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Wild Mood Swings [VINYL]

The Cure Vinyl
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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often ... Read more in Amazon's The Cure Store

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  • Vinyl (3 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Fiction
  • ASIN: B00004WQ62
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,308,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 12 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album is actually one of my favourites from the cure. It has my all time favourite song, mint car on it. It does have a good mix of both upbeat and happy songs (mint car, return) and sad, emotional ones (treasure, jupiter crash). This is the album that really got me obsessed with the cure and I'd suggest it to almost anyone. At least eight of the songs on the album are superb and the rest are good at worst, not a single song that is bad (but the same could be said with any cure album). Buy it!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just My Review..... 22 May 2001
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Format:Audio CD
After the relatively straightforward pop of Wish, the Cure moved back toward stranger, edgier territory with Wild Mood Swings. Actually, that's only part of the truth. As the title suggests, there's a vast array of textures and emotions on Wild Mood Swings, from the woozy mariachi lounge horns of "The 13th" to the perfect pop of "Mint Car" and the monolithic dirge of "Want." In between the extremes, Robert Smith and the Cure -- which now features a radically reworked lineup, with several key players from Wish now missing -- explore some simpler territory, from contemplative acoustic numbers tinged with strings to swooning neo-psychedelia. But what ties it all together is conviction -- Smith sounds more content than he ever has, but he sings with more passion than he has for a number of years. Of course, the Cure haven't significantly changed their sound -- tinny synthesizers and guitar effects that haven't appeared on an album since 1988 are in abundance throughout the record -- but the variety of sounds and strength of performance offers enough surprises to make Wild Mood Swings more than just another Cure record.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Severely underrated! 12 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have all the Cure albums and this one does NOT deserve the bad press it receives. Far from thinking it's their out-and-out worst record I actually think this is one of their better ones! The title says it all - "Wild Mood Swings" - therefore those who expect a cohesive album are in for a shock. Pretty much all styles are given the Cure makeover here and I think that's what puts people off. You can't get into a certain mood and stay there; the album has you bopping, then slitting your wrists and everything inbetween! It's supposed to be like that, hence the title! Besides; The Top, Head On The Door and Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me have more or less followed the same formula. It's not their best album but did anyone seriously expect that several decades into their career?? Just because a band releases an album that isn't their very best it doesn't mean that they should split-up! I prefer this to 'Bloodflowers' and 'The Cure' which came after it, if that's any help.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Zuma
Format:Audio CD
For a couple of years 1989 - 1993, in my teens aged 16 to 19, the Cure were my favourite band. But like many intense teenage infatuations it had a shelf life. It's something I've been contemplating since only recently buying Wild Mood Swings. For me the Cure lost huge momentum when they failed to produce an album for four years after Wish. By the time Wild Mood Swings appeared the Britpop hype had gripped the country with a power not really seen by a music scene since punk. Which meant that Smith, a man well acquainted with mourning the passing of time, was no longer cool or in and Smith was by 1996 closer to 40 than 30.

The Cure no longer with the world at their feet found that their fanbase had grown up particularly I would guess their 80s fans and even younger fans like me, who came late to the band at their zenith in 1989, had moved on to discover other artists and eras past and present. Perhaps they could have maintained their fans pouring in by the truck load between Disintergration and Wish and the ensuing world tours better?

But post Wish The Cure didn't really do anything to cultivate their fans or their career. Admittedly with websites, enewsletters and fansites that is much easier now but the point is that Wild Mood Swings is a very fine album that somehow got lost. No doubt it sold fairly well but The Cure could have done so much more in the 1990s instead they let their career slide.

In a way they almost lost interest in themselves which is quite something if you consider how their only real contemporaries - U2 and REM - boomed through the same decade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the doom merchants put you off! 30 Sep 2010
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Before buying this album i read quite a lot of negative reviews on these pages and found the album often derided in other cure album reviews like " its not their best but its not as bad as wild mood swings" etc. Well, i went ahead and bought the album and whilst it may not be the best album by the cure it is definetly a very fine album indeed. The thing is cure fans are one of three types-they either prefer the dark side like Pornography and Disintegration, they like the lighter side like Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and Head on the Door or they like a bit of both, like me. Well WMS is definetly the popier side of the cure and all the more interesting for it. The cure have always been great at doing good pop songs from boys don't cry, the caterpillar, close to me and so on. WMS is very varied and i think that puts the disintegration fans off as it is a bit all over the place but for me its far more interesting a listen. Importantly though it has some brilliant songs and really just a couple of ok songs-tracks like The 13th and Mint Car which were singles of course are fab and Jupiter Crash, Round and Round and Round and the lovely Treasure are some of the cure's best work. Now i know i'm speaking out of turn here but being of a certain age i lost interest in the darker side of the cure sometime after Pornography and so whilst i can appreciate Disintegration, in my opinion song for song it is far from their best album. Lyrically its good and probably its the weakest side of WMS but i can live with that. So if you enjoy the pop genius of Mr Smith and co please don't be put off this album because it deserves much higher praise than it gets on here-buy it and you will be pleasantly surprised.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rotten and Boring
It had to happen. With this album Robert Smith's seemingly eternal muse just quivered, coughed out it's lungs and died.

Oh, it's dull. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2008 by Vitamino
3.0 out of 5 stars The Cure's problematic 1990s album.
Wild Mood Swings remains one of the Cure's poorest albums- Smith was stretched by chemicals & extra-curricular activities on 1984's The Top & debut 3 Imaginary Boys has some patchy... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2003 by Jason Parkes
3.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10 for trying, but you're trying TOO hard !!!!!
This album appears as a quite obvious attempt by The Cure to almost make a compilation album made entirely of new songs (if you follow my meaning..?). Read more
Published on 1 July 2002 by crazeetaxi
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a low.
This album is a bit of a mess. While there are a couple of classic Cure moments, "Want" and the last few songs stand out, the main impression that you get is of a band... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2002 by David Cook
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars? I dont think so!
"Wild Mood Swings", although it has some fine moments, is The Cure completely watered down. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Bare Faced Cheek
If you're a Cure fan or not (just a lover of great songs), then you should buy this album for the staggering closing track, "Bare". It alone is worthy of the money. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album by a band in decline
Lyrically and vocally Wild Mood Swings is truly a great Cure album. The variety of musical styles is something not heard on any other album in their catalogue and Mr Smith's... Read more
Published on 9 Dec 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange attraction!
This is a great name for an album from the Cure, which sums upthere direction. This album is different though they use a big brass section in a few songs, which they have not done... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 1999
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