ALBUM FICTION, UNIVERSAL RELEASE: NOVEMBER
12, 2001 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 15, 2001
know many people who would not flinch to give this "Greatest Hits"
album ten points out of ten. I have to comment on some things that bug
me about it, though, as I am sure this review will bug some of the die
hard Cure fans.
First order of business: where are the tracks from "Faith"
and "Pornography"!? These are the albums that brought me into
the tangled, emotional web that is Robert Smith's self sacrificing lyrics
and they introduced me to new forms of suffering. I have a hard time listening
to "Cold", for instance, without getting convulsive sobbing
tendencies. Raw, undisturbed and hopeless. Come to think of it, these
two album masterpieces are the only ones I'm overly excited about, not
counting large parts of "Japanese Whispers", "Wish"
and "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me".
That is, until "Cut Here",
the brand new single, made it to the shops. It can't reach the heights
of "Cold", "A Strange Day" or "Faith", but
it is surprisingly close. Not in mood, but in pure song and melody strength.
The lyrics are more straight forward, yet still handling regrets of love.
It's the "Wish" sound with modern electronics
around the edges.
"Cut Here" is included on this compilation, as is another new
one, "Just Say Yes", which I don't care for at all. It's annoyingly
close to some of the most horrible songs on "Wild Mood Swings", that made me reconsider the greatness of The Cure.
Disregarding the new tracks and my objection to the lack of certain songs,
there are 18, no wait, 17 great songs on this "Greatest Hits"
release. No big surprises though, of course.
I'm lost in a forest. But I have herds of Cure fans with me. Maybe some
of them new?
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