Wild Mood Swings

The Cure

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Wild Mood Swings Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Cure 05:06 SpotifyAmazon
2 The Cure 05:01 SpotifyAmazon
3 The Cure 04:29 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Cure 04:08
5 The Cure 04:19 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Cure 03:32 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Cure 04:15 SpotifyAmazon
8 The Cure 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
9 The Cure 04:31 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Cure 04:49 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Cure 03:28 SpotifyAmazon
12 The Cure 03:37 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Cure 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Cure 07:56 SpotifyAmazon
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