The perfect Cure- all
ROBERT Smith and co were swamped with praise after their two- hour Bestival in Wight performance.
So why not release the set for all the fans who couldn’t be at the epic gig?
It is the gloomy act’s fifth live album but their first since 1993, and none was as comprehensive as this outing.
The common pitfalls with live albums tend to be dodgy sound quality, too much or no interaction between the singer and audience, stock standard ( boring) studio- faithful versions of every song or, obviously, faux crowd noise.
Thankfully, Bestival Live swerves away from these traps.
The set opens with the luscious, goosebump- giving Plainsong from Disintegration. Whoosh! And they are off and running with a slam dunk.
There is a special moment when the intro to the brooding A Forest is first heard whispering in the wind. You can always tell when a crowd favourite is about to kick in – it’s electric.
The Cure, after two decades together, certainly have enough bonafide hits to keep the party humming, even with this doublealbum’s long- running time.
That said, there are a couple of moments when their more recent material ( hit or not) fades under the bright spotlight glare of a genuine classic like Lovecats, Just Like Heaven, Boys Don’t Cry or Friday I’m in Love.
The rare appearance of The Caterpillar, however, will be a welcome surprise for Cure fanatics, having not been played live since 1984.
Bestival Live is a celebration of what The Cure do best – moody and melancholic but also great fun.
As an introduction to their best work, it’s all here. And as a retrospective of where they came from and how they’ve developed and, how each of these elements play off of one another – well, that’s all here too.