Wish (The Cure album)
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''Wish'' is the ninth studio album by British
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band
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, released on 21 April 1992 through record label
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in the UK and Elektra in the US. ''Wish'' was the Cure's most commercially successful in the band's career, debuting at number one in the UK and number two in the United States, where it sold more than 1.2 million copies.


Recording

The record is the final studio album featuring drummer
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and the first featuring
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, who was initially working as a roadie for the band, as well as being the last album featuring guitarist
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for sixteen years. Whilst retaining their trademark
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sound and mood on some tracks, ''Wish'' often found the band emphasizing the lighter, broader guitar-driven
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direction that was hinted on their previous three records. According to
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, 'Wish' was recorded on 48 tracks and "almost everything was used". Robert Smith also revealed the hit song 'Friday I'm In Love' was purposely sped up a quarter-tone sharp on the recording tape, halfway between D and E-flat. Robert Smith commented on the speeding up of the tape of the song in a 1993 interview. " €¦that was an accident. I was playing with the vari-speed and forgot to turn it off. But the whole feel changed, and the fact that it's the only song on Wish that's not in concert pitch really lifts it out and makes it sound different. After working on the record for months, hearing something a quarter-tone off makes your brain take a step backwards." Smith also revealed that the "detuning' of the guitars played a role in the unique "sound" of the album, as did the subliminal overdubs and the extensive use of feedback. "A lot of things on our record that sound like heavy chorusing are actually just detuned instruments. The only drawback to that is onstage it's very confusing sometimes, especially with lots of phasing effects going on. It turns into this overwhelming pulsing sound, and you can't hear anything." Smith also revealed that the songs " Mesmerise" by Chapterhouse, and "Human (The Human League song), Human" by The Human League were an influence on the album, he commented on both songs in 1993: "For every album we do, I assemble a bunch of songs that have something that I'm trying to capture. For Wish, I would listen to "Mesmerise" by Chapterhouse for its feeling of abandon and "Human" by The Human League. You couldn't spot anything sonically or structurally that would influence anything we did, but there's an indefinable something that I'm trying to capture. One night I must have played "Mesmerise" 20 times, drinking and turning it louder and louder, putting myself into a trance."


Release

The album's lead single was "High (The Cure song), High", released on 16 March 1992. The single peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart, forty-two on the US ''Billboard (magazine), Billboard'' Billboard Hot 100, Hot 100 and number one on the ''Billboard'' Modern Rock Tracks.http://www.billboard.com/artist/397801/cure/chart"[ The Cure Album & Song Chart History]" ''Billboard (magazine), Billboard'' Alternative Songs for The Cure. Nielsen Business Media The album's second single, "Friday I'm in Love", released on 11 May 1992, became one of the band's most popular songs β€“ reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart and number eighteen in the ''Billboard'' Hot 100, and number one in the Modern Rock Tracks. The final single was for "A Letter to Elise", going at number twenty-eight in the UK and 2 in the Modern Rock Tracks. ''Wish'' was released on 21 April. It received positive reviews upon release, including a four-star review in ''Rolling Stone'' that stated: "For its cult of millions, the Cure offers the only kind of optimism that makes sense." ''Wish'' was also the band's overall highest-charting album, and most commercially successful in the band's career. Upon release, 'Wish' would soon debut at number one in the UK, and number two in the United States Billboard 200, where it sold more than 1.2 million copies. ''Wish'' was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1993. It peaked at number one in the United States Cashbox (magazine), Cashbox album charts on 16 May 1992. On 16 November 1993, a limited EP called ''Lost Wishes'' was released on cassette with four new tracks on it. In 1995, ''Q'' included ''Wish'' in its publication "In Our Lifetime: Q's 100 Best Albums 1986–94", a list compiled to celebrate its 100th issue. In 2000 it was voted number 646 in Colin Larkin's ''All Time Top 1000 Albums''.


Reissue

On April 13, 2018, in an interview with BBC Radio 6, Robert Smith confirmed that the deluxe edition of β€œWish” is finished. A release date is yet to be announced.


Track listing

All songs composed by The Cure (
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, Simon Gallup, Robert Smith (musician), Robert Smith,
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,
Boris Williams Boris Peter Bransby Williams (born 24 April 1957) is a England, French/English drummer best known for his extensive work with The Cure (1984–1994). Biography Born in Versailles (city), Versailles, France, he had previously worked with variou ...
). ''Lost Wishes'' EP Four instrumental tracks taken from the 'Wish' sessions at the Manor Winter 1991. Released in 1994 as a limited edition cassette, through mail order only.


Personnel

All credits taken from liner notes The Cure *Robert Smith (musician), Robert Smith – vocals, guitars, six-string bass, keyboards *
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– guitars, keyboards, six-string bass on "Friday I'm In Love" and "A Letter to Elise" *
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– guitars *Simon Gallup – bass guitar *
Boris Williams Boris Peter Bransby Williams (born 24 April 1957) is a England, French/English drummer best known for his extensive work with The Cure (1984–1994). Biography Born in Versailles (city), Versailles, France, he had previously worked with variou ...
– drums, percussion Additional musicians *Kate Wilkinson – viola on "To Wish Impossible Things" Production *Producers: Dave Allen, The Cure *Engineers: Dave Allen, Steve Whitfield *Assistant engineer: Chris Bandy *Mixing: Mark Saunders (record producer), Mark Saunders *Mixing assistants: Andy Baker, William Parry, Danton Supple, Mark Warner *Album Cover: Parched Art (Porl Thompson and Andy Vella)


Charts


Weekly charts


Year-end charts


Certifications

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References


External links

* * * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIz-j0f1JHE The Cure - Friday I'm In Love (Extended Remix) {{Authority control The Cure albums 1992 albums Albums produced by David M. Allen Fiction Records albums Elektra Records albums