The Cure – The Only One

Artist: The Cure
Track: The Only One

This is the first single to be taken from The Cure’s eagerly anticipated thirteenth album. If fans were expecting something radical, they’re bound to be disappointed. However, with a career spanning three decades, Robert Smith is clearly sticking to the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mantra. Essentially this single is just pure Cure: whiny voice over a dominant bass line. Yet it is still ethereally brilliant as Smith’s wistfully contemplates ‘the only one’ he loves with typically faultless lyricism. The Cure are a throw back to the musical era that gave us the likes of Depeche Mode and Joy Division, which is honestly refreshing in the current generic musical climate. This single isn’t earth shattering, it hardly offers a musical revolution, but it certainly encourages a guilty 80s nostalgia that everyone can appreciate.