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Wild Mood Swings
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on 21 January 2015
This is a fantastic Cure album, even though there are mixed reviews out there! Its called Wild Mood Swings as it is just that!! I'm slightly biased as " Strange Attraction " is one of my top 10 fave Cure tracks!! Buy it!!
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on 30 September 2010
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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on 22 May 2001
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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on 18 March 2001
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. It is simply the best song Smith's written. Yes, that good! It's an eight minute elegiac confession (to us all?). It has the most wonderful chord progression this side of Elise that just sends shivers. Porl and Boris leaving did not have any adverse effect on the songwriting but possibly this is the reason for the albums somewhat lacklustre commercial performance and the Cure's imminent fall from grace. The rest of Wild Mood Swings is just typically good Cure, but I think it was a bad move to release the obtuse "The 13th" as a first single. It would've been a better/braver move to release "Bare", as most fans had moved on and the quirky "13th", just irritated. There was no challenge, because we've heard it before, in some form or other. An eight minute ballad as a first single, I believe (in hindsight, of course), would've kept up the momentum from Disintegration and Wish and The Cure would have reigned supreme for another few years. Bloodflowers was dismissed, basically. Another really good album, with a few real gems. That's how it goes, I suppose. We've lost them now.
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VINE VOICEon 12 September 2007
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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on 12 August 2011
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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on 6 October 1999
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 before. There are some great melodic overtones, which come and go on this album. The single off this album was '13th' which is backed on the album by some great songs like 'Strange Attraction' which almost touch the Cure into pop yes pop. These songs inspire you to buy there other albums.
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on 1 July 2002
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..?). This is reflected in the albums title Wild Mood Swings, which was to suggest that finally you could hear The Cure's different styles all brought together on one album. What the band seemed to have forgotten is that they had already done that on 1987's Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, which happened to be a brilliant album and at 17 songs in length represents far greater value.
Anyway W.M.S. kicks off with Want, which is one of the few really brilliant songs on the album and was in fact quite a taste as to the direction the band would go in for the follow up album, Bloodflowers (2000). The next song, Club America, happens to be in my opinion one of The Cure's best ever songs. This is the sound of Jimi Hendrix if he had used sitars on any of his faster songs (or ANY of his songs) and it's got an excellent bridge with a guitar refrain lifted entirely from David Bowie's Man Who Sold The World. Quite a mix for one song and it's easily the joint-best song on the whole album !
The other joint-best-song, This Is A Lie, follows straight after. A string quartet plays over a sad accoustic guitar chord structure, with lyrics that every person will face at some point in their lives (i.e. the why am I here and what am I doing with my life type questions !!). The 13th follows and was the first single from the album. It's a nice latino tune which sounds like it came straight out of Brazil or Cuba and knowing how much South America loves The Cure it was probably number one in both countries for about 3 years !! It's an amusing story about being picked up by a woman who promises to take him on "another kind of ride" and the triumphant trumpets will have you reaching for the tequila !!
Strange Attraction is where the album starts to fall down a bit. While making this album the band were still on the lookout for a replacement drummer (to replace Boris Williams who sadly quit in 1994) and finally settled on the equally excellent Jason Cooper. Unfortunately they must have recorded this track before Jason joined and instead they've used a pathetic drum machine which doesn't really help this already Cure-cliched song to pick up any. Everybody actually sounds incredibly bored on this tune...
Mint Car comes up next and is essentially Friday I'm In Love version 2. If you've never heard Friday you'll like this. If you have heard Friday you'll be asking yourself "Why did they bother?".
The last really good excellent song, Jupiter Crash, appears now and is sadly at only the halfway point of the album. Remember the meteor's that crashed into Jupiter around 1995 ? Well, that's what this song is about. It's really refreshing to hear somebody singing about something other than love or "we are the kids" crap for a change, although he still has to stick a reference to his wife in !!
Round & Round & Round is another stab at creating a pop moment and it passes over you in a nice summery way, but it's not really something that will stick into your head - other than the accoustic guitar solo which is very catchy and a nice redeeming feature.
Gone! sees an attempted return to jazz (last seen on The Lovecats) and is quite a hummable pop tune, but it's very likely to leave "outsiders" wondering what on earth a guitar band like The Cure are playing at. This songs best potential was realised when they performed it on The Jools Holland show (not yet available for purchase) and Robert was accompanied by two very soulful female backing singers (who do not appear on the album version and who I have recently seen performing with Starsailor). The album version sounds a lot more English !!!
Numb is according to Robert Smith partly about Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and his last days fuelled by drugs. It's probably really touching for Nirvana fanatics to hear, but to be frank The Cure have made better songs that sound like this on Wish and Disintegration.
Return sees the mood swing back to pop again and really all of the previous comments about the other pop songs apply to this. It's alright, but they've done much better elsewhere.
Trap is a strange one. A bit of a light-rocky one that doesn't really sound like it's going anywhere until it gets to the change at the 2:38 mark (there isn't a "chorus" as such). The change sounds really fantastic and as such it relies on what comes before it to make it work, but if you only listened to the first minute you would think it's not such a good song.
Treasure is another song seemingly made without the services of Cooper on drums and it suffers for it. It's also a bit boring and again sounds much too much like other superior Wish and Disintegration tracks. Saying that, you'll probably like it if you're into dippy love-song stuff !!
The final song is Bare and this is a blatant attempt at trying to make a wholesale return to the Disintegration sound. I don't really think they pull it off to be honest, although as with one or two other songs on here it does hint at what would become their great return (i.e. the Bloodflowers album).
To sum up, I would say that if you have never bought any Cure albums before, this would not be such a bad place to start as it does have a lot of their variety on it.
If you do however already own 1 or 2 of their albums then I would recommend going for a different Cure album instead.
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on 25 October 2001
"Wild Mood Swings", although it has some fine moments, is The Cure completely watered down. They have come a long way since "Faith" and "Pornography"! The album is saturated with brass and strings which makes some of the songs seem like an embarrassing stab at the charts ("Mint Car", "Strange Attraction", "Return"). Having said that, "The 13th" is pretty good and "This Is a Lie" is passable. However, if you have the patience to sit through the whole album you will be rewarded with the two final tracks - "Treasure" and "Bare". Now this is more like it! Both are impossibly sad and beautiful. Shame the same can't be said of this album. Avoid this lazy album. "Wild Mood Swings" - The Cure on autopilot.
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on 7 December 2014
The Cure's tenth studio album and the quality bar is still set very high after the brilliant ninth album wish.

Opening with the most fantastic guitar riff and melody on the first song Want, it continues at a consistently high level through the following 13 tracks.

I feel it's only let down by the choice of singles The 13th and Mint Car - one of these should have been replaced with the fantastic Gone!

This is a Lie, Numb and the stunning final track Bare are all superb as well.

Possibly the Cure's last really great album, although the eponymously titled The Cure from 2004 does come close to the standard set here.

A definite five star purchase.

Very Highly Recommended.
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