The Cure performing only songs from the 1996 album Wild Mood Swings in London, England
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Wild Mood Swings is the 10th studio album by British alternative rock band the Cure, released on 7 May 1996 through record label Fiction. After Wish, it seemed the Cure was on the brink of being disbanded due to the departure of Porl Thompson and Boris Williams. Simon Gallup was also forced to take a vacation due to health problems, which narrowed the lineup down to Robert Smith and Perry Bamonte
Wild Mood Swings is the Cure’s tenth studio album. Despite being certified Gold in less than two months in the US, it was their first not to exceed the sales of its previous albums and has not been certified Gold in the UK like their previous four albums. After touring the world for Wish, three members quit the group, leaving only founding member Robert Smith and recently-added keyboardist Parry Bamonte. Before, such a thought did not even touch on my head – I ignored the other four. But on making the album this time, I talked about various subjects with them, seriously listening to what and how they were thinking. It seems quite strange to sing what is utterly not from my mind. The sessions resulted in twenty-five songs with the album tentatively being called Bare.
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.
He may be the only one to ever say that about the band’s tenth album and follow-up to 1992’s Wish, which debuted at No. 2 and made them one of the biggest modern rock bands in the world. Wild Mood Swings came out in 1996, four years after their highest-charting record – the longest break they had taken between albums at that point. The extended hiatus, and lackluster songs, make for one of the most poorly received records of the group’s long career. Things didn't go well from the start. Fans reacted accordingly. Wild Mood Swings debuted at No. 12 and quickly sank. It eventually went gold, but it took a few years. Neither "The 13th" nor "Mint Car" made it to the Top 40; they both stalled outside of the modern rock Top 10 too.
Album · 1996 · 14 Songs. Wild Mood Swings The Cure. Listen on Apple Music.
Many Cure fans dislike Wild Mood Swings. Not me, though: I like it more than Wish. For one thing, it's much more energetic, with 14 songs that last an hour, whereas Wish had 13 songs lasting 66 minutes. Although Wish has many good songs, somehow they can get to sound monotonous if you listen to the whole album straight through. The songs on Wild Mood Swings, however, move along much faster, mostly avoiding this problem. More importantly, Wild Mood Swings really has the light touch. Want" is the only anthem on the album. Much of Wild Mood Swings indulges the lounge-act side of The Cure. This is exactly why many Cure fans hate it, but I can't get enough. This was always part of The Cure.
What stops ‘Wild Mood Swings’ from ranking up there with the goths best is that, as hinted at before, it doesn’t really know what it wants to be. It flows quite neatly with solid track after solid track but doesn’t really connect that much either. There’s no extreme darkness tying things together, nor is their an abundance of top 20 hit potential that muster a catchy, anthemic feel. What we have is material that’s fine, and at times quite enjoyable indeed. Although it sounds brash, most of the album is rather average and not that memorable. One can’t say that The Cure didn’t try to be creative, with the wide array of styles on offer, but at the same time, that’s what holds the record back. Wild Mood Swings’ really needs that strong distinction of gloom or guitar pop that previous efforts held onto. In other words, it feels like an album without great direction - not gothic, not polished radio-rock, just unfamiliar and unconcerned.