The Cure - Wish / by Rollie Agado

Spent an unusual amount of time debating what album to select on this very special day...  Valentines Day 2014.

Curiously enough... I'm now missing two Cure albums in my collection.  Perhaps someone borrowed them and hasn't returned them.  Hint. Hint.

Curiously enough... I'm now missing two Cure albums in my collection.  Perhaps someone borrowed them and hasn't returned them.  Hint. Hint.

This may come as a surprise to many, but I've always been a big fan of Valentines Day.  I've had a number of memorable ones over the years and enjoy equally whether I'm in a relationship or not.

I had originally intended to select the Belle and Sebastian album - Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love.   It seemed kinda fitting and I've never technically listened to the album in its entirety.  The disc itself was a catalyst in a break-up I had and it sorta got shelved and has never been given a proper listen.   It would have been hard to write about the album and not revisit that morning...  so I opted to pull out of doing that and focused my attention on selecting an album I loved with all my heart.

I settled on the Cure album "Wish"....  An album that seems to run hot & cold with fans of the Cure.  I think its easier to revisit than say Disintegration or Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.  I'm apparently in the minority...

Never quite understood the sleeve art on the album...  its quite possibly the ugliest album cover for an LP that I adore.   The album contains the regrettable hit single - Friday I'm In Love - but I don't knock the band for putting out a catch number.   It's tracks like Doing the Unstuck that I wish more people would go out of their way to discover.

Yes...  a number of the songs are bloated and some border on outweighing their welcome, but it's still a very rewarding listen.

A number of the deep tracks like Trust and A Letter to Elise (my favorite on the album and the namesake of my electric guitar) continue to level me nearly 25 years after its release.

At the height of grunge... this album became a welcome change to the Soundgarden/Alice In Chains/Nirvana/Pearl Jam loop that everyone seemed to in.

Take for example the song Cut.   If I were ever shot into space on a rocket, this is the song that I would like to hear in my cosmonaut helmet.  In the event of a fiery crash, this is the song that I want blaring in my head as my life flashes before my tired eyes.

Seek it out if you've never listened to it:

Artist: The Cure
Album: Wish
Producer: Robert Smith, David M. Allen
Label: Elektra
Recorded: The Manor