Artist: The Cure
Genre: Pop Goth
Musicians:Robert Smith-voice, guitar, 6 string bass & keyboards, Simon Gallup-bass & keyboards, Boris Williams-drums, Porl Thompson-guitars, Perry Bamonte- Guitars, 6 string bass, keyboards.
Producer: The Cure & David M Allen
Engineer:Steve Whitfield & David M Allen
Wish is the ninth studio album by English rock band The Cure. The record is the final studio album featuring Boris Williams and the first featuring Perry Bamonte, as well as being the last album featuring Porl Thompson for sixteen years.
Whilst retaining the sound and mood of Disintegration (1989) on some tracks, Wish often found the band moving into more of a dream pop direction.
There are a couple of issues with this CD. While a little less poppy than Disintegration making it better than that album, the sound is slightly sterile. Also the liner notes are unreadable by the naked eye as will as prescription eyes. One needs powerful magnification to read the tiny font which is also black on blood red making it all that much harder. I guess the art department didn’t care how it turned out.
It has been said that The Smiths and Morrissey are the most depressing or sad artists out there. I hate to overturn that opinionated statistic, but in my opinion The Cure takes that reward hands down. Doing a review of Cure’s Disintegration and now this album makes me wonder why I even have two Cure albums. I guess, it’s that I do like the music in general, but the lyrics are a different story I think. When I listen to music, I listen to everything, music, lyrics, structure, individual musicianship, etc. I listen with the whole of my being, so it is inevitable that I will pick up on things that will or can affect me. If you would like to read more about The Cure and Robert Smith see the links here:
Official website: http://www.thecure.com/
Robert Smith: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Smith_(musician)
Anyway, I’m going to quickly run through this one.
Open – an appropriate enough title to this…..uh, opener. This sounds like it was written from personal experience and perspective. In fact, it sounds at one point like a struggle with alcohol addiction by the writer. It is said that Robert Smith had an addiction to alcohol at one point, but in fact he did not. It was his band mate Lawrence Tolhurst that had that problem. Robert Smith used to have a problem with LSD believe it or not. Now days he is sober of course.
High – No, this is not about drug addiction. It reads more like a love song, sort of. This one is typical Cure pop.
Apart – This song has an interesting bass line with a darkwave ambient feel, but unfortunately we are headlong back into depression or sadness with the lyrics. This is one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard.
From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea – Don’t really know what to make of this one.
Wendy Time – This is more Cure pop and not my favorite
Doing The Unstuck – This song is ok and has a sound or feel similar to The Church.
Friday I’m In Love – While a rare more cheery pop song and one of the hits from this album, it is probably my least favorite. During the writing process, Robert Smith became convinced that he had inadvertently stolen the chord progression from somewhere, and this led him to a state of paranoia where he called everyone he could think of and played the song for them, asking if they had heard it before. None of them had, and Smith realised that the melody was indeed his.
The song was written to be a slower number than its upbeat final rendition. While the track was recorded in D major, the commercially released version sounds a quarter-tone higher than D major due to Robert Smith forgetting to turn off the vari-speed on the tape after toying with it before recording. When played live, the song is played in its original intended key as opposed to the one heard on the record
Trust – Now here is an example of what not to do if you are in radio either as air talent (aka DJ) or a producer, putting a really sad song in every way right after a romp through happyville, going from upbeat and happy to sudden lowest of sad. However, I understand this is an album, so the rule doesn’t apply, but still.
A Letter To Elise – This song is slightly more upbeat musically, but not in lyrics.
Cut – This is probably the hardest edged song on the album.
To Wish Impossible Things/End – This is a good closer, that much is certain.