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All Music Guide - 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/1996
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075596174428
  • Catalog Number: 61744
  • Sales rank: 82,956

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Want (5:06)
  2. 2 Club America (5:01)
  3. 3 This Is a Lie (4:29)
  4. 4 The 13th (4:08)
  5. 5 Strange Attraction (4:19)
  6. 6 Mint Car (3:32)
  7. 7 Jupiter Crash (4:15)
  8. 8 Round & Round & Round (2:38)
  9. 9 Gone! (4:31)
  10. 10 Numb (4:49)
  11. 11 Return (3:28)
  12. 12 Trap (3:37)
  13. 13 Treasure (3:45)
  14. 14 Bare (7:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Cure Primary Artist
Perry Bamonte Bass, Guitar, 6-string bass
John Barclay Trumpet
Susan Dench Viola
Richard Edwards Trombone
Simon Gallup Bass, Bass Guitar
Sid Gauld Trumpet
William Gregory Saxophone
Leo Payne Violin
Mark Price Drums
Audrey Riley Cello
Steve Sidwell Trumpet
Robert Smith Bass, Guitar, Vocals, 6-string bass
Roger O'Donnell Keyboards
Jesús Alemañy Trumpet
Will Gregory Saxophone
Jason Cooper Percussion, Drums
Louis Pavlou Drums
Louis Paylou Drums
Ronald Austin Drums
Mister Chandrashekhar Violin
Steve Dawson Trumpet
Christopher Tombling Violin
Technical Credits
The Cure Art Direction
Steve Lyon Producer, Engineer
Perry Bamonte Composer
Simon Gallup Composer
Sid Gauld Arranger
William Gregory Arranger
Leo Payne Contributor
Audrey Riley Arranger
Robert Smith Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ian Cooper Mastering
Roger O'Donnell Composer
Will Gregory Arranger
Andy Vella Art Direction
Jason Cooper Composer
Ronald Austin Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why?

    Robert Smith seems to have run out of ideas on this release, so he tries a little of everything. Sadly, it really doesn't work, as it comes off rather tired, as if it had all been done before. It's just my opinion, but this is probably the weakest Cure album.

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