It's ironic that the Cure, a band whose albums have always seemed like definitive artistic statements, were at their best as a singles band. On the group's singles, Robert Smith's ideas reached their full potential, since they captured not only the group's off-kilter pop sense, but also the haunting melancholy and wacky humor that interlaced Smith's songs. Galore rounds up the singles from the second part of the Cure's career, beginning with "Why Can't I Be You?" from 1987's Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and ending with "Gone!" from 1996's Wild Mood Swings. Between those two are 15 more songs, nearly every one of which is a gem. The Cure were never a repetitive singles band, and there's a dizzying array of styles here, from infectious jangle pop ("Friday I'm in Love," "Mint Car") and monolithic, chilly goth rock ("Fascination Street," "Pictures of You," "Just Like Heaven") to jaunty, clever dance-club pop (the remix of "Close to Me"), eerie crawls ("Lullaby"), neo-mariachi madness ("The 13th"), and even love songs ("Catch," "Lovesong"). There are a couple of missteps along the way -- the pounding dance and pseudo-rap of "Hot Hot Hot!!!" sounds dated, as does the ill-conceived Madchester diversion "Never Enough" -- but Galore emphatically confirms the Cure's status as one of the best and most adventurous alternative bands of the '80s. And the new song, "Wrong Number," is pretty good, too.
Performance CreditsCure Primary Artist
Technical CreditsCure Producer
Steve Lyon Producer
Bob Clearmountain Remixing
Ron Saint Germain Remixing
François Kevorkian Remixing
Chris Parry Remixing
Robert Smith Producer,Remixing
Laurence Tolhurst Composer
Boris Williams Composer
Mark Saunders Producer,Remixing
Roger O'Donnell Composer
Dave Allen Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Galore: The Singles 1987-1997 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
One of the greatest bands of all time has finally released a greatest hits album. This cd is has all the group's singles from 87 to 97. It has songs from ''kiss me kiss me kiss me,'' ''disintegration'' mixed up,'' ''wish,'' ''wild mood swings.'' If you want a cd to put in your collection of greatest hits, this is a must have. Robert Smith has compiled a set of ditties that will blow your mind away. As an avid Cure lover, I would recommend this cd to everyone. Dance songs, love songs, and pop songs are all captured here. Even if you don't even know who the Cure is, this is a cd that will make others think that you know where the happening music from the eighties came from. Every song is a jewel captured on one cd.
The Cure is an ever-changing band. Since 1978 their sound has evolved and it is very evident on this album. It is a collection of the most radio ready Cure but it gives the listener an oppurtunity to hear the evolution. From ''Catch'' to ''Wrong Number'', this is a magical tour through the changing times and a band that has never asked to have the fame a three chord band of the eightites, nineties and today have. It is good and in the words of Robert Smith, the front man and really 'the band member', ''it's the definitive version''.