Nice to be back in this beaut after a few days in Cardiff
Finnish sergeant during WWII.
- Wish, 21th April 1992 -
After a masterpiece like Disintegration, it would’ve been very difficult to make something better, but still Wish proved The Cure to be a worldwide successful band; it’s also in my personal top 3, and now I’ll tell you why.
Starting from the artwork for the cover, this album has some sort of childish energy sparkling through all the tracks, even in the most dark and “heavy” ones like From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea, Cut, End. The influence of Disintegration is still present, but the variation of themes and melodies makes this a more varied and “vibrant” album. It’s quite useful if you want to "throw back your head" as Doing The Unstuck says; a lot of the songs can give you the power to scroll away your sadness and reach the end of the day without an excessive dose of self loathing. Some of them are maybe less introspective, like Doing The Unstuck, Wendy Time or Friday I’m In Love (another perfect combination of pop single + glorious video!), but that doesn’t mean they deserve less than all the other tracks. Robert’s voice doesn’t sound fragile like in Disintegration; it’s still plain but sometimes exaggeratedly passionate. He detaches himself more, like in Apart (one of the very few songs where he doesn’t sing in first person), but leaves some introspective moments here and there. The main songs where you can see that is Open and End, respectively the first and the last track of the album. As Robert said many times, they’re both about him, and his difficulties to face certain situations. He’s often worried that his songs may be too intimate, but these two are the demonstration that everyone has a little Robert Smith in himself. I experienced what these songs describe many times, and many times I just sang them in my mind and felt a little better. It may sound foolish, but it’s a great achievement for a song.
So, the main difference with Disintegration is the dualism of atmospheres; the recording was made in a much happier environment (a lot of articles of that period talk about it, I still remember the chart that ranked the level of madness of the group); but Disintegration left a strong melancholic flavour in the back of Robert’s mouth, and it shows in some songs (To Wish Impossible Things is my favourite slow track on the album, sad and oniric at the same time :>)
The album has songs for everyone: very strong semi-apocalyptic ones like From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea (some would say too long, but honestly i could listen to it for hours and still get goosebumps!), light happy pop hits like Friday I’m In Love, and funky eccentric gems like Wendy Time (another “dance-naked-alone-at-home” kind of song, hehehehe). Even the longer ones are accessible, but if you’re approaching it because you heard just Friday I’m In Love, be careful because as I said, that’s not the general theme! ;)
I personally disagree with the Uncut review of this album, especially with this statement (I can’t remember the exact words as I don’t have the magazine here with me): “The Cure are great because they never change.” I think they missed the point there, The Cure never change??! They ALWAYS change, BUT always staying true to themselves. That’s the great beauty of their work for me! That’s the focal point: you can stay true to yourself, and still never be boring. And that’s true for the next albums too, even if maybe they’re not the most popular Cure albums ever. But that’s another story…
(If you want to open a discussion over it, feel free to send an ask ;))