But with The 13th The Cure snap you out of it, with a lively brass Spanish rhythm and Smith's vocals gliding all over the place. Strange Attraction is one of those pure Cure moments of joy and happiness with it's rollicking keyboard rhythms and Smith's carefree vocal runs about love which eventually goes wrong with the woman humorously asking, 'Can I use some of your lipstick'. And in Mint Car, Wild Wood Swings has its Friday I'm In Love, making love sound perfect with lyrics like, 'The sun is up I'm so happy I could scream'.
Musically, Gone!, like The 13th, shows The Cure continuing to experiment,this time with its cool jazz rhythms os keyboard and muted trumpet solos as well as staccato vocals from Smith.
But if you know The Cure, you know you can't stay 'happy happy' for the rest of the album, with Numb's sombre portrayal of drug addiction, the sad lament of Treasure, and the nine minute epic of Bare, which somehow makes you question those dream-like versions of love earlier on.
After so many albums it's hard for Wild Mood Swings to be particularly groundbreaking, but it's still a mighty fine record and very much essential to all Cure fans.