The studio pairing of nu-metal guru Ross Robinson (KoRn, Sepultura, Limpbizkit) and Robert Smith could easily have gone horribly wrong, but - surprise - the Cure's self-titled return turns out to be their best work in years. Be forewarned. There's no happy-snappy Love Cats-type chart fodder here. This is a bitingly bleak and twisted set in which the self-doubting Smith takes up where Faith left off and goes darker still. Robinson's raw production turns stinging guitar lines into corrosive sheets of distortion over the insistent clank of an ancient drum machine while an unhinged Smith tries to scream his way out of the nightmarish free fall. Now, that's the Cure we know and love.
The Cure's Curiosa fest hits the Molson Amphitheatre August 9.