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"I thought this love would last forever."
on 5 September 2017
How do you follow one of the great albums of the eighties? Well, you wait three years & release this. Now, 'Wish' may not be quite as magnificent as 'Disintegration' but it's still pretty darn good, in my humble opinion & remains the Cure's only album to reach number #1 in the U.K. There is a growing maturity in Smith's lyrics as he sings of doomed love affairs & the increasingly empty lifestyle of a rock icon, with its attendant parties & hangers on. The album also doesn't feel quite as 'Goth' as its predecessors. Whatever, the music is still a cut above the norm.
1. Open - A great opening track with thunderous drums as Smith sings about a party to which he is forced to attend & has no wish to be & so feels compelled to over-indulge in drink & drugs in order to fit in but only succeeds in feeling emptier inside.
2. High - The 'high' on this occasion is as a result of falling in love. Smith is in a joyful mood & the chiming guitars & poppy sound reflect this. It's no surprise that it was chosen as the first single from the album & climbed as high as #8.
3. Apart - A beautiful & somewhat depressing song about two people drifting apart. Not surprisingly, the music is more restrained on this track.
4. From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea - A truly epic sounding song, something The Cure seem to excel at & one of my favourites. Smith is anguished, forever searching in vain for fulfilment as he sings of another doomed love affair.
5. Wendy Time - One of the lesser tracks from the album. I think it's Smith's comment on cheap, meaningless sex.
6. Doing The Unstuck - Unusual title aside, it has a lovely harp intro & is a positive, passionate song about escaping one's dreary existence & embracing all that life has to offer.
7. Friday I'm In Love - One of the band's most famous & popular singles, reaching the dizzy heights of #6 back in 1992. In many ways it has become the archetypal Cure song with chiming guitars aplenty & lyrics that most of us can relate to. Who has not waited with eager anticipation for the weekend so we can be with the one we love?
8. Trust - I adore this song! The plaintive piano melody & the beautiful guitar accompaniment set the mood perfectly before Smith laments the loss of a deep & meaningful relationship.
9. A Letter To Elise - The last of the three singles, only peaking at #28, which is no surprise to me as I think it's one of the album's lesser tracks. However, what does surprise me is that they couldn't think of a better song to release instead! In his 'letter' Smith seems to be expressing his regret that Elise never felt as strongly about him as he did about her.
10. Cut - A rockier track than most. It's yet another song about a failed/failing relationship & the resulting fallout of bitterness & regret.
11. To Wish Impossible Things - A beautiful & poignant arrangement adds immeasurably to the wistfulness & regret of Smith's lyrics. It is a further indication of the band's growing maturity.
12. End - Wait a moment!.. The first track was called 'Open' & the last is called 'End.' Oh, man! My mind is blown!... Joking aside, what a magnificent song on which to end the album! The band really give it their all on what is my favourite track. Lyrically, Smith is urging his lover to stop loving him as he can no longer live up to her idea of who he is.
Phew! Not a bad follow up to 'Disintegration' is it? My only real gripe is that it needs to be remastered as the sound isn't quite as crisp as it should be. But it remains my second favourite Cure album, which is not a bad thing to be at all.