Classic Cure titles from the 1980s—"Pornography," "Head on the Door" and "Disintegration"—are strongly influencing a new generation of alt-rock acts.

Classic Cure titles from the 1980s—"Pornography," "Head on the Door" and "Disintegration"—are strongly influencing a new generation of alt-rock acts. Feeding on this fresh enthusiasm, the groundbreaking Goth rock band serves up some of its most appealing material in recent memory. "Taking Off" and "(I Don't Know What's Going) On" hark back to the best tortured-pop moments of 1992's "Wish." Elsewhere, producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) modernizes the signature Cure sound with muscled basslines on "Lost" and "Us or Them." None of this marks a return to glory days for the band. But there are enough winning moments to help build excitement among the newfound fan base and loyalists for this summer's Curiosa festival.—BG