely not consider myself a Cure fan, however, I figured I give it a shot and I was absolutely blown away with how good this album is. After the first couple of tracks I could easily put them in the top ten of my favorite bands. Not only are Robert?s lyrics simply amazing but the music is fantastic as well. The passion, anger, and sadness that Robert displays really give the songs the true emotion that most artists and bands lack. ?Us or Them? would be the best example of this and is my favorite track on the album. ?Lost? and ?The Promise? are also two of my favorites on the CD. This is one of the best CDs I?ve heard in a long time. I highly recommend this album to any and all music fans. Expand
  7. JeffM
    Jul 8, 2004
    0
    Horrible.

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