Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Don't Dream It's Over

The Cure - 4:13 Dream B-

The Cure is back! It's been four long years, but the new album, 4:13 Dream is in stores today.

Now, some of you who know me well know that the Cure is my all time favorite band. Back in the late 80's I found religion in the form of Robert Smith. He became my god, and Disintegration was my bible. That album forever changed my life. Now, almost 20 years after Disintegration, Robert Smith and the boys are still relevant, still making important music, and they still move me.

4:13 Dream is bouncy and the overall mood feels happier than their last two albums, Bloodflowers and The Cure. But that's not to say it's without their signature gloom and doom. On the track "The Reasons Why" Smith sings "I won't try to bring you down about my suicide" and promises not to "hang you up about my love life". While the album's closing track, "It's Over", Smith frantically proclaims, "every inch of me is raw and it's always f*cking over!".

The Cure has been around a long time (since 1977), many reviewers like to provide a cross reference to what each new album sounds like and this review is no different. 4:13 Dream definitely sounds like an offspring of Wish (1992), with hints of their previous (self titled) album, The Cure (2004). Rumor has it that the band recorded 30+ songs (this initially was suppose to be a double album), so hopefully another Cure album will be coming out soon.

My top 10 favorite Cure albums (in order)
*Box set
10. Bloodflowers (2000)
9. Faith (1981)
8. Wish (1992)
7. Join the Dots: B-sides and Rarities, 1978-2001 (2004)*
6. The Head on the Door (1985)
5. Standing on a Beach/Staring at the Sea: The Singles (1990)
4. Seventeen Seconds (1980)
3. Pornography (1982)
2. Kiss me, Kiss me, Kiss me (1987)
1. Disintegration (1989)

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