The Cure

Letter to Elise [US Cassette Single]

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A slightly curious choice for the last single from Wish -- "A Letter to Elise" is certainly a fine enough Cure song, with a gently melancholy catch in the lyrics and guitar line, but it's not particularly distinct on its own beyond the vibe-keyboard melody. The extended remix is actually a better way to go, with a rougher rhythm via Williams' drumming and Gallup's growling bass. "The Big Hand," the first of two original B-sides, became an unexpected radio hit in some American quarters in late 1993. Smith shows some very nice acoustic guitar flashes throughout -- almost flamenco at points -- while the overall band performance is a fairly typical enough mid-paced Cure effort, with an attractive, lush arrangement and intriguingly cryptic lyric. "A Foolish Arrangement," on the other hand, fits the slightly quicker mood of other Cure B-sides like "Babble" or "2 Late," with an especially fine guitar line from Smith as the main attraction.

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