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on 26 July 2017
Arrived as expected. Really secure packaging which didn't look to be too wasteful or full of unnecessary plastic. Good quality product. Gorgeous album!!
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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.
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on 7 September 2014
excellent as always
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on 23 January 2016
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on 1 July 2002
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).
From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea follows and has a killer lead guitar riff which repeats all the way through the song. The song stops in the middle, except for the bass, accoustic guitar and a bit of percussion and suddenly everything kicks back in with the most amazing phazed guitar solo you will ever hear, which veers crazily from side to side between your speakers/headphones in "surround sound" style. Very trippy, very funky, and it shows the bands love of Jimi Hendrix to full effect !! This is one of the greatest songs in The Cure's catalogue.
Wendy Time is clearly influnced a bit by what was the then recent Madchester movement and has funky-dancey drums and the obligatory Madchester style organ !!
Doing The Unstuck is the killer single that never was. It's a crime that this was never released instead of A Letter To Elise, which just didn't work as a single. There must be about 20 different guitars playing all throughout this song and it is really the most singalong style track on the album (especially the chorus), even more so than the next song which is....Friday I'm In Love.
Friday is a jangly pop track in the mould of The Beatles, The Byrds, The Stone Roses, The La's - that kind of thing. It was a huge chart hit and it's amazing and you really should not need me to tell you how good it is.
Trust changes the album into a bit more of a serious mood, with it's almost classical piano. It's a bit of a pity that they used a keyboard to replicate the sound of an orchestra on here (although it's very authentic) it just doesn't sound as good as maybe having a string quartet or something on it. It's still a very welcome song, almost a reprise of Homesick from Disintegration.
A Letter To Elise has a touch of REM to it (in their accoustic-y with some lightly distorted guitar moments!) and maintains a very delicate feel, especially with the toy piano.
Cut is the hardest song on the whole album. Starting off with a deceptive viola (I think...?) introduction before very fast thrashy drums crash in and the whole song roars along with copious amounts of heavy feedback and wah-wah guitars. This is a very Nirvana-esque song, if Jimi Hendrix had played guitar for them.
To Wish Impossible Things rounds up the albums softer moments, built around a lilting 6-string-bass arpeggio and some light percussion. A viola drifts in and out of the song setting most of the mood. This song quite truly sounds like a sunset !
It's back to the hard stuff for the final song, End.
This is another song where a main lead-part is maintained throughout the song to catchy effect. This time an identical bassline and guitar line are synchronised to give an extremely meaty sound, with additional guitars soaring in majestically every now and then. The vocals also have a great reverse-echo effect used on them, which sees the words echoing before they have even been sung (there's probably a technical term for this, but I don't know it if there is one.) and the guitar solo in the middle is all reversed as well.
As with a few Cure albums this may not be the best choice as your first purchase, UNLESS you are heavily into guitar based music then go ahead and buy it right now. Otherwise, if you are looking for The Cure's moodier, more gothic or more synth-orientated albums this probably won't suit you.
Personally I happen to think this is one of The Cure's best 3 albums (Disintegration, Bloodflowers and this) so really the best thing you can do is buy all three of them.
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on 28 February 2000
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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on 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'.
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on 15 November 2011
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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on 2 October 2017
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on 25 March 2013
Depressing and not my cup of tea ... More wake and smell the somewhat rancid coffee ... Still if the painful truth is what you want you will get it here in spades.
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