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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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  • Audio CD (21 April 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HAJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Open
2. High
3. Apart
4. From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
5. Wendy Time
6. Doing The Unstuck
7. Friday I'm In Love
8. Trust
9. A Letter To Elise
10. Cut
11. To Wish Impossible Things
12. End

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By crazeetaxi on 1 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wish was released in 1992 at a time when the British post-Madchester "shoegazing" guitar-driven music scene was enjoying great success and the grunge movement from America was also nearing it's height.
It's often said that most American guitar bands would be a lot better if they were actually British, and this album manages to capture the feel of both of the above scenes, while retaining it's own very English, very Cure feel, which of course only The Cure can do !!
The album opens up with Open. Ha ! Ha ! and guess what ? It ends with End !!! Such joviality from such a serious band !
Being serious, Open kicks off with a bass guitar intro that Peter Hook (New Order) would sell his grandmother for, then thumping drums come crashing in, finally the bass intro drops down to deeper booming notes, the lead guitar kicks in - and we're away !!! This song sets the scene for what remains the bands heaviest, almost purely guitar-driven album. The song is basically about getting extremely drunk, thankfully because it's The Cure this is handled in an extremely intelligent way (i.e. he's NOT singing "tequila, it makes me happy" like some other crappy band whose name I have forgotten did...). If you've ever got so drunk you fell over and puked then you'll identify with this and no doubt have a bit of a wry smile while listening to it.
Next up is a jangly pop tune called High which was a chart success and sees The Cure's patented 6-string-bass-as-a-lead-guitar sound make it's debut on this particular album.
Apart slows things down a little and features some very nice guitar sounds (the doors of the recording room were opened and the amplifiers were miked from outside, giving a very "spacey" sound).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annis on 30 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of the Cure for about a year, and on discovering that my friend had a copy of 'Wish', I hijacked it.
I got through 'Open' (one of the louder songs, with Robert sounding positively deranged at points), 'High' (which, in my opinion, shouldn't have gone on the greatest hits: it's not one of their best, just the poppiest on the album) and 'Apart' (slowed down and quite depressive, but very good) liking all the songs but being fairly indifferent, but it was 'From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea', 'Wendy Time' and 'Doing The Unstuck' which gave me a wake-up call as to how good 'Wish' actually is.
The guitar and bassline repeat most of the way through the song, matching the imagery of the lyrics perfectly. Suddenly, halfway through, the song slows right down, before building up to an amazing climax of the same guitar solo mixed with fantastic distortion effects, which make you wonder how the same band managed to release 'A Letter To Elise' (see below) as a single.
'Wendy Time' comes next, a mass of addictive distorted guitars and catchy vocals. According to the lyrics inside the liner there should be an extra verse to this song, but as it is quite long due to the guitar solos, it's not too much of a loss.
'Doing The Unstuck' is the definitive 'happy song'. With lyrics proclaiming 'It's a perfect day for letting go' and 'Kick out the gloom, kick out the blues, tear out the pages with all the bad news', it must be. It has possibly the most catchy chorus of all time.
'Friday I'm In Love', like 'High', is a catchy, poppy single which really isn't as good as much of the stuff on here. It's sugary and forgettable enough to be a good single, but after listening to it a few times you realise how superior many of the other songs are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bryandd on 15 Nov. 2011
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When I was 18 I briefly had a fling with a lovely older girl who introduced me to this album. I found it amazing from the start. Unfortunately the girl dumped me after about a month, but this CD was firmly stuck in my head. And plus, it's great music to listen to when you're feeling miserable..like after you've been dumped..*sob sob*..but once you're done feeling sorry for yourself with tracks like 'Apart', you can listen to 'Doing The Unstuck' and be motivated to get off yer arse and go find a new love. All in all, an incredible album that cannot be overlooked.
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By falsetaff on 20 Feb. 2014
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There are some really strong songs on this album from mid-period Cure (92) from the swirlling of 'open' to the poppy 'High' and 'Friday i'm in love' (like only the cure do pop) and the darker and more heart felt 'apart' 'a letter to elise' and the utterly beautiful 'trust'. 'From the edge of the deep green sea' and 'doing the unstuck' are also great songs and if 'to wish impossible things' and 'end' may lack just a little, there isn't really a bad track. BUT... as a whole, i personally find that with it's variety it somehow doesn't quite gel as an album. Having said that, after 20 odd years (i've just replaced my cassete version) i still find it a great listen....it's the cure!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2000
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Even if you have to put up with the weaker tracks ("High", "Wendy Time", "A Letter To Elise") this is doubtless one of the most breathtakingly magical Cure albums, comfortably ranking alongside "Disintegration" for sheer consistency and genius. It covers every Cure mood, from the brilliant spangled pop of "Friday I'm In Love", through the deranged intensity of "From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea", the childish romanticism of "Apart" and the helplessness of "To Wish Impossible Things", to the desperate, self-flagellation of "Cut". Strip out the lush production and you still have some of the most superbly-crafted songs The Cure ever wrote.
The hysteria that followed the band around on the Wish Tour is something I couldn't quite understand at the time, but having rediscovered this album recently I can see exactly why it was so. Maybe you had to be there at the time but this hits all the right buttons and is still utterly fabulous.
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