There's no question that "The 13th" was probably one of the Cure's most unexpected singles -- though horns had appeared on the single mix of "Close to Me" back in 1985, the distinctly Latin percussion and brass on the song here was something else entirely! The cut appears in two different forms on the single -- an amiable 'two chord cool' mix courtesy of the band and a 'killer bee' mix from Flood, who doesn't do much with it outside of a tweak here and there. In the meantime, two wholly new tracks also appeared on the single. "Ocean" is a string-touched song with a soft, echoing number and a lovely, swoony feeling -- it's another underrated Cure B-side in the tradition of "Babble." "It Used to Be Me," meanwhile, is a slow-building number that gives the band a chance to shine as a unit, with Smith's queasy guitar line and bitter, confused lyric given excellent, edgy backing (and at the end, a few more strings to boot).
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett