On a non-political note, one of the greatest bands in the world releases a new album today

Yay hyperbole! Though sorry about the small image size:

13 Dream

Gave a listen to the Cure‘s 4:13 Dream last night for the first time — as I’ll be writing about it for an upcoming issue of Plan B, I’ll just say that I was pleasantly surprised. Not that I was thinking it would be a bad album, but instead of it being simply okay, say, it was quite stellar — it helped that the singles, which tended to sound all right enough individually (though “Freakshow” is flat-out great), actually worked better heard in the flow of the album itself. Starting and ending on the strong notes of “Underneath the Stars” and “It’s Over” didn’t hurt!

So yeah, snag this here. Meantime the Quietus has got a couple of fun pieces up worth checking out:

John Doran’s negative review (always good to get different opinions, and John’s a Cure fan of long standing)

John creates a Cure mixtape, with explanations

6 Responses to “On a non-political note, one of the greatest bands in the world releases a new album today”

  1. david schwarm Says:

    Ned, I agree with your read on this one & it comes out during Halloween which I think is great.

    However, Did I miss your thoughts on the new Oasis album? Thanks, David S

  2. Ned Raggett Says:

    Still haven’t heard it. And, admittedly, not *totally* in a rush to…

  3. Eve McGivern Says:

    I have to say that “The Scream” is by far the best track on this album (with the obligatory happy-poppy Cure track “The Only One” coming in second). I can’t wait to hear the darker companion album they’ve hinted at!

  4. Ned Raggett Says:

    Yeah, that should be a treat and a half, since the album ends on quite a black note. Talk about a lead-in!

  5. Zen Says:

    I didn’t know you were a Cure fan, too – you may enjoy this:

    http://popwreckoning.com/2008/11/05/under-cover-the-cure-just-like-heaven/

  6. Ned Raggett Says:

    Nice! Some of these I’d not heard of…


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