The Cure's new album is a ''sore point.''

Frontman Robert Smith has revealed he is unsure about their upcoming record '4:14 Scream', the band's first LP in six years and follow-up to 2008's '4:13 Dream', and claims he is barely ''convinced'' that it is worthwhile releasing it.

He told radio station XFM: ''[This is] the second half of what is an effectively an album that came out in 2008.''

The record features Robert, along with bassist Simon Gallup, drummer Jason Cooper and guitarist Porl Thompson, who no longer plays with the band and has been replaced by Reeves Gabrels, along with keyboardist Roger O'Donnell, who joined them at the recent Royal Albert Hall gig in London.

Robert, 54, continued: ''[4:14 Scream] is a bit of a sore point, really, to be honest, amongst this current line-up.

''We're in a weird predicament in that ... [it] was made by a band that no longer exists.''

Initially, both parts of the record were meant to be two halves of a double album and Robert previously said he should have ''stuck to his guns'' but was influenced by ''f***ing idiots around me at the time.''

He revealed the new album was only completed 18 months ago, explaining: ''I just never sang it because I couldn't be bothered. I just didn't think the words were good enough.''

The 'Friday I'm In Love' hitmaker has since rewritten those lyrics and the band will ''probably'' release the record this year - ''in that summer 'dead air' period for albums''.

Meanwhile, the new line-up do plan to record their own new album and insist it will be something ''that's really different to anything else we've done''.

He added: ''I'm very bad at planning long term. I'm at an age where I'm enjoying what I'm doing ... [and] I don't feel such a strong urge to beat people over the head with new stuff.''