When The Cure decided the time had come to record the follow-up to their 1992 Wish album
Like when George Lucas decided the original trilogy needed to be followed up by The Phantom Menace.
I bought WMS new from the store when it came out, and eagerly played it for the first time.
I can't remember what my facial expression was by the time it finished playing, but it couldn't have been good. I closed it up and gave it to a friend's daughter, who was so traumatized by listening to it that she married a redneck with a mullet haircut as a direct result. That didn't end well, either.
Today, I eagerly listen for bootlegs with weird songs like "The 13th", as Robert semi-apologizes his way through the sets. But wow, no way to recover from this album. Every album after this had declining sales and declining mainstream interest. Perhaps what Robert always said he wanted, but I doubt it felt that way.