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The Cure's 1989 album Disintegration was the band's inarguable artist peak, and surprisingly also their biggest commercial success to date. A rare feat for any artist, but especially unexpected when considering how Disintegration abandoned much of the pop excitement the Cure had been working with through the mid '80s and returned to the drawn-out and depressive textural rock of their early days. Disintegration's grim grandeur and epic presentation had an air of finality, and its perfect synthesis of everything the band had explored leading up to it put the Cure in a very difficult spot when it was time to follow up. Almost three years passed before 1992's Wish arrived, continuing Disintegration's slow-moving torment on tracks like "Apart" and the violin-underscored "To Wish Impossible Things" but bringing back melody and upbeat tempos to a handful of standout tracks. While bandleader/songwriter Robert Smith had established a style that called on childlike playfulness and wonderment on the Cure's earlier pop-leaning singles, the happier, more energetic moments on Wish find that style coming into its own. While "Friday I'm In Love" became one of the band's most popular songs and a definitive moment for early '90s alternative pop on the whole, Smith's knack for bittersweet melodies and arrangements that take their time unfolding are better exemplified in Wish's less ubiquitous tracks. The gorgeous midtempo pop of "A Letter to Elise" is as vulnerable as it is deftly constructed, with guitar and synth countermelodies gradually stacking as the song builds. "Doing the Unstuck" is similarly dense, with it's repeated refrain of "Let's get happy!" suggesting some winking self-awareness on Smith's part. Wish splits the difference between Disintegration-esque dreariness and the kind of glum pop Smith was a master of at this point. Moving seamlessly from the detached social anxiety of an obligatory music industry party on first track "Open" to genuine optimism and lovestruck devotion on "High" sets the tone for Wish. It's an album that can't help but live in the shadow of its immediate predecessor to some extent, but manages to carve out an identity of its own by examining the extremes of Smith's songwriting personality --- crushing despair and whimsical pop --- and making intentional space for both.
© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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1
Open
00:06:50

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

2
High (Album Version)
00:03:32

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

3
Apart
00:06:33

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

4
From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
00:07:40

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

5
Wendy Time
00:05:10

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

6
Doing The Unstuck
00:04:21

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

7
Friday I'm In Love (Album Version)
00:03:35

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

8
Trust
00:05:30

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

9
A Letter To Elise
00:05:12

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

10
Cut
00:05:49

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

11
To Wish Impossible Things
00:04:39

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, Producer, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer - Porl Thompson, Composer - Perry Bamonte, Composer - David M. Allen, Producer

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

12
End
00:06:45

Mark Saunders, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Whitfield, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shaun De Feo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Danton Supple, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Baker, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Cure, MainArtist - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Composer, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Bamonte, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Warner, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Bandy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David M. Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Parry, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1992 Fiction Records Ltd.

Album Description

The Cure's 1989 album Disintegration was the band's inarguable artist peak, and surprisingly also their biggest commercial success to date. A rare feat for any artist, but especially unexpected when considering how Disintegration abandoned much of the pop excitement the Cure had been working with through the mid '80s and returned to the drawn-out and depressive textural rock of their early days. Disintegration's grim grandeur and epic presentation had an air of finality, and its perfect synthesis of everything the band had explored leading up to it put the Cure in a very difficult spot when it was time to follow up. Almost three years passed before 1992's Wish arrived, continuing Disintegration's slow-moving torment on tracks like "Apart" and the violin-underscored "To Wish Impossible Things" but bringing back melody and upbeat tempos to a handful of standout tracks. While bandleader/songwriter Robert Smith had established a style that called on childlike playfulness and wonderment on the Cure's earlier pop-leaning singles, the happier, more energetic moments on Wish find that style coming into its own. While "Friday I'm In Love" became one of the band's most popular songs and a definitive moment for early '90s alternative pop on the whole, Smith's knack for bittersweet melodies and arrangements that take their time unfolding are better exemplified in Wish's less ubiquitous tracks. The gorgeous midtempo pop of "A Letter to Elise" is as vulnerable as it is deftly constructed, with guitar and synth countermelodies gradually stacking as the song builds. "Doing the Unstuck" is similarly dense, with it's repeated refrain of "Let's get happy!" suggesting some winking self-awareness on Smith's part. Wish splits the difference between Disintegration-esque dreariness and the kind of glum pop Smith was a master of at this point. Moving seamlessly from the detached social anxiety of an obligatory music industry party on first track "Open" to genuine optimism and lovestruck devotion on "High" sets the tone for Wish. It's an album that can't help but live in the shadow of its immediate predecessor to some extent, but manages to carve out an identity of its own by examining the extremes of Smith's songwriting personality --- crushing despair and whimsical pop --- and making intentional space for both.
© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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