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Old 11-15-2010, 03:40 PM   #106
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Save your scratch. It's too loud.
I was worried about that. The original CD was mixed just right. You have to turn it up but at least you won't lose detail.
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:40 PM   #107
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That's what I liked so much about the OG master--incredible space and nuance in the mix. It sounds different when you have to turn it up to make it as loud as it's supposed to be (the OG) than it does when it's just automatically that loud. I'm not any kind of audio engineer, so I can't describe this with great precision, but it sounds obvious to me. Bonus stuff was cool, though, for sure.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:07 PM   #108
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While this thread is still on the front page, I thought that I'd mention that I listening to the entirety of the b-sides compilation Join the Dots yesterday - all five hours of it. And I must say that this band has been remarkably consistent in terms of high-quality b-sides. There are several absolute gems on there, including Splintered in Her Head, Lament, The Upstairs Room, Fear of Ghosts, and This Twilight Garden. All five of them deserved to be mentioned amongst the band's strongest work.

Edit: Rob and co's take on World in My Eyes is excellent as well.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:03 AM   #109
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I listened to Join the Dots once. Straight through as well. Completely blown away by how good it was. That's a collection I'd dearly like to own.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:10 PM   #110
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I want to keep this thread on the first page, as I feel that The Cure deserves more attention around these parts.

Can we talk about our favorite Cure albums? Although it may be an obscure choice, I think that mine is Seventeen Seconds. It is a sparse album, but simultaneously highly atmospheric. It feels like riding across the English countryside in a train, which is the environment in which I came truly to appreciate the album.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:19 PM   #111
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Seventeen Seconds is a treat. Not many standouts, but it's supremely creative and offers a detailed look at a great band grasping for a new sound. Even if it lacks weight (right when it starts getting into a groove, it throws in a batshit minute-long sketch that goes nowhere), the atmosphere is delicious.

The Head On The Door is my favorite, Disintegration is their best. The former is an absolutely masterful would-be singles collection, while the latter is easily my favorite when I'm suffering moods I'm only in about 5% of the time.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:48 PM   #112
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Head on the Door really is fantastic. I would place in my number two spot. Disintegration lands at number three only because it is slightly too long, in my opinion at least. Then again, Faith and Pornography could also assume the number two spot on any given day. It just goes to show how consistently excellent the band, or Rob at least, was during its first decade.
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Disintegration is easily my favorite. I know it's long, but I don't notice that while I'm listening to it. I just love every moment of the album.

Lately I've been going through their Discography again, because I haven't been paying much attention to them this year, and I've really discovered just how much I love The Cure.

I'd also like to mention how much I love The Top. Just gave that one a listen the other day, and I'd forgotten really just how much I enjoy it. It's a mess, really, but the album came out at such a transitional period for the band, it's impressive that it's as good as it is.

Also, unpopular opinion, I like Wild Mood Swings more than Wish.


So there's a few things for you to discuss Iron Yup
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Man, Pornography is marred by the title track. And that's unfortunate, since the worst part of the title track really is Robert.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:03 AM   #115
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Pornography is the sound of the world ending, but the narrator seems almost smug about it, as though he had just been waiting around for some cataclysmic prophecy to unfold. And "The Figurehead" is one of the most stunning songs in their catalogue, especially in its live incarnation.

YouTube - The Cure Paris 1992 01 The Figurehead
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On the last listen, I was really impressed with "Cold". That one usually slips by me.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:08 PM   #117
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Fans of "A Forest" might be interested in this article about the gestation and production of the song: CLASSIC TRACKS: The Cure 'A Forest'
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On the last listen, I was really impressed with "Cold". That one usually slips by me.
Cold and A Strange Day are my two favorites from Pornography, only topped by One Hundred Years.

Seventeen Seconds would likely be in my top 3 Cure albums as well, Iron Yupmeister. (Disintegration, Head on the Door, 17 Secs. I know, not very adventurous)

I wish I wouldn't constantly forget about Faith, it's probably the most underrated of their albums for me personally. I seem to always forget how much I like it until I listen to it.
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This is as good an excuse as any to bump this thread (so I can stop spamming Random with my Cure thoughts):

The Cure confirmed for Vivid Live 2011 - Music News, Reviews, Interviews and Culture - Music Feeds

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Last week we reported rumours that The Cure would play the 2011 Vivid Live Festival. Now Music Feeds can confirm this is true! Another Vivid Artist, Azari & III have announced that The Cure will be playing the festival. This may be considered a leak, but it’s definitely a confirmation.

Rumours were running wild this week with Vivid Live organisers posting The Cure’s Lovecats video on their Facebook with the message “We can’t confirm or deny the rumour about The Cure but we can share their music”.

The exact details of how many shows they will play and what they will entail will be confirmed soon but we believe there is a surprise in store.
So at least they're doing things, I hope they're at least on the brink of another tour. It seems like the gears are slooowly getting back into motion with this and Bestival. Damn Australians/Brits.



In other non-news related news, I've been slowly working my way through The Cure's discography again. The Head On The Door was up today, and it's even better than I ever remembered it being. It's a bit of a mess, to be sure, but the singles/Push/Six Different Ways are just too brilliant for words.

Also, the RS Home Demo of "In Between Days" is one of the most beautiful things they've (he's?) ever done.
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You're even going through the deluxe bonus material, huh? Now that's devotion.

I really don't think that there is a weak track on Head on the Door. My personal favorites from it are The Blood and Sinking, although Kyoto Song also makes a strong case for one of those slots. Come to think of it, the only thing that I do not like about the album is the cover - I have spent more time than I would like to admit trying to figure out what the hell that image is supposed to be.
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