Wild Mood Swings

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Wild Mood Swings
The Cure - Wild Mood Swings.jpg
Studio album by The Cure
Released 7 May 1996
Recorded 1995–1996
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock[1][2], gothic rock
Length 61:36
Label
Producer
The Cure chronology
Paris
(1993)Paris1993
Wild Mood Swings
(1996)
Galore
(1997)Galore1997
Singles from Wild Mood Swings
  1. "The 13th"
    Released: 22 April 1996
  2. "Mint Car"
    Released: 17 June 1996
  3. "Strange Attraction"
    Released: 8 October 1996
  4. "Gone!"
    Released: 2 December 1996

Wild Mood Swings is the tenth studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released on 7 May 1996 through record label Fiction.[3]

Background and recording[edit]

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. Nevertheless, the two of them managed to keep things afloat long enough for Gallup to return once he recovered and convinced Roger O'Donnell to rejoin the band. This is also the first album featuring drummer Jason Cooper, who played on 9 of the 14 tracks on the album, because several drummers were auditioning for the job at the time it was being recorded.

Release[edit]

Released on 7 May 1996, the album was poorly received by many Cure fans, with Wild Mood Swings selling just one million copies worldwide compared to the estimated four million sales of Wish. As of 2005, US sales stand at 363,410 according to SoundScan. However, Smith has gone on record to say, "It's one of my top five favourite Cure albums."[4] Wild Mood Swings did, however, chart at number nine in the UK Albums Chart, staying on chart for six weeks, and charted at number 12 in the US Billboard 200.[5][6] The album went gold in the US.[7] Four singles were released from the album, the first being "The 13th", released in April 1996, followed by "Mint Car" released in June, then "Strange Attraction" released in United States in October and finally "Gone!" released in Europe in December 1996.

Wild Mood Swings also joins The Top as one of the least performed albums in the Cure's repertoire. On the 2008 4Tour, the band only performed "Want" at a few dates and "Club America" in Mexico City. "Jupiter Crash" was played on the 2004 Curiosa Tour, and "Want" was usually played as the third song during the 2000 Bloodflowers Tour.[8] "Want" was played during the band's headline set at Reading Festival 2012. "Mint Car" was also played on some of the festivals in 2012. All other songs were last played live at the 1996 Swing Tour, with a few festival performances in 1998 of "Treasure". In 2014, "Jupiter Crash" made a return to the band's live repertoire when it was played on both dates of The Cure's Royal Albert Hall performances.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[9]
Chicago Sun-Times 2.5/4 stars[10]
Entertainment Weekly B[11]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[12]
Houston Chronicle 4/5 stars[13]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[14]
NME 7/10[15]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[16]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[17]
Spin 6/10[18]

Wild Mood Swings received a mixed response from critics. A favourable review came from Trouser Press, which described the album as "a potent and sweeping dissertation on melancholy and tentative dreams denied", calling it "consistently compelling".[19]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Bamonte, Cooper, Gallup, O'Donnell and Smith, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Want" 5:06
2. "Club America" (Bamonte, Cooper, Gallup, Smith) 5:02
3. "This Is a Lie" 4:29
4. "The 13th" 4:08
5. "Strange Attraction" 4:19
6. "Mint Car" 3:32
7. "Jupiter Crash" 4:15
8. "Round & Round & Round" 2:39
9. "Gone!" 4:31
10. "Numb" 4:49
11. "Return" 3:28
12. "Trap" 3:37
13. "Treasure" 3:45
14. "Bare" 7:57
Bonus track
No. Title Length
15. "It Used to Be Me" (Japanese edition only - available worldwide as the B-side of "The 13th" single) 6:50

Personnel[edit]

The Cure

Additional personnel

  • Jesus Alemany – trumpet
  • John Barclay – trumpet
  • Steve Dawson – trumpet
  • Richard Edwards – trombone
  • Sid Gauld – trumpet
  • Will Gregory – saxophone
  • Steve Sidwell – trumpet
  • Mister Chandrashekhar – violin
  • Sue Dench – viola
  • Leo Payne – violin
  • Audrey Riley – cello
  • Chris Tombling – violin
  • Ronald Austin – drums on "This is a Lie"
  • Louis Pavlou – drums on "Club America"
  • Mark Price – drums on "Mint Car", "Trap" and "Treasure"
  • Ronald Austin – arrangements
  • Sid Gauld – arrangements
  • Will Gregory – arrangements
  • Audrey Riley – arrangements

Technical

  • Steve Lyon – production, engineering, mixing
  • Paul Corkett – mixing
  • Spike Drake – mixing
  • Paul Q. Kolderie – mixing
  • Tom Lord-Alge – mixing
  • Alan Moulder – mixing
  • Tim Palmer – mixing
  • Mark Saunders – mixing
  • Adrian Maxwell Sherwood – mixing
  • Sean Slade – mixing
  • Ian Cooper – mastering
  • Andy Vella – sleeve art direction

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 12
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[22] 37
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[23] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[24] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 9
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 9
US Billboard 200 12[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gerard, Chris (16 October 2013). "The Cure's "Wild Mood Swings" Revisited – Metro Weekly". Metro Weekly. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/wild-mood-swings-mw0000646830
  3. ^ "The Cure : Official Site: Discography :: Wild Mood Swings". thecure.com. Retrieved December 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ http://imaginaryboys.altervista.org/english/cure/articles/youasked.htm "Interview with Robert Smith" 28 September 2007
  5. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/Cure/
  6. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/wild-mood-swings-mw0000646830/awards
  7. ^ "Gold and Platinum: Search Results". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 25 November 2008.
  8. ^ http://www.cure-concerts.de/main/2000.php "Cure Concerts Guide" 13 April 2009
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Wild Mood Swings – The Cure". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Kim, Jae-Ha (19 May 1996). "The Cure, 'Wild Mood Swings' (Elektra)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 19 March 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ Sinclair, Tom (10 May 1996). "Wild Mood Swings". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Cure: Wild Mood Swings (Fiction)". The Guardian. 10 May 1996. 
  13. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (5 May 1996). "The Cure Keeps Its Edge". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  14. ^ Scribner, Sara (5 May 1996). "'Mood Swings' Strengthens Cure's Effect". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 June 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  15. ^ Sutherland, Mark (4 May 1996). "The Cure – Wild Mood Swings". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  16. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony (2 February 1998). "Wild Mood Swings". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 30 November 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  17. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "The Cure". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 205–06. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  18. ^ Hannaham, James (July 1996). "The Cure: Wild Mood Swings". Spin. 12 (4): 91. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  19. ^ Grant, Steven; Robbins, Ira; Reno, Brad. "TrouserPress.com :: Cure". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "Australiancharts.com – The Cure – Wild Mood Swings". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  21. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Cure – Wild Mood Swings" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Cure – Wild Mood Swings" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  23. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Cure – Wild Mood Swings". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  24. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Cure – Wild Mood Swings". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  25. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Cure – Wild Mood Swings". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Cure – Wild Mood Swings". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  27. ^ "Cure | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved December 2013.

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