Single Review: The Cure – “Cut Here”

“Cut Here” was one of new songs on The Cure’s Greatest Hits album that was released in 2001. This was released as the leaf-off single for the album.

The first track on this single is the album version, which is a song about regret, and wishing you had tried to spend more time with someone before they leave your life. I really like the melancholy vibe on this one, and this is a song I can personally relate to due to an event that happened in my own lie back when I was a teenager.

“Signal to Noise,” the second track on the single, is an exclusive B-side. The arrangement to this song is very simple, and is reminiscent of “Cut Here.” In the song, the speaker wonders if the person they are talking to truly knows them or if they ever did; the lyrics have an underlying tone of doubt. The song opens and closes with “staticy” sound and feedback, which contrasts with the otherwise simple arrangement.

The last track is “Cut Here [Missing Remix],” which features an a capella intro, some whispered lines, echoes on the vocals, and a slower and more laid back arrangement. The mix itself isn’t bad, but the last two minutes of the mix are redundant; the mix would have been stronger if it had been a little shorter.

This single is an enhanced disc, and includes the video, which was directed by Richard Anthony, in both full screen and small screen. The video is rather simple, and is also available on the Greatest Hits DVD. There is also an album link, which takes you to a section advertising the Greatest Hits album; it includes four 30 second clips from the two discs of the limited edition version: “The Lovecats,” “Pictures of You,” “Why Can’t I Be You? [Acoustic],” and “Friday I’m In Love [Acoustic].” Lyrics to “Cut Here” are also available; the lyrics appear on the screen as the song plays, and each line is highlighted as it is sung.

The “Cut Here” single should be added to a Cure fan’s collection for the B-side and the remix. It’s also a good addition to a Cure fan’s collection if they want the song “Cut Here” but aren’t interested in purchasing the Greatest Hits album.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of the “Cut Here” single that my husband and I purchased.

(written by Lesley Aeschliman on January 13, 2003)


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