Robert's collaboration with The Japanese Popstars is available to download at iTunes Japan. For the rest of us, get a preview here.
Update: Also available from Amazon Japan and Listen Japan (with a preview of the first 45 seconds).
Update 2: Found this on a Spanish website. Robert plays a bit of six-string bass on the track: "The result is Take Forever, who with its guitar, its bass and a faint air of melancholy is a quantum leap from We Just Are. It's the sound of The Cure if they were born in 2006, but almost never recorded. "We sent an email to Robert (Smith) and we had no response in six months, " says Decky. "Then by chance received an email saying that our mail had gone to the spam folder." For several weeks, with emails and MP3s going from here to there and with about 38 different ideas, including a six string bass that Robert had done, the letters took shape and theme."
The album, 'Controlling Your Allegiance', is due out on June 13th in the UK, and you can read a bit more about Robert's involvement here.
Friday, March 18, 2011
'Take Forever' available now
Posted by Craig at 10:35 AM
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Robert's vocals here embody all the hallmarks of his terrible singing style since "Wish" -- the way he drags his voice and tries too hard to sound like a bad ass. It's horrible. No opinion on the music, though.ReplyDelete
I really hope he doesn't sing like this on the next album because I've had more than enough. Relax your voice, Robert!
I meant since AFTER "Wish". On "Wild Mood Swings", it was interesting, but it's gotten progressively worse in the new millennium. "The Real Snow White" was ruined by these kinds of vocals.ReplyDelete
I want to hear the whole thing!ReplyDelete
I managed to purchase it from itunes japan.ReplyDelete
Robert: How can I do that from the US? Thanks!ReplyDelete
Or the UK?ReplyDelete
You just need to buy a Japanese iTunes gift card to set up an account. You can buy one from jbox.com and they will email you the code so there's no shipping time. You can use any Japanese physical address to set up the account.ReplyDelete
Fair warning, a lot of stuff in the Japanese store still has DRM, though not this album, apparently.ReplyDelete
Thank you, BH. Looks like the cheapest card there is $32.50 and not in stock. More than I want to spend for a single track (don't think I'd find anything else I'd really want there), but thanks for the help.ReplyDelete
I've just downloaded it from Amazon Japan and am listening to it right now. Yeah, I kinda agree to what muldfel said. I rather prefer his much softer voice, not this kind. I'm enjoying the song, though.ReplyDelete
BTW, the huge earthquakes didn't affect the Metro Tokyo area where I live much although we still have small aftershocks and a 3-hour planned blackout everyday.
@Junko - I am so pleased to hear that you are safe and well. Much love to you and to Japan.ReplyDelete
Thank you, altre2elise. Please keep on praying for people in the northeastern part of Japan.ReplyDelete
All mp3 available at Amazon Japan are DRM free. Don't know about other stores.
Same here, Junko. So glad to know that you are safe and that things aren't too bad in Tokyo. Wishing nothing but the best for all of the great people in Japan.ReplyDelete
Junko is there anyway you could gift me the song and I pay you the money?ReplyDelete
I am glad to hear you are okay. I hope everyone is safe and well!
Good idea, Aaron. Junko, do you have Paypal? Maybe we can send you the money, and you can buy copies for us, or donate the money to the relief fund? Just an idea.ReplyDelete
This offer also goes out to Robert Rice and BH, as well. : )ReplyDelete
Nice to know another Cure fan agrees with me, Junko! I'm glad you're fine.ReplyDelete
I wish Japan the best. Its people have shown amazing resilience and calm.
@Craig - Thank you for your message. My family and I are doing fine although we are a bit tired of too many aftershocks.ReplyDelete
Yes, I can send you the song but I think I don't want to keep that money. I rather want it to be donated to people suffering from the massive earthquakes and tsunami. I just don't know how to do it with Paypal. (Yes, I have Paypal account.)
+ Infinity to what muldfeld said (first comment). That was exactly what came to my mind when I listened to it, although I would say this is the worst example of it so far. I would go so far as to call it unlistenable due to the vocals, but that's just me. Hard to imagine I'd ever be saying that about one of my heroes, though...ReplyDelete
Musically, this actually sounds really good. Is that a little bit of six-string bass I hear before the vocals start (and the track tanks)?
His voice is made worse by those horrible effects.ReplyDelete
@Junko - Well maybe some charities will accept paypal donations online if we all send it to the same account?ReplyDelete
Gary: Wow, is it really that bad?ReplyDelete
Yes, a bit of the six-string in there. Here's a bit I found on a Spanish website:
"The result is Take Forever, who with its guitar, its bass and a faint air of melancholy is a quantum leap from We Just Are. It's the sound of The Cure if they were born in 2006, but almost never recorded. "We sent an email to Robert (Smith) and we had no response in six months, " says Decky. "Then by chance received an email saying that our mail had gone to the spam folder." For several weeks, with emails and MP3s going from here to there and with about 38 different ideas, including a six string bass that Robert had done, the letters took shape and theme."
Junko: Are you still okay? Read about a 6.1 quake in Tokyo last night, in Ibaraki prefecture. Please stay safe! If things are bad for you, then please just ignore the rest of this message, and take care of yourself, your friends, and your family.ReplyDelete
I was thinking I would send you the money via Paypal, and you could then use it to buy the track from Amazon for me, and then give the rest to a local charity or relief agency. If you can't do that, I could send you the money for the track via Paypal and then I could donate directly to a charity, like the Red Cross or whichever you think is best.
Have to strongly disagree with you guys on this one. I love this track! Sure, the effects used on some of Robert's vocals are a bit annoying, but it isn't used on the entire track. And the music is fantastic!ReplyDelete
I know I'm in the minority, but I think Robert is on a real roll with all of his latest collaborations. And this is from someone who has savagely criticized some of his previous ones, so it's not like I'm some fanboy who loves everything he does. Far from it. But I've loved most of the latest stuff he's done, including this one.
Having said all of that, enough with the collaborations. New Cure now! Please? : )
I agree with Craig, even if you just send your copy of the song I will gladly donate the money for the song and a bit more to the Red Cross or some similar charity.ReplyDelete
I do hope all is well for all people we know over there.
@Craig - Thank you for your concern. Yes, I'm OK. I've got used to those earthquakes now. :pReplyDelete
I've just sent you email so please kindly check it.
Junko: So glad that you are okay. Can't imagine getting used to the earth shaking like that, but happy that it doesn't bother you too much. : )ReplyDelete
And thank you! I will email you very soon.
i'm actually really surprised at home much i like the sound of the snippet that ive heard. I do not like any of the collaberations he's done previously...but this one does actually sound like it could be The Cure.....I wouldn't mind a few tracks like this on any future albumReplyDelete
to junko, im interested in send the money of track please contacted me:firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Where can I send the funds to help the relief effort and purchase the song? Can we set up a link?ReplyDelete
I also agree with Craig.....I like what Robert is doing as well.ReplyDelete
sorry i'm late in joining the conversation -ReplyDelete
i don't love it. i don't even really like it to be honest. don't really like the voice/the song itself isn't really appealing to me/just not my thing, i guess.
that said, i HAVE enjoyed several past collaborations. just not this one in particular.ReplyDelete
I agree that Robert's strained singing is too much. PERFECT BLUE SKY/JunkieXL was a real treat b/c it was the Robert I remembered...ReplyDelete
i likes the singing alot ..but the song itself -the music..its pants.. worst robert track ive heard since ..'truth is'ReplyDelete
Kind of off topic, but re: the Japanese iTunes gift cards... does anyone know if that same method would work for the UK iTunes store?ReplyDelete
Junko if I paypal you the money would it be possible for you to purchase the track for me also?ReplyDelete
Where can I send the funds to help the relief effort and purchase the song? Can we set up a link?
March 19, 2011 3:43 PM
I'm really sorry to tell everyone that I can't buy another Take Forever mp3 from Amazon Japan anymore.ReplyDelete
Amazon Japan has just explained me that we are allowed to purchase a tarck or an album in mp3 only once and the second order of the same track/album will be automatically cancelled. I could buy extra one only because I got the first one - which is mine - with the free download coupon and didn't pay for it.
I really didn't know Amazon had such a tricky system... :(
New Cure music, please. :)ReplyDelete
I would like to purchase the song from someone and donate. Anyone interested?ReplyDelete
You can purchase this through a Japanese Proxy and go to Amazon.jp sign up and buy it. That's what I did :)ReplyDelete
Can not get it to work..my email is email@example.com. I really would like this song. ThanksReplyDelete