Music Article

Albums: Dec. 16, 2011

Review of the latest releases from The Cure, Nero, and more

The Cure, Bestival Live 2011
On their fifth live album, the back-combed gods of '80s alt wisely favor beloved classics, reaching as far back as ''Killing an Arab'' (recast for these sensitive times as ''Killing Another''). All 32 tracks are performed with the band's signature gloomy/giddy passion. Listen with your lipstick smeared. A-Missy Schwartz

Nero, Welcome Reality
Already a sensation in their native U.K., the London dubstep duo now attempt to put the bass in your American face. Beneath the blistering beats, though, Reality reveals some serious electro-pop sparkle — see their zippy take on the Jets' 1985 mall-pop trifle ''Crush on You.'' BMikael Wood

Various Artists, Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to the Smiths
Morrissey and his (charming) men get the sweet-and-tender treatment from alt-pop types, including Sixpence None the Richer and Mandy Moore pal Mike Viola, who classes up ''How Soon Is Now?'' with movie-score strings. BMW

Originally posted Dec 09, 2011 Published in issue #1185 Dec 16, 2011 Order article reprints