I used to think that was really lame how Morrissey would say that the Cure is crap. I guess I still do because it's a generalization but I see where he's coming from. Lately I've realized that I dislike a lot more than I like. The Cure are capable of creating exciting and classic songs but not nearly as often as Morrissey/Smiths, U2, Depeche Mode, etc.
A fully developed song just isn't there, all too often. Now they have made some excellent (and classic) pop songs and just as many more of the darker songs but they still haven't created a classic album. Even Disintegration has too many weak spots. Most Cure fans can't even see this because they are so blinded with what they do love and they have learned to compromise.
The early years are filled with sparse and boring junk. And albums like Faith and Pornography are suppose to have the values of deep, dark, and "gothic" and maybe somewhat so, but please; I'll take joy Division over that stuff any day. Head On the Door is very solid, it's very good, ...but who wants to come back to it? There's just something lacking. Kiss Me x3 is also good but aside from a few songs, it's also something not worth coming back to. To tell the truth, PERSONALLY, Kiss Me x3 makes me wanna barf. Disintegration was a very good effort but as I said, there are too many weak spots that could have used more development. Wish was a nice follow-up but doesn't past the test...a few underdeveloped songs and then there's Wendy Time and Unstuck, UGH! Wild Mood Swings was horrible every song makes me cringe except the 13th (which is actually excellent).
So with the new album Bloodflowers we get a ton of the underdeveloped songs - no surprise really. Or maybe the underdeveloped songs just aren't good enough in the first place to get any better. Some very nice pieces though. Especially the opening song.
Anyhow, I think the Cure are mostly a waste of time. All one needs (and a you do NEED some) in my opinion is: a few of their early singles, MANY of their later singles, a few of the album tracks from Disintegration, a few of the darker album tracks off Wish, and about the first half of the live album Paris is incredible - a few of the songs are actually some of their older stuff but they managed to give the songs fascinating life in concert (definately worth it! the whole album is actually a good live album. avoid it's sister album "Show" though), and then a few tracks off Bloodflowers. Also, Burn from the Crow soundtrack. All of this is just my opinion. There is some very good stuff to find (and very worth finding) but out of 11 albums, the good stuff could probably only take up two discs.