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We cover goth heroes the Cure fairly closely, for better or worst. Tunes we’ve heard so far from the band’s forthcoming 13th studio album 4:13 Dream left us curious if a bit underwhelmed. A free gig in Rome’s Piazza San Giovanni over the weekend, broadcast on MTV and promptly uploaded to YouTube, featured the entire album played live. Now we have pro recordings of thirteen new songs to consider.

An unruly moptop and spackled eyeshadow remain Robert Smith’s concessions to nostalgia. As expected, the new material advances the harder rocking, guitar-centric direction of post-millennial Cure. Overall it’s a mixed bag, but even die-hards will find promise in Porl Thompson’s swirling slide on the lovesick “Sirensong” and in angry, prog closer “It’s Over.” Elsewhere, “Sleep When I’m Dead” is a less fun inversion of “Let’s Go To Bed.” For your convenience, we’ve embedded the entire new album performance in order. You might wanna come back on your lunch break. [Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty.]

1. “Underneath the Stars”

2. “The Only One”

3. “The Reasons Why”

4. “Freakshow”

5. “Sirensong”

6. “The Real Snow White”

7. “The Hungry Ghost”

8. “Switch”

9. “The Perfect Boy”

10. “This. Here and Now. With You”

11. “Sleep When I’m Dead”

12. “The Scream”

13. “It’s Over”

For old time’s sake…

“Lovesong”

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Comments (10)
  1. Chris  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2008 0

    “Underneath the Stars” is the best Cure song in the last 15 years. I really think this album is going to be good. It certainly is shaping up to be better than the derivative Cure-lite of Black Kids and such…

    • If you think Underneath the Stars is the best song of The Cure in the last 15 years, you have not heard Bloodflowers. Any song of that record is better than any song from “Wild Mood Swings”, “The Cure” and “4:13 Dream”.

      • hBT  |   Posted on Oct 20th, 2008 0

        Um, I’d wait until 4:13 dream actually COMES OUT before I make a final judgment… ;>_>

        It sounds to me like the boys are coming full circle here. I hear some things reminiscent of earlier works, while at the same time, they’ve evolved into something all together different. I cannot wait for this album!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 4dacure  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2008 0

    the cure sucks. always. robert smith looks so ridiculous. fat clown

  3. Sinval  |   Posted on Oct 20th, 2008 0

    You can say the 80′s band U2 is ridiculous cos they don’t know how to play the guitare but not The Cure cos it’s the best rock band of the world.

  4. vikrob09  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2008 0

    I think Robert looks reallygood at the Rome show. He does not look like a fat clown.
    He is still beautiful and sexy to me!

  5. Tanikure  |   Posted on Nov 11th, 2008 0

    4dacure oh!
    The father Robert, but is not fat is to eat with your money ..

  6. Joel  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2008 0

    There are few things in life worth living for. It’s funny how so many people re-act very aggresively towards the Cure–both good and bad. To me that shows the real mark of an artist. Believe what you want to about the Cure. The fact is you believe something. They are, in our lifetime anyway, one of the most important rock bands in the world. So, it makes me happy–folks that think they are saying something mean or negative are fueling the legacy that is the Cure. I would kill and die for Robert SMith, put that in your measly lame ass pipe and smoke it.

  7. Dianacure  |   Posted on May 16th, 2009 0

    The Cure is my favourite band,and I love them since1985. I will love them until the end of time.Theend

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