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The rather ordinary tracklist shouldn't be a deterrent from getting this recording. Fittingly, there are some slightly off-kilter moments on the CD, mainly in the last half of the songlist. Robert sings "Disintegration" with a slower pace, and with a somewhat more beaten sound than normal. He also tends to hold some words longer than the standard pacing, while keeping others short enough to stay in time with the standard rendition.Overall, it seems more stylized than normal and really rather interesting. "Untitled"includes an opening set of improvised lyrics. The guitar part at times sounds like a kid playing it, which actually adds to it. "10:15" and "Killing an Arab" are slightly trippier than normal with added effects and a tiny bit of synth. Sometimes it sounds like they're for almost a Hendrix effects-laden-tale-of-horrors style.
I would definitely recommend this CD as a decent set of songs with an above average interpretation. It's not life changing but it does have some nuances in it. One thing more to be said is that the sound quality is simply great. It's nice to hear these songs with a real bass prescence as well as your typical amount of mid and high end.
"The Cure Bizarre" is a quite unusual CD, and that for plenty of reasons. As the title suggests, The Cure offer some bizarreversions of their well-known material at the BIZARRE FESTIVAL. Just to mention the fuzzy-sounding bass intro at the begining ofFASCINATION STREET, or just the weird sound of Robert's guitar in some songs, or just the unusual way the way Robert sings sometimes,of just the odd-sounding instruments in some parts of some songs. The CD might be worths buying if you don't have any other recording ofthe August 22nd 1998 show. But if you do, then forget about picking this one up. As I see it, THE CURE BIZARRE is nothing more thanhighlights of the show... If you're looking for a great one with the complete set, go for LIVE '98 KÖLN. The question is, do THE CUREBIZARRE really worths 40$ CAN ??? I doubt it... Nevertheless, the sound quality is irreprochable.
While the sound quality is top notch, it seems to me that the band was having an off night.
First off, Robert forgets the words in Shake Dog Shake, then the version of Just Like heaven is
terrible (in my opinion, and the band does a short version of A Forest. On the positive side,
Sinking is excellent and the 'slowed down' version of Disintergration is really cool. Overall,
not one of the better performances by the band. I think you can tell they only did a handful
of shows in 1998 and weren't as tight and cohesive as they normally are.