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5.0 out of 5 stars
'Wish', 30 May 2004
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.
'Trust' is one which really grows on you after a while. It's a lot slower than most of the songs (the only tempos on this album seem to be 'fast and thrashy' or 'slow and depressive'--which isn't an entirely bad thing), and has a looped keyboard sequence which runs throughout. It takes a long time to start, but after a couple of listens you'll be hooked.
'A Letter To Elise' is the single that should never have been. It's slow and gloomy, but this time in a bad way, and sounds like the soundtrack to a weepy teen movie. Why the band didn't release 'Doing The Unstuck' instead is a mystery to me.
Next comes 'Cut', which in my opinion is one of the best on here. It's very fast and thrashy ,but still manages to be very Cure-like. Features the most addictive bassline ever. This song is absolutely packed with drums and waily guitars of every description, slowing down as each verse comes in.
Everything is slowed right down for 'To Wish Impossible Things'. The sound is quite minimal, with echoing guitar/bass in the bckground, and a haunting viola melody winding its way throughout. Beautiful.
It's a case of 'save the best till last' here. 'End' has haunting lyrics sung with a reverse echo effect (mentioned in someone else's review), and a gorgeous guitar melody which repeats the whole way through. It builds up and up towards the end, then with squeals of guitar feedback and hissing, it ends abruptly.
I listen to 'Wish' at least twice a week. I really don't think it gets enough credit, being in the shadow of 'Pornography' and 'Disintegration', which are very very good, but...not 'Wish'.