Greatest hits 'cure' fans
of rock music ailments
By Laura Streich
Daily Cougar Staff
Many fans will be tempted to pass up The
Cure's latest CD because all but two songs have already been compiled into
the band's singles collections.
Yet Greatest Hits offers much more than
Staring at the Sea (1986) and Galore (1997).
Those who own the other albums might be
tempted to download the two new songs, "Just Say Yes" and "Cut Here" (the
single), instead of
purchasing the entire album. But while
the more than 20-year-old band may have fallen short of new songs, it gives
generously on new features.
Think of it as an upgraded edition of
the earlier singles compilations.
Every version of this new effort offers
new spins on The Cure's most recognizable songs. The single has a CD-ROM
video with additional
The initial pressing of the entire album
includes a second disc with newly recorded acoustic versions of all 18
songs on the first disc. Fans'
beloved Boris Williams (arguably the best
drummer the band ever had) guests on percussion on Acoustic Hits. Only
early buyers will get this
second, limited-edition disc.
They are releasing a DVD to counter the
inevitable disappointment of having the same old videos. Its highlight
(to those who already have the
other videos) is a half-hour film of The
Cure playing six of the Acoustic Hits songs.
In addition to a handful of other hidden
extras and the two new videos, fans will enjoy famous videos like "Close
to Me" and "Lullaby" (a past
winner of MTV's Best Music Video award).
Fans can go to www.thecure.com/news.html
and follow the links to download the new video or order copies of the album
All in all, the songs are top-shelf as
always, and the extra bonuses alone easily make this a five-star project.
Tease your hair and wear black
eyeliner to celebrate.
For newer fans, I'd recommend the following
CDs: The Head on The Door (1985), Disintegration (1989), Wish (1992). For
the older fans, try
Faith (1981), Entreat (1989) and Paris
**** (out of five stars)