The Cure’s 2018 Hyde Park Concert release: A Triumph in Hi-Res

To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of the Cure in my youth. The goth makeup just wasn’t my thing. Fast forward 30 years or so and I developed a deep connection with the band in part because of how my twin girls immediately fell in love with them while listening on SiriusXM’s First Wave in the car or laughing at my Karaoke version of ‘In Between Days’. To me, their ability to craft songs that are both simple and complex at the same is what I think drew me and my girls in.

The band marked their 40 years together with a July 2018 concert in Hyde Park, London, released as a film and as an album on May 29, 2019. The movie wasn’t in theaters for long and didn’t make much money but I think the album will capture a whole new audience if parents of the 80s rediscover the Cure and introduce this amazing band to their kids.

So as my daughter always tells me “the Cure has the longest intros…” And that was mine.

Now to the review….

Anniversary’s 48kHz/24bit release is crisp and detailed. I am particularly impressed with the way all instruments, voices and even the live audience remain separate but don’t sound overly analytic on this release. The sound stage is a bit narrow but offers enough depth to convincingly recreate the event. Simon Gallup’s base and Jason Cooper’s percussion anchor the guitars without overwhelming.

So grab your kids, apply the eye shadow sparingly and share a bit of your childhood. You may find long car rides are a bit more enjoyable.

This review was based on the Amazon Music HD 48kHz/24bit played though a Bluesound Node 2i.

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