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Wild Mood Swings

The Cure

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Album Review

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 feature 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.

Customer Reviews

The 2nd best album in the world

The best has to be their latest "Cure". Still doesn't change the fact that this is awesome. The lyrics are genius and deep.

Not so good!

'Want' aside this album is pretty mediocre. Why this song was never released as a single I'll never know.

Biography

Formed: 1976 in Crawley, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became well-known for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often hid the diversity of the Cure's music. At the outset, the Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before slowly evolving into a more textured outfit. As one of the...
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