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As mentioned at the start of the year, Robert Smith has turned his attention away from 4:13 Dream to Almost Alice, a collection of songs inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. He’s joined by the likes of Owl City, Avril Lavigne, the All-American Rejects, and many other of your favorite artists. (The movie’s actual score was done by Danny Elfman, though Avril’s track will show up during the credits.) Take a listen to Smith’s “Very Good Advice.” It includes less tears than the original.

Almost Alice is out 3/2 via Buena Vista. Smith will also be singing on “Come To Me” on 65daysofstatic’s next album. Check them out, if you haven’t: He has an ear for emerging talent.

Comments (37)
  1. I so hope Robert will put out a solo album. The Cure seems tired and dragged out (it’s hard saying that since they’re my favourite band); they haven’t made a great album since Wish.

  2. Geff  |   Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 0

    “The Cure seems tired and dragged out (it’s hard saying that since they’re my favourite band); they haven’t made a great album since Wish.” While I could not agree with that statement more, Robert pretty much IS The Cure these days. AND THIS SUCKS!

    • He just really needs to be inspired again. Drop the old band members (although I do still like Simon Gallup) and do some colab work with some CREDIBLE artists.

      And yes, Smith is basically The Cure, but what he cant control are the other band members styles of playing, such as Porl’s now wanky guitar playing and Jason’s uninspiring and soft hitting drumming.

      • Cris  |   Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 0

        oh how I hate Jason’s drumming… and yes, I preferred Perry to present Porl. At least he tried to actually bring something personal to the band’s sound instead of playing neverending ROCK solos as if he didn’t even hear the rest of the song like Porl does now. I really think Robert needs someone to tell him when he’s wrong and it seems everyone’s let him do whatever he feels like too much for the last 15 years…

  3. Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland looks strangely like Madonna.

  4. Birdmad G  |   Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 0

    I will NEVER understand why Robert collaborates with such TRASH. That’s just one of the reasons he’s been dead to me since 1993…

  5. Cris  |   Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 0

    I will never lose the hope, though, but “4:13 Dream” was the first Cure album I didn’t even bother to buy since I discovered them round “Kiss me Kiss me Kiss me”… And yes they’re my favourite band, and I share all that’s been said here. But Robert’s tastes on electronic music seem a bit old-fashioned too, this sounds a bit trip hop to me. He should have continued surrounding himself with people like Cranes or My Bloody Valentine as he did round “Wish”…

  6. bebacker  |   Posted on Feb 16th, 2010 0

    Is that the poster for Everything is Illuminated on acid?

  7. Robert is amazing and The Cure’s mythical dark album will be great im sure. He doesnt need to go solo, they rock. =]

  8. tom cheshire  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2010 0

    u can’t b great 4eva. he was once the BEST! my favorite lyricist and what a way with melodies. he had an amazing run.

  9. Logan  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2010 0

    worst soundtrack of 2010?
    i think so.

  10. rob  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2010 0

    you people talking smack have issues with holding on to the past. let the cure progress how they see fit. were you at the 4 Tour? it was amazing. and what “credible” artist would you want smith to work with? taylor swift? my chemical romance? AVRIL? kidding right? and everyone stop acting like you know who robert”s collaborating with or hanging with or doing or not doing. we don’t know sh@t about what he is up to other then a one paragraph post on thecure.com

    by the way, if you can’t feel the crazy distortion in ‘very good advice’ and just chalk it up to “oh this sucks” then stop calling yourself a smith fan. only robert could sing this song like that.

    and “nothing good since Wish.” WHAT? i have to leave now…

  11. Me  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2010 0

    Very sad to say but… It’s really awful… Seems Robert is definitely dead (but we all knew it since 4:13 nightmare). Now we have Interpol, Editors, The horror, bat for lashes and xx… Time to say goodbye Robert…

  12. andreas  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2010 0

    rob wrote: “… were you at the 4 Tour? …”
    yes i’ve been. Have you been to the Dream Tour? The 2002 Festival Tour + Trilogy? The Swing Tour? Other tours before? Sorry but the 4 Tour was rubish in comparsion to earlier tours. The way they played, the way the sounded it was so boring. They sadly killed some songs for me during that tour.
    I really loved The Cure but talking about their live appearances they got worse and worse each year since 2004 i think.

  13. mirlos  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2010 0

    The Cure stopped doing great things in 1993 when Porl and Boris left the band.. then a lucky amateur was hired to play the drums and The Cure began to decline more and more and more…

  14. ummm  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2010 0

    That is supposed to be Johnny Depp, right? Because all I’m seeing in that picture is a creepy Elijiah Wood. Or at least a version of Elijiah Wood that’s slightly less creepy than normal.

  15. I quite like it actually…OK I’m a longtime fan…but those who claim that only the old records matter should really have a go at the eponymous LP the Cure. I did so a few days ago and it really is a great album. ( whoever thinks Cooper is an amateur should listen to that record..) stop the useless nostalgia, it’s not the music that has become dull. maybe you have grown old ?

    • Rob S.  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2010 0

      It’s not like I hate new Cure. But they haven’t done anything very noteworthy throughout the last decade. They released some great singles (“End of the World,” “The Only One”) but the albums have generally sucked. It didn’t help that just about every other new post-punk revival band borrowed heavily from Smith’s sound and ended up writing better Cure songs than even he could at that point.

  16. ROB  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2010 0

    iT’S TERRIBLE….AWFUL….ROBERT IS MAKING A FOOL OF HIMSELF…HE HAS TO RETIRE.

    SO SAD TO FINISH YOUR CAREER THIS WAY.

  17. I thought 4:13 was solid. Production was wonky (compression?); certainly it was a return to decent form after that disheartening self-titled. Same old same, but they need a good producer again and a drummer with some dynamics.

    As for this, I really don’t mind it save for Robert’s over-singing. Bloodflowers voice Bobert!

  18. They have released some good songs after Wish (“This Is a Lie”, “The Loudest Sound”, “Lost”, “Taking Off”, “Underneath the Stars” and a few others), they just haven’t released a good album. And I also was at their 4 Tour, and I found it to be quite boring, and having Roger O’Donnell (ex-keyboardist) leave sure didn’t help (I’ve never heard such a poor version of “The Walk”). You cant say I’m not a fan just because I think their last 4 albums are below average.

  19. Brandon  |   Posted on Feb 19th, 2010 0

    No one’s opinion ever means much, so why say anything. Anyway, whether solo or with The Cure, Robert Smith is a talented artist. All The Cure albums are just as good as the previous. May be that’s just coming from a fan who has been listening to them for over 20 years. I can’t wait to hear ‘Very good advice’ and look forward to seeing ‘Almost Alice’.

  20. scarywindow  |   Posted on Feb 19th, 2010 0

    i think Robert did a pretty good job with this song. I only wish he would have followed up on his solo album promises… Anyone remember ‘Ariel’?…. ‘Disintegration’ was even meant to be a solo record at the initial stages… That man has talent. Great talent.

    He STILL has it in him… (‘Underneath the Stars’, anyone?)…

    He just needs to regain his confidence. He still has much more beauty in himself left to give us… I know it.

  21. Mxyzptlk  |   Posted on Feb 20th, 2010 0

    Why even bother to see The Cure live now anyway? Does anybody remember the company Memorex? You know, “Is it live or is it The Cure.” (grins)

  22. Daniel  |   Posted on Feb 21st, 2010 0

    I agree, THEY still rock it ! !

  23. Dan  |   Posted on Feb 21st, 2010 0

    I have been a fan of THE CURE since 1983. I believe “THE WALK” had just been released in the USA, and I was living in NYC at the time. My then girlfriend had turned me on to them. I have watched as Mr. Smith’s voice, and music have matured with the changing times. THE CURE are STILL quite progressive. Their “TRILOGY DVD”, is outstanding, and shows the diverse, and ever changing moods of the Band, as a whole. The Cure should remain together, especially since they are STILL cranking out amazing music. I do believe that M. Smith will be doing a Solo Album on his own, funny though, because “HE IS” The Cure !

  24. Helmie   |   Posted on Feb 22nd, 2010 0

    Porl Thompson one of the best guitar players in the world !!! Go on forever !!! I love your music and your paintings !!!!! I’m a fan for life !!!! Helmie from Holland .

  25. Helmie   |   Posted on Feb 22nd, 2010 0

    Porl Thompson one of the best guitar players in the world !!! Go on forever !!! I love your music and your paintings !!!!! I’m a fan for life !!!! Helmie from Holland

  26. Helmie   |   Posted on Feb 22nd, 2010 0

    Porl Thompson one of the best guitar players in the world !!! Go on forever !!! I love your music and your paintings !!!!! I’m a fan for life !!!! Helmie from Holland

  27. This is so amazing!! Robert should be on every Tim Burton soundtrack. Danny Elfman should join The Cure already! I miss Roger’s keyboards and Boris’s drums! I go to every Cure concert on the west coast every tour and always in front. It’s “Never Enough” Cure! I want more!!!

  28. This is mint! Can you download it?

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