• Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Jun 29, 2004
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Uncut
    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]
  3. This is a much better effort than anything they've done in quite some time.
  4. 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.
  5. The new album is their most adventurous and passionate since Disintegration.
  6. There are entirely too many nods to the past for this album to be a fresh start, yet it refuses to slip comfortably into place in their catalogue.
  7. 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]
  8. Keep giving it a whirl though and it becomes something rather exquisite.
  9. Brighter than Bloodflowers, denser than Wish, The Cure presents Smith as a wild-haired sorcerer's apprentice, conducting another mad symphony of infatuation and angst.
  10. Invoking Disintegration is ridiculous, but The Cure is remarkably more thrilling a listen than the band's most recent guitar-heavy predecessors.
  11. Filter
    76
    Strangely timid in both its production choices and songwriting. [#11, p.92]
  12. The lyric invention of past Cure albums is missing, but the pop transcendence emerges in fits.
  13. It's hard to imagine a set of songs that better reflects every phase the group has navigated through its turbulent career.
  14. Spin
    75
    If The Cure feels like a recapitulation of the band's career, it's because they've recorded songs very much like these before. [Aug 2004, p.103]
  15. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    As with Prince on Musicology, Smith allows the Cure's current lineup to become his own tribute band. [9 Jul 2004, p.86]
  16. 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.
  17. Not the fresh start the band truly needed, The Cure at least succeeds in validating the current lineup of the band, as it is a compelling reminder of what made the Cure so great for so long.
  18. Some of its most appealing material in recent memory.
  19. 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]
  20. Nothing on The Cure really soars.
  21. Much of The Cure slogs along at the same churning, monotonous pace, and Smith, rambling in a croak-shout variation of his normal singing voice, does the material few favors.
  22. Q Magazine
    60
    This is The Cure sounding a lot like The Cure. Never a bad thing, just a familiar one. [Aug 2004, p.107]
  23. The Cure have become journeymen, for better and worse, turning out well-crafted music that's easy to enjoy yet not all that compelling either.
  24. Cure fans are certainly used to Smith’s voice being high in the mix, but on this record it can be overwhelming and stifling.
  25. Blender
    40
    They come off more than ever like a caricature. [Aug 2004, p.130]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 58
  2. Negative: 7 out of 58
  1. Mar 25, 2016
    9
    I think this is the most underrated Cure album. Maybe it is not perfect, but it is great. Songs like Us or Them, The End of the World, LostI think this is the most underrated Cure album. Maybe it is not perfect, but it is great. Songs like Us or Them, The End of the World, Lost are really fantastic. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »