13. Wild Mood Swings (1996): Wild Mood Swings came at a strange time — the band was coming off several years of success, but the lineup was in flux. Boris Williams — the best drummer they would ever have — up and left, while guitarist Porl Thompson flew the coop for greener pastures (playing with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant), leaving Robert Smith and guitarist Perry Bamonte to start work on the album by themselves. Smith busts out his favorite misdirection at the top of the record, and it’s one he would use time and again: opening with a massive (albeit awesome) downer. In this case, it’s more indicative of the emotional extremes contained within than a specific direction for the record. Wild Mood Swings was an attempt to recapture the manic-depressive magic of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, though it comes off a bit stilted and schizophrenic — more flighty than inspired. Fake-string-drenched bummers like “This Is A Lie” awkwardly bump up against gaudy Spanish horns on “The 13th.” Like every Cure album, it has its moments — “Want” hits hard, and the melancholy “Jupiter Crash” is a soft-spoken classic. But the running order is inconsistent at best. A languid jazziness permeates half the album, which rarely does the band any favors. Smith’s voice, without its customary backing, can come off cartoonish. A telling quote on the Wikipedia page for “The 13th” reads: “The song is intensely disliked by many Cure fans.”