picks up from where Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
left off, but with slight doses of Disintegration
all over. For example, "A Letter To Elise" is like "Pictures of You" redux! (well OK not exactly, but it's got the same rhythm, albeit slower, the twangy guitar layers, and the atmosphere).
Everywhere else, the songs are in a vein similar to Kiss Me
, and they don't form a cohesive whole or mood in the way that Disintegration
did. So Wish
is really just a collection of twelve songs, and that kinda reduces the album's impact for me - I prefer The Cure when they're making rich / vast landscapes of sound, be them light or dark, soft or harsh, whereas this album has less focus in that respect.
Most of the songs are good though, even if the album rarely grabs me by the collar and holds me against the wall. And the good songs are very good in fact! The mood is significantly lighter than on Disintegration
- there are still gloomy / sad songs like "Trust" and "Apart", and intense ones such as "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea" and "End", but they're lighter overall.
The sound is less intense and rich too, but that's not a really big deal. Kiss Me
also had a somewhat sparse sound, yet it was still good, and Wish
is the same in that respect. But the thing that strikes me is that these songs aren't too memorable - Disintegration
was filled with things that stuck in my head and made me want to return to it over and over, the same with Kiss Me
too. Heck, the same with even Faith
by Reviewer: Fernando Canto
(blogging at Sir Mustapha's Album Reviews [Defunct]