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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Nearly every track is an instant classic, and Open, Friday I'm In Love, To Wish Impossible Things and the final track End are all stunning.
Just sublime, a highly recommended purchase.
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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wish is best described as a more mellow musical experience than dark sombre albums like disintegration. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MRS SYLVIA SIMPKIN
Awesome music, definitely recommended for any Cure fan!!!! 5*Published 7 months ago by Avenue Skateboards
Bought it for one song 'Apart' but listened to the album several times now and it is very good throughout.
Some great songs on here. Recommend.
Wonderful album. Can't believe it took me 25 years to get round to listening to it.Published 18 months ago by Reviews101