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updated 12/02/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/02/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Cure

The personnel roster for the Cure seems to change with each album, but the band's output is consistently engaging. This British group is still built around singer/composer Robert Smith. As always, Smith's lyrics issue from a tortured emotional state. "The secrets I hide/Twist me inside/They make me weaker/So I trick myself/Like everybody else/I crouch in fear and wait/I'll never feel again." The anxiety is couched in music that is disaffected and alienated, yet modern and moving. On this record, the Cure takes a more exotic and varied melodic approach. From the raw The Baby Screams to the Sgt. Pepperish pop of Six Different Ways and In Between Days, the songs are varied. While Smith's outlook on life tends to be excessively self-involved, it is honest and without artifice. The music he makes is imaginative and striking. (Elektra)

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