Dig through the fine print on the Cure's new Wish and you'll find this snatch of Shelley: "Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought." That about sums up the source of the band's phenomenal growth: On new songs like "High," "To Wish Impossible Things," and "A Letter to Elise" leader Robert Smith and his mates continue to craft paeans to sadness and desolation, but instead of continuing to cloak them (and choke them) in the vacant musical moan of the band's fabled depresso period, they now construct luscious pop-rock settings of the highest order. Sure Wish has lags, but I'm overwhelmed by the powerful "Open," entranced by the lilting "Friday I'm in Love," lulled by the exquisite "Impossible Things," and mighty fond of the lovely "Elise." It might be worth the trek out to the World to see this show: five or six years ago the band took great pride in proffering a dramatic and stirring rock'n'roll spectacle, and there's no reason to think they haven't got better at that as well. Wednesday, 7:30 PM, World Music Theatre, Ridgeland and Flossmoor, Tinley Park. 559-1212 or 708-614-1616.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Mark Weiss.