Sound — 10
This is the second singles collection released by The Cure that also has a partnering DVD. The late 80s Cure is probably the best stage of the band. This is a compilation of all of the singles in the decade mentioned in order from oldest to newest. Coincidentally, they are in a good order for what you might call a greatest hits record. The 18th song on the album is not a single but just an added bonus song called wrong number and it is pretty good too. The bands' combinations of clean guitar sounds, keyboards and Robert's voice make the album an excrutiatingly ear-pleasant experience.
Lyrics — 10
The Cure has always had a great singer in Robert Smith and since it is a goth band he works in all of the lyrics are primarily romanticized in such a fashion that you could call the album a soundtrack to your love-life. If that does not spark your fancy then just listen to what is being said and enjoy the music. Robert Smith has a great voice; one unmatchable by any other artist to this day.
Overall Impression — 10
After listening to a decade of Cure, the best part of the music, incidentally is the drumming. Why? The drummer, sorry I forgot his name, has great drum tone on his snare and cymbals. They almost sound like hard rock drums being used in a pop setting which makes for a cool effect. There is no reason anyone wouldn't buy this CD if they were interested in The Cure. That is how I got started on the band. The best songs are, Just Like Heaven, Friday I'm In Love, Love Song, Picture of You, and then probably Mint Car. You should definately pick this album up if you haven't already. A Brit-Pop Essential!