Rhythm & Views 

The Cure

A sure-fire way to lose an audience at a rock concert is to utter the phrase, "This next song is on our new album." And after hearing news of a new release from an act like '80s goth-rock legends The Cure, most fans' response is, "Right, so when's the tour?"

Cure fans have reason for caution following 2004's poorly timed, self-titled aggro makeover, which came on the heels of a tour with Interpol and a newfound interest from a generation of goth teens. With The Cure's 13th studio album in 30 years, 4:13 Dream, Robert Smith and co. are back to form--but unfortunately, Smith runs out of ideas halfway through filling out that form.

4:13 Dream's first track, "Underneath the Stars," mirrors "Plainsong," the dramatic opener to 1989's masterpiece Disintegration; then the album dives head-first into bouncy pop, pulling heartstrings with the euphoric "The Only One." The tune wraps Cure favorites "Friday I'm in Love," "In Between Days" and "Just Like Heaven" into a package tailor-made for a Valentine's mix CD--or the next Anne Hathaway wedding-related vehicle.

Recorded mostly live in the studio, 4:13 shines with the simplicity of Smith's hopeful mourning on "This. Here and Now. With You," "The Hungry Ghost" and "The Perfect Boy." Elsewhere, uninspired place-holding lyrics such as "I won't try to bring you down about my suicide" kill the mood. 4:13's greatest sin comes in the form of the noisy filler cuts, all with incessant Hendrix-lite wah-wah guitar, signaling to the audience: We Are Rocking.

So when is this tour, anyway?


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

We Made One-Fifth of a Lotería Deck For You

The Weekly List: 25 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Noise Annoys

    Mute Swan and the Curse of Local Hype
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • Honky Tonk Girl

    How this Tucson 19-year-old might trip the country electric
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation