What does it sound like?:
I first saw The Cure at a show at my Student Union in 1978 I think, and I last saw them at Bestival a couple of summers back. Odd to think that Robert Smith, now pushing sixty, still goes for the same look, the scarecrow hair, the smeared lipstick, etc after all those years. This live set showcases two quite different shows from last year, both spanning the band’s four decade career. The first, from Meltdown, saw the band playing one track from each of their albums in chronological order until they reached ‘now’ with the debut of two new songs, then working their way in reverse back to the beginning again. The second gig, from Hyde Park, is a more traditional set, in similar vein to this year’s Glastonbury show. The sound is very much dominated by Simon Gallup’s bass, which is very high in the mix, but is none the worse for that. The band are often associated with a rather dark and gloomy type of music, but there are also plenty of joyous moments such as Friday I’m In Love, Close To Me, Inbetween Days and the like. Overall, I think I prefer the first show, which showcases many less performed songs, but the more casual fan might prefer the Hyde Park set, which tends to stick more to the tried and trusted. Both shows are very impressive in their own way though, with some great visuals too. An essential addition to the collection for fans.Minus a point for not playing Love Cats at either show though!
What does it all *mean*?
Although the band have toured fairly often, there’s been no studio album for over ten years now. However, as rumours of a new album persist, the two new songs featured here bode well for any future release.
Goes well with…
Standing on a beach, staring at the sea.
Might suit people who like…
The Cure’s extensive back catalogue, inventive, quirky, catchy songs.