The Cure
Wish


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 16th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


In the mid 80’s The Cure anticipated the 90’s shoegaze scene. At the same time, they also contributed to darkwave by building their style with the dreary world music ideas. Once Disintegration hit, they reached the peak of their popularity, expanding certain aspects of Kiss Me while bringing back the gloom of Faith and Pornography to make their most hypnotic and darkly seductive soundscape of their career. So here we are in the 90’s. Wish is one of those albums that masques a dark interior with a sunny surface. Because of its great replay value, you find yourself reanalyzing the album in a way and you start to wonder how The Cure can mask these emotions as such.

Well, if you’ve heard Japanese Whispers or The Top, you should have already concluded Robert Smith is bipolar, or has a very eclectic snowglobe for a brain. This is one of the few albums were you could appropriately use the metaphor “a rollercoaster of emotions”. This being the first album of The Cure’s that mixes things up as such, there’s bound to be a few less than stellar tracks. The ones that come to mind are Wendy Time, Doing The Unstuck, and Cut. Wendy Time sounds like a funk version of Why Can’t I Be You and doesn’t really flow well at all with the songs it’s between. Doing The Unstuck doesn’t work because of place it’s at. After From The Edge… you get disappointed with Wendy Time, and then you hear Robert Smith singing “Let’s get happy!” and you’re like come on! The only problem with Cut is that it sounds like every other song on the record and doesn’t stand out whatsoever.

Noticeable missteps, as most of these songs are easily recognizable and branch out the classic Cure sound even more. High is a calming, upbeat song with the lower pitched lead sections they like to use, and even though it’s rather positive they manage to do it in such an enjoyably nostalgic way, using Smith’s word play to great effect. Speaking of positive, Friday I’m In Love is an old school sounding pop track and nothing more, albeit one of the best songs on here. Imagine if they wrote Push in the 60’s.

If you’re one of the sad Cure fellows, you too are in luck. Apart, Trust, and To Wish Impossible Things are just as brooding as anything on Disintegration. These songs, while troubled in their own rite, are made so much more personal due to Smith’s lyrics. He has an uncanny ability to throw a set of lyrics from his bag onto a new song the band wrote and have them go together so well. Ever since Seventeen Seconds, he’s been developing his format of telling stories with his lyrics. I put the emphasis of this theme on the songs Apart and From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea. Apart is literally the ultimate break up song, going through the slow motions of the inevitable breakdown of the relationship. Everything about this song was formulated to make you cry. From The Edge… sounds like it was constructed around the lyrics, as the music is pretty repetitive for its eight minutes.

And so we watch the sun come up
From the edge of the deep green sea
And she listens like her head's on fire
Like she wants to believe in me
So I try, "Put your hands in the sky
Surrender, remember,
We'll be here forever and we'll never say goodbye... "

I've never been so colourfully-see-through-head before
I've never been so wonderfully-me-you-want-some-more
And all I want is to keep it like this
You and me alone, secret kiss
And don't go home, don't go away
Don't let this end please stay...
Not just for today...


It goes on for a bit longer in the storyteller fashion, with the almost-shoegazey atmosphere the entire time, which might be why it works so well. To put it simply, there are no surprises throughout the album. This is just another solid Cure record, as they intended, and doesn’t trip up aside from the few mistakes I mentioned earlier. I don’t even have to mention how in tune the band sound with each other because they’ve sounded like this for most of their career. You’ve got your pop Cure, you’ve got your post-punk Cure, you’ve got your storyteller Cure, and you’ve got your gloomy Cure, so there’s literally something for everyone. This is also a great gateway record for people unfamiliar with the band, and a welcome addition to the discography. No fan of music should be disappointed here.



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fireaboveicebelow
December 16th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't believe all The Cure albums haven't been reviewed yet

heyseuss
December 16th 2008


384 Comments


Then do them all, I liked this review anyway. You can do it!

fireaboveicebelow
December 16th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well Japanese Whispers is the only other one, but I'm getting on it soon



thanks by the wayThis Message Edited On 12.16.08

bastard
December 16th 2008


3432 Comments


woah you've been on a reviewing spree broseph.

I might review one more album by the end of the week, and that's not-so-new MF Grimm.

nice job.

Willie
Moderator
December 16th 2008


17611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. I wish all of their albums were similar to Disintigration.

fireaboveicebelow
December 16th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks all, bastard I've been writing nonstop between my finals and I'm thinking that I'll see if I can hit 50 before my break ends in january

bastard
December 16th 2008


3432 Comments


I've got finals now, and I am preparing one for after my finals.

Willie
Moderator
December 16th 2008


17611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good luck with that... you're going to make me go broke with that many damn reviews.

bastard
December 17th 2008


3432 Comments


i think he's pulling a hep kat on us.

heyseuss
December 17th 2008


384 Comments


You kids and your finals. Drop out! Smoke weed! And then make movies.

fireaboveicebelow
December 17th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

actually yeah, I started a screenplay for an adaptation of Death's Design, so one of you should direct it

heyseuss
December 17th 2008


384 Comments


Prolly going to be the most metal movie ever?

kygermo
December 17th 2008


1007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice first paragraph, Stephen Thomas Erlewine

fireaboveicebelow
December 17th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what? oh shit I forgot to edit that hold on



thank you for catching that, I need to start reviewing my stuff before I submit it, just gave myself a heart attack

This Message Edited On 12.16.08

bastard
December 17th 2008


3432 Comments


yeah i pretty much have the same problem as you do.

fireaboveicebelow
December 17th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

would it work if I just put it at the beginning of the conclusion?

fireaboveicebelow
December 17th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

looks better and reads fine, thanks for the tip

PunkItUp
December 17th 2008


207 Comments


old fat guys in eyeliner and heels can still rock!

who knew :confused:This Message Edited On 12.17.08



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