The Cure’s Roger O’Donnell has been discussing the eagerly anticipated new album, describing it as “sad” and “emotional”.
The follow up to 2008’s 4:13 Dream, which was previously described by frontman Smith as “so dark” and “incredibly intense”, has been in the works for a number of months as the band add the finishing touchers to the record.
“Four years ago, I said to Robert, ‘We have to make one more record,” O’Donnell said in an interview with Classic Pop magazine. “It has to be the most intense, saddest, most dramatic and most emotional record we’ve ever made, and then we can just walk away from it.’ He agreed. Listening to the demos, it is that record. I think everybody will be happy with it.”
He added: “The problem is, it’s 12 years since the last album so it becomes precious. When you’ve got a back catalogue like The Cure, it’s a lot to live up to. Robert has said, ‘if The Cure say any more, it had better be important and it had better be fucking good’.
“It is, it’s going to be an amazing record. I just suggest a little patience.”
Speaking at the 2020 NME Awards, Smith confirmed that new record is arriving in 2020: “The first one will definitely be out soon, we’re wrapping it up now and it’s going to be mixed. But until it’s completed, no one will believe me. I look forward to it coming out more than anyone else, trust me!” Smith told NME.
He added: “I’m too old to commit to idiot things like that, wait and see,” somewhat illusively.
Previously speaking about the album in more detail, Smith said: “The lyrics I’ve been writing for this album, for me personally, are more true. They’re more honest. That’s probably why the album itself is a little bit more doom and gloom.”
The frontman continued: “I feel I want to do something that expresses the darker side of what I’ve experienced over the last few years – but in a way that will engage people. Some of the albums like ‘Pornography’ and ‘Disintegration’ are kind of relentless. I levelled ‘Disintegration’ with some songs like ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Lovesong’, but I think this one is more like ‘Pornography’ because it hasn’t got any of those songs that lighten the mood at all.”