"This was the first Cure album I bought and heard. It was amazing. I was really depressed at the time so I related all the songs to my life, and this cd really helped me. It is full of beautiful songs, my favorites being End of the World, Before Three, Alt End, (I Don't Know What's Going) on, and Taking Off. But then, I love about 90% of the songs on the cd. Since the first time I heard of them, I've listened to some of their other older music and I still find I love this cd the most. A great buy."
A concept album that could only be written by someone who ge
Chris R. Call | Oakville Ontario | 04/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The concept is not complex. The rise and fall of lovers. Better than anything from the 80's or 90's, and just different from Bloodflowers or 4:13, this is a must have, but I find, an album that is best listened to by the track rather than by the whole. Maybe that's the awesomeness of it, as it is a concept album. I enjoy this album for hearing the voice of my soul at any given moment. Track 7, Alt.End is the best of them all. That's up for argument though. In studio, Robert has never been so strong.
It is a tough call, but I think quietly, this is the best Cure album, though it is not the one I will listen to the most."
SRS | Ohio | 12/29/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Cure was my favorite band in the 80s. The only thing they made since Wish that's listenable (and that album is mediocre overall) is Bloodflowers. This barely demo quality thing proves the adage "You can't judge a book by its cover" wrong, as did Wild Mood Swings.
I didn't buy that album because of its cover and its title. When I finally heard it ten years later I found out just how right I was. This one, though, got me, because I was looking for a gift for my sister, a huge Cure fan. I would have been better off buying her a pack of socks.
The Cure, though, didn't stop their quest to find the bottom of the bottomless pit with this thing, though. The album after this one is even more preposterous when called a "Cure" album. I had suggested that the band get Porl back. I had hoped that would cure them. But, the problem must really be Robert. He has utterly lost it and needs to pack it in."
The Cure's Hardest Sounding Album
Nick Shredder | Salt Lake City, Utah | 02/16/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a long time Cure fan. I've been into their music since Disintegration and I know all of their music like the back of my hand. Literally, I can play their music in my sleep and I've seen them in concert 5 times. Enough, about my Cure credentials.
I was really excited when this album came out. I was not really impressed with their previous release "Bloodflowers" and was in need of something with a greater impact. What bothered me the most about Bloodflowers is that it was hailed as the "third part" of the trilogy with "Pornography and Disintegration," which supposedly would "cap off" a great era in the bands history. However, I disagreed. Pornography and Disintegration do have threads between them, but I could not see how Bloodflowers was naturally part of this trilogy. It's inclusion seemed more artificial.
When The Cure's self titled album came out I thought it was a more natural third part to Pornography and Disintegration. The Cure should have waited to say anything about "trilogies" until the self titled album came out. "Pornography, Disintegration, The Cure," would have been a much better trilogy, with more natural threads between albums and heavy sound.
I like The Cure "The Cure" in the same way that I like the Pornography album. The guitar sounds are heavy. Simon Gallup's Bass drives the music, providing a thick back bone to the songs. Jason's drums are hard, adding texture to choruses, and adding excitement to other parts of the songs. Robert Smith's guitar is amazing as always. But, like the Porography album, the keyboards are used very sparingly. So if you are looking for that dreamy synth sound like on Disintegration, you will not find it here. But, if you've enjoyed the "Darker side" of The Cure; albums like Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography, this album is for you. Buy this right now!!! But if you are into their "Poppy, Shiny, and Happy" music, you probably won't enjoy this album very much because there's not much of that on this album. This album is more blistering, intense, and aggressive. Blistering, intense, and aggressive can be really, really good! All of the material from this album played very well live. "Lost" was an amazing song to open a concert with. "The Promise" was a major highlight that I remember from the tour in 2004. "Us or Them" really got the crowd going.
The Cure has gone through periods of sounding harder, lighter, sadder, or plain weird. This album is on the harder side. I love it. It does what it sets out to do; it delivers a blistering sound with haunting vocals. Bloodflowers did not deliver. That was supposed to have more of a Disintegration feel, but it did not, and nothing on it grabs you like Disintegration did. Bloodflowers and Wild Mood Swings are by far my least played Cure albums. The Cure "The Cure" is at the top of all their recent albums for me. I give it a spin when ever I'm in a "Cure mood," along with other albums that capture how I'm feeling.
I gave it 4 stars because I reserve 5 stars for master pieces like Wish, Disintegration, and Kiss me, Kiss me, Kiss me."