November 10, 2008 12:00 PM

4:13 Dream

ALT-ROCK

Underneath all the makeup and goth trappings, Robert Smith is one of rock’s most hopeless romantics. On 4:13 Dream, a damn-near-classic Cure album, he continues to explore his almost otherworldly visions of love. “The two of us is all there is/ The rest is just a dream,” Smith sings on this disc’s heart-on-black-sleeve highlight, “The Perfect Boy.” On another standout, he moons about “This. Here and Now. With You.” But on the fierce band jam “Switch,” Smith spits, “I’m sick of being alone with myself/ And I’m sick of being with anyone else.” His misery still makes good company.

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