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The Cure Play It Pure

Van Gosse, Village Voice, The, 21 April 1980

MOTHER OF GOD, another good English band. It's getting so people are scared to go near record shops, for fear of parting with their fillings, wedding rings, whatever. So why should Mr. and Mrs. America bother with the Cure? Being critics' darlings is no great recommendation, and if I were to mention songs about fear, loss, alienation, perception, and even the existential dilemma played over a sparse, tense, droning, minimal blah blah you would probably say, "Aw, heck, jack, we've heard all that before, what a bore, dime a dozen, give us a camp dance band from the boonies, or better yet, let's go to one of them rock discos where they play Supremes all night!".

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