The Cure

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Dark, brooding tunes for older teens.

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Positive Messages

A few violent images.


"F--k" makes a couple of appearances.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Cure offers no surprises on their new self-titled album. The enduring British goth idols slam through 11 new tunes with self-indulgent angst and a bloody head or two -- nothing shocking to older fans of the band. Except for an occasional "f--k," the lyrics are no cause for concern.

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Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008


I am glad to hear this album. It was much better then much of their newer albums. Now that the Cure are a great band again, maybe the Pixies will regroup and ma... Continue reading
Adult Written bywhovian85 April 9, 2008

can't really do any wrong can they?

I know it's kinda obvious but the Cure is one of the greatest bands to come out of the 80's and this a one of they're darker, more guitar heavy a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bysockeye-salmon April 9, 2008

This is the music I like the name. The lead singer in this band is very talented, and the music is good (I have heard better though). People get this idea from the cover that it... Continue reading

What's the story?

Formed more than 20 years ago, The Cure has become iconic goth idols to more than one generation of music fans. On THE CURE, their 13th studio album, you'll find song after song filled with the kind of self-absorbed angst that teenagers adore and their parents try to ignore. You'll also find a surprising number of love songs, just a bit of poetically violent imagery, one popular swear word ("f--k"), and truck loads of moody posturing. Though the lyrics are not brilliant ("I can't find myself/I can't find myself/I can't find myself/I can't find myself/In the head of this stranger in love," begins the first song) and the musicianship feels somewhat predictable, the whole offers more than the sum of its parts.

Is it any good?

This is the first time that The Cure has ever recorded with a producer, and Ross Robinson brought some new ideas and techniques to the project that give this album an intense and passionate sound. For teens interested in dark, guitar-fueled, emotional songwriting, and for parents nostalgic for the 1980s, you could do a whole lot worse.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the poetic lyrics of the band. What do deep lyrics add to a song? How are strong lyrics able to stand on their own without even needing a melody? Families can also ask their kids why they think The Cure has had such staying power over the years.

Music details

  • Artist: The Cure
  • Release date: July 16, 2004
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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