The Cure is the eponymously-titled twelfth studio album by The Cure released on June 28, 2004 internationally and a day later in the United States. Initial pressings included a bonus DVD "Making 'The Cure'", which featured video footage of The Cure recording the backing tracks and "scratch" (guide) vocals to three of the songs included on the album.
The album is the first Cure release on Robinson's I Am label, with whom they signed a three album deal. To promote the album, the band went on several festivals in Europe and the United States in spring 2004. The band also premiered the song "The End of the World" on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. In the Summer of 2004, the band launched the Curiosa festival, where they performed shows across the United States with other bands that have been inspired by The Cure, including Mogwai, Interpol and Muse. The band then performed in Mexico (Monterrey and Mexico City) and then did some more festivals and TV performances in Europe to end 2004. At the end of the year, all of the main twelve songs on The Cure (including "Going Nowhere") were played live.
The Cure album was co-produced by Ross Robinson, who has produced Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, At the Drive-In and a fair few others. Due mainly to the producer's heavy metal influence, there are songs on this album much heavier than ever before, although the classic Cure sound still shines through. Smith has described it as "Cure heavy", as opposed to "metal heavy." According to the liner notes, the entire album was recorded live in the studio.
On the recent 2008 "4 Tour" the band performed "End of the World", "Us or Them", and "Alt.end" at various shows.
All songs on the album were played at one point or another on the 2004 Curiosa Tour.
According to Robert Smith, the official track listing is the main album plus "Going Nowhere" at the end. Only the North America CD excludes the track. It and "Truth Goodness and Beauty" were never released in North America (except as a video in the DVD).
"A Boy I Never Knew" was first played live on 21 October 2007.
The album was rated as good by: The Guardian, New Musical Express, Kerrang!, Playlouder, Rolling Stone Magazine, Stylus Magazine, Tiny Mix Tapes Pitchfork, E! Online, Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times.
Allmusic.com rated the album as three stars saying "the album is a satisfying listen and there's a certain charm in hearing a Cure that's so comfortable in its own skin, but its the type of record that sits on the shelves of diehard fans, only occasionally making its way on the stereo". Best tracks: "Lost", "Never", "The End of the World".
Blender stated: "They come off more than ever like a caricature." (August 2004, page 104)