The holiday shopping season is officially here – for get the annual marker that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, we all know we are all already shopping for that perfect gift – and just in time for the annual rush, veteran rock band The Cure has given their fans their own special gift in the form of the new double live recording 40 Live Curaetion 25 + Anniversary. It’s a bit of a mouthful for a title, but for the band’s most devoted fans, that is beside the point. That is because it gives the noted audiences quite the experience, beginning with the very presentation, which will be addressed shortly. The band’s performance in the featured concerts – yes, concerts – adds its own touch to the whole. The presentation’s production values rounds out its most important elements and will also be examined here. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of 40 Live Curaetion 25 + Anniversary. All things considered, they make this presentation one that The Cure’s most devoted fans will enjoy.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Cure’s latest live recording – its 11th live recording – is another presentation that the band’s most devoted fan base will appreciate. That is due in part to its very presentation. The recording features not one, but two full-length live shows recorded by the band in 2018. The first of the two concerts featured in the new recording is Curaetion – 25: From There To Here | From Here To There. The second performance is Anniversary: 1978 – 2018 Live in Hyde Park. These concerts are not just two run-of-the-mill performances that audiences so often receive in live recordings. The first of the recordings, recorded June 2018 on the final night of the 25th Meltdown Festival – held at London’s Royal Festival Hall – features one song from each of the band’s 13 studio albums and some then new songs. The songs are presented in the same chronological order as their respective albums. This is important to note because in listening through the recording, listeners will note the growth of the band’s sound over the course of its life. The songs start with a very specific early emo/new wave sound that was so familiar during the 1980s, but gradually seem to present a slightly more mainstream rock sound as they progress. Even as that more radio friendly sound becomes more present, the band still maintains the elements that made it a fan favorite early on in its life, ensuring audiences would not be alienated while the band grew in its sound. This is something that, again, those most devoted audiences will appreciate noting. The set’s second concert, recorded July 7, 2018 at one of London’s Royal Parks, runs a total of four hours and features a 29-song set. Just as with the set’s lead concert recording, this concert takes audiences deep into its catalog, featuring songs, such as ‘Plainsong,’ ‘Why Can’t I Be You’ and ’10:15 Saturday Night’ and even the band’s ‘Friday I’m in Love’ among so many others. Simply put, audiences get in these two separate concert recordings, two very in-depth presentations of The Cure’s catalog that will certainly appeal to all of the band’s audiences. This in itself is more than enough reason for audiences to appreciate The Cure’s new live presentation. It is just one part of what makes the presentation so appealing for the noted audiences. The band’s performance of those expansive set lists will appeal just as much to audiences as the set lists themselves.
The performance of The Cure’s members throughout the course of each of the featured recordings proves appealing because it shows that even 40 years in, front man Robert Smith has not lost a bit of his steam and presence. His fellow musicians at the time of the recording added their own touch to the concerts, too. Smith’s presence proves familiar for audiences, with a certain stance and energy that exhibits him as being fully immersed himself in each song. It shows a certain focus, which in turn serves to enhance his performance. The band doesn’t have to do a lot on stage to keep audiences engaged, either. That is because of the attention that each musician shows in his performance to presenting the music as expertly as possible. That focus rubs off on the audiences – and will do the same for home viewers – in turn pulling home viewers into the concerts, ensuring that much more, those audiences’ engagement and entertainment. That engagement and entertainment offered through the band’s focus on its music is heightened even more through the production values of each presentation.
What really stands out most about the production values in each concert is the special effects occasionally incorporated into the performances. There are semi-psychedelic effects such as waves and general visual distortions added at certain points to heighten the impact of the performances. The rest of the time, the audio balance, the shots, their transitions and angles, and the general editing collectively give home viewers the best seat in the house. At times, audiences are taken on stage with the band. At others they are taken into the crowd and even above. The sound is expertly balanced throughout while the speed of the transitions serves to work just as well in time with the songs’ tempos. Keeping in mind the impact of the recordings’ top notch production values, the impact of the band’s minimalist performance in each concert and the sheer expanse of songs featured in the concerts, the recording overall proves to be one of The Cure’s best live recordings to date.
The Cure’s latest live recording 40 Live Curaetion 25 + Anniversary is a work that is certain to appeal to many of the veteran band’s fans. That is proven in part through the extensive set lists featured in the recording’s two separate concerts. The songs give audiences a truly in-depth presentation of the band’s decades-long catalog. The band’s minimalist approach to its performance of said set lists adds to the interest as it actually will engage and immerse audiences that much more into each concert. The concerts’ production values once again give home audiences the best seat in the house, which is not uncommon for Eagle Rock Entertainment’s releases. When this is considered along with the other noted elements, the whole of the recording proves an offering that is an effective dose of music and entertainment for fans of The Cure. More information on this and other releases from The Cure is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
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