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Old 10-21-2008, 11:37 PM   #1
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:42 PM   #2
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:44 PM   #3
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Biggest stunner of the year, too, because this record somehow does not suck. In fact, it's actually pretty pleasant (if 10-ish minutes/3-ish songs too long)! Weird, wild, unimaginable (for the last 15 years) stuff, I tells ya. It'll hardly win any EOY polls, and it's got nothing on the band's "classics," but it is a solid record from a band which hasn't released one since 1992. I am happy, I am surprised, and I will be listening, again!

"Underneath The Stars," the album-opener, is very enjoyable, and "The Only One" remains one of the best singles I've heard, this year. It's chock full of Wish-y goodness, as are several of the record's highlights.

For the record, this is no Playing The Angel, as far as late-career albums from former '80s mega-acts are concerned, but it's definitely good enough to get to know.
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Easily the biggest disappointment of the year and the band's worst album. I am a huge Cure fan but this album wasn't interesting. Nothing stuck out. Just terrible by their standards.
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I've heard it's either pretty good or terrible. I guess I'll find out soon enough.
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Easily the biggest disappointment of the year and the band's worst album. I am a huge Cure fan but this album wasn't interesting. Nothing stuck out. Just terrible by their standards.
i've listened to the rome performance of the album and agree it's not their best, but it's way better than the last 3 albums. maybe if Fat Bob sticks to his promise of releasing the album of "darker" tracks this xmas they'll be vindicated.

EDIT: i now have the album. it sounds pretty good, beats out "wild mood swings", "bloodflowers" and "the cure". still agree with screwtape though.

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Pretty average boring; none of the tracks really impress me on it excluding I'll Sleep When I'm Dead; at best most of the tracks are good but nothing special. The opening song sounds like a cover band trying to write a song for Disintegration
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Glad to hear at least some of you are liking it. I'm already familiar with a good chunk of the songs from getting all of the pre-release singles, seeing them live earlier this year, and watching some of the performances of the other new songs live. Based off the singles, I'm unfortunately not too surprised that it's not clicking with a lot of people (at the same time though, I am quite surprised to see so many people acting as if their last 3 albums were terrible, as from what I've seen most fans used to say they enjoyed all of them. Particularly Bloodflowers.) Even if I don't end up liking any of the tracks that I haven't heard yet, it'll still be worth buying just for a studio version of Underneath the Stars.

I think I'll listen to the singles again today while I wait to hear the album next Tuesday when it's out.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:08 PM   #9
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EDIT: i now have the album. it sounds pretty good, beats out "wild mood swings", "bloodflowers" and "the cure". still agree with screwtape though.
Sounds like you agree with me, good sir or madam. Screwy was the one saying that it's the worst Cure album ever. I don't think it's anything approaching great, but I think we agree that it's discernibly better than Wild Mood Swings, Bloodflowers, and The Cure (which sounded, quite frankly, more like whatever the disease is than its cure). You put this record up to those mountains of shit (singles excepted) and it definitely doesn't sound so bad.

Also, is nobody else here feeling my love of "The Only One"...? I've been into that song since May, and I'm still not tired of it.
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i've listened to the rome performance of the album and agree it's not their best, but it's way better than the last 3 albums. maybe if Fat Bob sticks to his promise of releasing the album of "darker" tracks this xmas they'll be vindicated.

EDIT: i now have the album. it sounds pretty good, beats out "wild mood swings", "bloodflowers" and "the cure". still agree with screwtape though.

I'll give you Wild Mood Swings but The Cure is decent at times and Bloodflowers is amazing. I'm hoping for an album of darker tracks too.
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Also, is nobody else here feeling my love of "The Only One"...? I've been into that song since May, and I'm still not tired of it.
I am actually despite disliking the album. It sounds like something off Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.
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Also, is nobody else here feeling my love of "The Only One"...? I've been into that song since May, and I'm still not tired of it.
It's a decent single. I think the singles from the last album were all better than it though. To each their own.

The Perfect Boy is probably my favorite of the 4 singles, but Only One is close. Probably just edges it out for me because of the Perfect Girl reference/relation, and because I over listened to the Only One.
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I love Bloodflowers. It's in the top 4 of Cure albums for me (with Wish, Disintigration, and Kiss Me)
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I love Bloodflowers. It's in the top 4 of Cure albums for me (with Wish, Disintigration, and Kiss Me)
I agree that Bloodflowers is a consistently strong album - cut from the same cloth as Disintegration, even if it fails to live up to the sullen grandeur of that album.
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Wish wouldn't even make my top 7 Cure albums, not one of my favorites. It'd probably be #8 or 9.
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