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Pornography

The Cure

1982

Pornography

Album Summary

Pornography is the fourth studio album by English rock band The Cure, released on 4 May 1982 by Fiction Records. Preceded by the non-album single "Charlotte Sometimes", it was the band's first album with new producer Phil Thornalley, and was recorded at RAK Studios from January to April 1982. The sessions saw the band on the brink of collapse, with heavy drug use, band in-fighting, and frontman Robert Smith's depression fueling the album's musical and lyrical content. Pornography represents the conclusion of the Cure's early dark, gloomy musical phase, which began with their second album Seventeen Seconds (1980).Following its release, bassist Simon Gallup left the band, and the Cure switched to a much brighter and more radio-friendly new wave sound. Although it was poorly received by critics at the time of release, Pornography was the Cure's most popular album to date, reaching number eight on the UK Albums Chart. It has since gone on to gain acclaim from critics, and is now considered an important milestone in the development of the style of music known as gothic rock.

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3.27

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5538

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
  • Indie
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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Dense with atmosphere - jagged guitar loops, foreboding synth drones, vocal echoes, distorted field/media recordings. Lyrics express paranoia and dread - "I must fight this sickness." Initially what strikes me most is the drum sound. Sparse, driving, machine-like, repetitive, urgent. In this regard, it seems to borrow from Joy Division. This album is not a feel-good crowd pleaser and I'm instantly in love.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Never heard this album, never listened to The Cure. Horror, hatred, misanthrope, nihilism, pessimism, sadism, despair. My kind of music. Synth goth rock in a Götterdämmerung frame of mind. I think Richard Wagner would have appreciated this. Musical settings emphasize minor keys, heavy echo, driving rhythms, haunting sustain—a perfect vehicle for the grim and even deranged lyrics. Makes me want to go out and get my eyebrows pierced. Speaking of the lyrics, they are suitably dark and dreary, but at times border on the trite. They tap into the lyricist’s horror, but not quite the listeners’. Robert Smith’s lead vocals are limited in range and flat in pitch and timbre. He’s not really a singer, but he is depressing, and I suppose that’s the point. Melodies and chord structures are rather repetitive. The most impressive musician in the group is Lol Tolhurst on drums. Guitar work (Smith) is disciplined but lacking in virtuosity. Good execution of synthesized colorings, tremendously enhancing the dark mood. By the end of the album, Smith’s vocals become monotonous—literally and figuratively. Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Nirvana do this kind of music much better. Impressionable adolescents who listen to too much of The Cure risk a serious contraction of their intellectual horizons—but it’s still great fun if one doesn’t take The Cure’s deathly seriousness too seriously. But overall, a good album. A really cool album. I’m glad I heard something by The Cure before my death—an event which, in the mood of this album, is to be languidly embraced. There’s your Pornography. 3/5

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Fri Nov 13 2020
5

Picking up where the great Joy Division left off, The Cure isn't exactly Joy Division or any of their post punk godfathers for that matter. Modeled after the despairing bass lines and repetitive drum rhythms that took over depressed alternative scenes in the late 70s, Pornography opts for a little more lustre or sex appeal. Whereas something like JD's Closer seems grounded in philosophies, Pornography seems more for the fan of Edgar Allan Poe with its exciting but ultimately brutal and irrational twists and turns. It's all about the contrast of the bright with the dark. Robert Smith, true to the album's title, defiles love and all of life's pleasures being brought further into despair. The album takes a few listens to come together but once it does you appreciate how well it falls apart. The album is collapsing in on itself, becoming irreparably distorted by Cold and the title track Pornography to the point of not even sounding like conscious melodrama anymore. Yet, in the hardly musical wreck that is Pornography, Robert Smith's ultimate conclusion is that he must "fight this sickness" even as it numbers him and envelopes him whole.

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Mon Oct 19 2020
5

Dark, moody, rhythmic

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Tue Jan 26 2021
2

I want to like this be use I know it’s culturally important but man it’s a bit of a chore so far. Cold is interesting Listening more and I still don’t really feel it. Oh well

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Tue Oct 26 2021
2

Maybe I've been jaded by the era of Softbois™️ but I can't listen to The Cure without fear of a man in Doctor Martens brogues busting through the wall like the Kool-Aid guy to tell me that I just *have* to try this new craft beer and also, actually, it's feminist of him to ask me for pictures of my tits

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

the album just gets better and better as you listen; it has such heady, enthralling, blood-pumping beats. it's wicked and haunting and like a magical chant.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Getting some influence from early 70s prog rock. This would still be fantastic and big if released today. But it's a fantastic step between the rock of our parents and modern rock. It maybe the missing link of music.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

The Cure are known for making music to feel sad to. Considering only that, this might probably be the most Cure album there is. It's certainly not the most accessible one if you're just in the middle of a regular day; but the feelings, the talent, the passion, and everything that makes an album great is here. If what you're looking for is just a slightly gloomy album, you'd be better off listening to Disintegration, but if you're having a bad day and just want something to go along with it, it doesn't get any better than this. And the drums, oh, the drums.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
4

I LOVED the guitar on this album, the melodies were insidious and infectious. Some songs tended to overstay their welcome with their lack of movement, but overall a great album

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

According to Robert Smith it was either he makes this album or he was to commits suicide and you can hear it. This album is heavy and feels like drowning in tar. Fueled by LSD and booze, it really does sound like something you write while in the deepest pit of depression but you decided to fight your way out of it. This is Smith's fuck you album and it hasn't lost any of its raw violent edge.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Holy shit that’s depressing! Will listen if I ever want to kill myself

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Honestly every song kinda sounded the same... I was enjoying it at the beginning and then the album kinda droned on with the same feel in each song. Favorite Tracks: “The Hanging Garden” and “The Figurehead”

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Sat Jul 03 2021
2

Not bad but not great either. Too goth and emo for me, I can only take it in small doses. If you're into that kind of depressive music then you'll enjoy it.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Most artists who touch abjection in a song do so in the middle of or across an entire album. The arc of this album, on the other hand, is from low to low. No one sounds quite like The Cure, either. The pace is perfect, the bass tone especially is perfect, and the dark is bone-chilling.

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Wed Oct 28 2020
5

fucking great

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

I liked how dark this album was. I thought the Cure was lighter and they do have lighter albums (as I learned after I listened to this one) but I LOVED this and it made me a huge fan of the Cure. I heard a lot of sounds that had to have inspired future bands such as R.E.M.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Fabulous album, completely different side to them from their best of and definitely makes me more interested in them

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

a hot n spicy listen that broods with seething menace

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Goth touchstone. So good.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

wow great album seemed like i was about to have a bad fucking trip though, but that was what i liked about it

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Fire

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

La verdad lo disfruté mucho, en todos sus sonidos, esa parte ruidosa y la voz desesperada de Robert Smith. Es uno de esos discos en los que se puede sentir el sufrimiento, por decirlo de alguna forma. Sonaría muy bien en una reunión de amigos melancólicos o con ansiedad. Las 8 canciones me gustaron, pero si tuviera que elegir un top, para mí se conforma de "A Short Term Effect", "The Hanging Garden" y el gran cierre: "Pornography". Igual y como hay películas de terror, este es un poco un álbum de terror. 10/10

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Ich kann gut nachvollziehen, wie man diese Band über alle anderen stellt (was ich selbst immer noch nicht tue), verstehe aber wirklich niemanden, der nicht wenigstens ein bisschen Cure-Fan ist. Hier drin ist wirklich alles angelegt – für das Cure’sche Werk selbst, aber auch schon als Steinbruch für die ganzen anderen Superstars ihrer Generation und im ganz weiten Sinne Szene, die sich hier hörbar bedient haben: Depeche Mode, New Order, die Smiths (!) – vom gemeinsamen Sterben in Autos über Bassläufe, Synth-Gitarren: Robert Smith kann ihnen allen immer sinister von schräg unten hoch ins Licht grinsend zurufen: „been there, done that“. Überhaupt glaube ich, dass Robert die besten Alpträume hat, und er schafft es wie echt kein anderer das 1:1 auf Band zu bekommen. Und auch wenn ich persönlich (bis jetzt) z.B. Disintegration noch ein bisschen besser finde (weil poppiger, schwebender, taumelnder): das hier kann ja gar nicht anders als volle Punktzahl zu bekommen, in Form von 4,7.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

5* because Simon Gallup is a Reading fan. Also. They're just great in general.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Amo a The Cure. Sobretodo su etapa pre-pop. Esto por razones meramente personales (me gusta mucho azotarme). Este disco creo que es la cumbre de esa trilogía oscura ( Seventeen Seconds, Faith y Pornography). Me parece que recrea muy bien las posibilidades sónicas de un mal viaje. Un disco ácido hecho con unas buenas tabletas de por medio. Es sicodélico pero en la versión del otro lado del espejo. Muy opresivo, borroso como la portada pero extremadamente pop también. El pop que al menos me gusta a mí, el que me descoloca, el miserable, el que es posible cantar o bailar sintiéndote de la verga pero que no te aleja de ese sentimiento. No es escapista, habita el malestar. O algo así. Es brutal. The Hanging Garden marea. Es intenso. Hay un buen artículo sobre The Cure del Mark Fisher por si quieren clavarse más. Lo he escuchado muchas veces al borde del colapso mental, creo que también veo reflejos de eso en la música. En fin, me encanta. También lo quiero en vinil.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

depresivamente hermoso

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

I just love this sound. The haunting atmosphere that it creates is amazing.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

U visećem vrtu dajem ovdje cenera

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

bad word

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

just ok

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Sat Sep 25 2021
5

Sempre que torno al rock gòtic em porto alegries, malgrat l'aparent contradicció. I aquesta és una de les cimes del génere: percusió repetitva, baix opressiu, riffs de guitarra genials i la veu tan característica de Robert Smith. No és només la seva qualitat i originalitat, és que aquesta tercera part de la 'trilogia obscura', la més fosca i depressiva de les tres, és una obra mestra, que viu fora del temps i de l'espai

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

10/10 damn i gotta listen to more of this band

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

5 stars for sure.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

Beautifully dark and strong without being dramatic and overpowering. The drums especially after fantastic throughout. It's a bit repetitive but that's not a problem when it's all great.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Dark, swirling madness. Normally I dislike the 80s tunnel production, but I think it really adds to the vibe the record is going for. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Looking for reasons to not give this a five, and I couldn't find any. Favorite tracks: "One Hundred Years", "Pornography", "Siamese Twins"

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Arger Sound - Schlagzeug radikal, überall hall drauf. Bedrückend - Kalt - Nihilistisch. Hat nichts aber auch gar nichts mit Friday I'm in Love und boys don't cry zu tun. Teilweise richtig unheimlich. Mega spannend - nimmt mich voll mit. Top Songs: Cold, One hundert years, pornography

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Draži mi je Desitegration kao album. Klasična saga Kid A vs OK computer. Što znači da mi je i ovo savršen album.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

One of the darkest, coldest albums I've ever heard. Absolutely brilliant

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Takes me back to those moody days as a teenager. Perfect goth shoe gazing classic

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Absolutely brilliant

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

This one gives Disintegration a run for its money in the moribund stakes. Millions of sad goths united listening to this album, no doubt finding a kinship lost to them in the isolation of whatever suburban hell they were living. What I love about this album is that it is rawer sounding Cure with Robert Smith and co. crafting almost a concept album around depression. With only Hanging Garden (one of my Favourites) sounding even remotely like a single this is vastly different to most other Cure albums which usually contained a radio friendly pop hit or two. I can hear the influence of Krautrock and Joy Division on this album and the fact that this album influenced every dark wave band to follow. While Pornography isn't my favourite Cure album, it's darkness a bit to hard to handle sometimes it is one of the most cohesive and best works

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

This album was an unexpected pleasure. The tracks all have an eerie, menacing and foreboding atmosphere. I would describe it as ambient, industrial, psychedelic and relentless. It's another good example where repetition is used to good effect. Great music doesn't have to be pretty and this dark gothic sounding album is the proof. Fabulous from start to finish.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

A firm favourite when I was a young teen back in NZ, previous albums were also classics, Excellent

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

good shit plata hlustaði ogeðslega mikið a hana 5 stjörnur

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

For those who don't know, Townsville is a tropical city, definitely not conducive to wearing long coats. Nevertheless, in 1985, I discovered that the West End hotel was the home of the city's goth scene. Both music is the best dance music, without question, as far as I'm concerned. It manages to have a hypnotic, insistent beat, while escaping the utter boredom and repetition of '70s disco, EDM, etc. Whenever they played a song I didn't know, but really liked, there was an excellent chance it came from this great album. When you find out that it was recorded while they consumed vast quantities of alcohol and drugs, while Smith has stated he was suicidally depressed, it is no surprise this album is considered the beginning of goth rock. When they toured it was the first appearance of the big hair and make up that symbolised goth. A wall of thundering noise that thrills me like few other albums.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Production = Great

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Bleak. Brilliant. One of the best opening tracks of any album ever.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Batman walks into a bar with a pig... It was a hot summers day and the barman thinks it's a strange sight, not to just see Batman, but to see him with a pig that has jet black hair, black eye shadow and studded bracelets. The barman says "Is there anything I can get you Batman?" He replies "Just-ice for goth-ham"

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

"Sing out loud We all die Laughing into the fire"

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Absolute 5. For a long time my fave album by The Cure. It's too dark for me to enjoy any more.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

The last truly great Cure album? Possibly.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

awesome

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Tue May 03 2022
5

gateway dirge

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Sometimes this is my favorite Cure album. It’s also the first album I remember playing drums along to as a kid.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Jo meir trist Smithern e, jo meir glad blir eg

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Love

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Very dark and atmospheric, nothing like what you would expect from the more mainstream, pop like songs that the cure later released. That being said this is still probably my favourite Cure album and definitely deserves its place

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Oh, so you think YOU'RE depressed? You've got nothing on this.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Moody, dark. Rhythmic drumming that you feel in your body. Easy to listen to, I like this one.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

5*. Just what this lost needed

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Ten stars for a masterpiece.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

The original emo rock group. Hadn’t heard any of these tracks! Awesome!

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Pure ecstasy. Not a dull moment here, this album paints a very bleak picture throughout. Probably my favourite Cure album, or close against Disintegration. Favourite Tracks: All Overall Grade: 5/5

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Oh boy, it's gonna be one of those kinds of days... I love The Cure but I haven't spent a lot of time with this whole album. To prepare I decided to start with "Charlotte Sometimes" since that was the single that preceded the album but didn't make it on. Great track, you can feel the angst and sorrow emanating from it. Excited to dive in... UPDATE: This was a truly phenomenal record! I think I'm going to go right through a second time. The way the final track unravels, you could call THIS album "Disintegration." Everything is just so dark yet vibrant, very much a haunted record. The beat for One Hundred Years is subtle yet oppressive; it really drags you right into the uneasiness of the guitars and lyrics. UPDATE 2: I listened to this album three times today. Love it! Definitely my favorite The Cure record.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

The Cure decided \"we make long dreary songs, so let's only put on a few to be less cumbersome\" and, frankly it worked.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Simply one of the best albums by one of the best bands.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

好听

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

I really enjoy The Cure when they are new wavy and poppy but I especially love them when they are dark, psychedelic and a little scary.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

I don’t think that there’s another album that I was so sure that was going to be on this list that I had never heard before. “Like Lou Reed’s Berlin and David Bowie’s Low, it’s an album that requires a few years of music history to pass in order to be appreciated.” That’s mighty high praise. Seems accurate.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Dank , dreary and depressing. A solo exploration of what it was like to be of an age where the crushing realisation of responsibility was approaching. Not my thing but appreciated the fragile beauty of the melodies.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Classique PREFS: TOUT MOINS PREF: RIEN

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

I’ve always been a fan of the Cure. Great album.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

One of my wife's favorite albums gets played pretty regularly in our house

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Wed Oct 28 2020
4

ahhhh I wasn't paying much attentionnnnnnnnn it sounded good but dark.

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Tue Dec 15 2020
4

Amazinf album the cure is goated 8,8/10

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Good record

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Very dark and melodramatic. Liked the opening track, "Siamese Twins".

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Surprised by how much I liked it. Dark pre new wavy cure

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Good listen. I remembered some of these songs but had never heard the entire album.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Not my favorite album from The Cure but a good listen nonetheless.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

This is the kind of Cure that I like, not so much the more new-wavey stuff. This albums feels like it came from resentment and pain. Gleefully miserable. Also more experimental than I was expecting, which was pleasing.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Aunque parezca raro creo que este es el disco más oscuro de the cure en muchos sentidos. La música es lúgubre, las letras son sombrías y crudas

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Great!

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Good music. Not the best to be listening to over Sunday brunch, just a lil grim.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Awesome 80s.vibes

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

I have never heard this one before. It definitely sounds like they are still developing their “sound”. I understand why it came up in this list. I would have to listen to more before I could find songs I like. Nothing reaches out to me like other artists and songs in the past.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

#2 behind disintegration

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Siempre he tenido una relación extraña con la música de The Cure. El género del goth como tal me agrada bastante en muchos otros grupos y ellos creo tienen merecido su lugar. Su música por un lado tiene muchos sencillos que musicalmente suenan casi a pop y por otro pueden estar entre los mejores para dar variación emocional y ponerse la camiseta del género. Este es creo un disco bastante dificil y no es para nada de sorprenderse que cuando haya salido no hubiera pegado ni tantito. Aquí no hay un solo sencillo, no hay casi variación tonal, todo el disco sale de un pozo de desesperación y depresión. Las letras tienen a una persona que se siene incapaz de volver a sentir felicidad, lleno de autodestrucción y como si fueran su última declaración al mundo. En realidad se siente como si fuera una foto del punto más bajo en la vida de Robert Smith. Se toman esas letras y se pegan a una música que de verdad te desgasta, el bajo y la batería podrían ser los mismos en cada canción que no te das cuenta. La guitarra simple siempre discordante al resto de la música y la voz atascada de eco. El disco debiera ser aburrido pero de alguna forma todo se mezcla en algo casi empoderante, casi a decirte "mira que tan bajo se puede caer, da gracias de no estar ahí." De nuevo, no es un disco agradable ni facil, se siente el combustible de drogas, alcohol y depresión del que salió y el bajo estado mental en su creación. Sin embargo quizá justo es esto lo que debería de ser este género y menos "Friday I'm in Love." Amalgama de tortura que puede a veces sentirse indulgente pero es preciso en ser un proyecto grande de rock gótico.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Chilling, ethereal, and sometimes hypnotic - this is a good first look at a genre that has been much imitated since this release, but in the opinion of these fresh ears, not replicated. STANDOUTS: -One Hundred Years -The Hanging Garden -The Figurehead -A Strange Day -Cold

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was good.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Nice blast from the past and to reminisce about high school. Definitely different from the Cure everyone (thinks) they know, me included.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Depressive self-indulgence; less fun than the album name suggests. Music is still awesome. 8

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Das titelgebende Stück ganz zum Schluss ist schon irre großes Tennis, verstörend, lauernd, droney. Und dabei ist es nicht das einzige Highlight in einer an Hits armen dafür aber fast durchgängig hochkarätigen Songauswahl. Gitarren zerschneiden mehrere Schichten wabernden Trockeneisnebel, Drums unmenschlich monoton eben doch menschlich leidenschaftlich und immer mit einem klein-perkussiven Extra-Kniff; die Eskalation in den Strukturen und eine wirklich großartige Stimm-Modulation flößt selbst nüchtern ein sehnsüchtelnd Bauchgefühl nach heftigem Rausch ein. Das ist irgendwie schon das Beste, was Dark Wave kann. Headphones please! 4.1

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Alright, very chill emo Vibe

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Nunca he entendido el fandom extremo que causó The Cure en las culturas underground, por así decirlo, a mí me parece poco entrañable y no me atraen sus ocasionales sonidos sucios, quizás porque es un poco como lo que me pasa con Lana del Rey en el pop, quizás si le bajaran un poco al clonazepam más frecuentemente me llamarían más. Por otras parte, el disco tiene sonidos interesantes para mi antigua alma gótica y me recordó a una crush de la prepa a la que le gustaba mucho esta banda. Canción favorita: The Hanging Garden, porque es la que tiene un ritmito más pegajoso según yo. mood: con el litio al cien, pero recostado en un lecho de muerte.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

decent but pretty weird. 7+

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

dark as fuck, but really enjoyed that. will listen again.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Excellent!

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

bacaninha (jack bauer nao curtiu)

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

did listen

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

E' stato un ascolto impegnativo ma che mi è piaciuto e sono un fan della produzione. Lo stile canoro è al limite per me ma comunque funzionale alla musica. Sicuramente è un disco che riascolterò spesso.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

In Conclusione: Aspettavo un po' il momento in cui avrei incrociato i The Cure su 1001 perché sono un gruppo che non ho mai approfondito, che mi ha sempre intrigato e che però quando ho incrociato con qualche pezzo di solito mi ha deluso. Dall'aspetto, dal nome, da come ne parlano i fan m'ero sempre fatto un'idea dei The Cure ma poi quando mi capitava di sentire dei pezzi erano molto diversi da quello che mi sarai aspettato... ma non questo album! Finalmente i The Cure hanno un senso per me. Devo dire che l'ho apprezzato davvero molto, col tono dark e un po' marcio che mi aspettavo e che non ho mai ritrovato. Stilisticamente è un blend davvero molto interessante e personale di influenze ed è impossibile non sentire come poi a loro volta hanno influenzato una generazione di musicisti venuti dopo di loro. La produzione non è il massimo forse ma non per i soliti motivi anni '80 (o forse sì?). Forse i suoni elettronici sono un po' acerbi ma è difficile capire se fosse intenzionale, sicuramente oggi avrebbe avuto un'altra estetica. Comunque so contento di aver trovato pace coi The Cure.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

So this led me to the album before this from the Cure which I liked more, but I thought the cure sad tones really come through here

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Thu May 27 2021
4

So doom-y and quite a bit gloomy. They're all just so genuinely affected and the music just drones on and on and somehow becomes more all encompassing. Like a hug from a demon. Real goth stuff.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

the cure fans when they google pornography not my favorite cure album but solid enough

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Thu May 06 2021
4

sounds like the talking heads if they were trying to not sound like the talking heads. also has a similar but unique sound to molchat doma. good album, added one of the songs to my playlists.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

I'm not that big a fan of The Cure, didn't knew any of the songs of the album, but it's quite interesting. Somehow raw, feels kind of unfinished sometimes, but overall is nice.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Plenty of classic cure angst but lacks the hooks of other records. Still a great moody and atmospheric record though

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

The first Cure song I ever fell in love with was "Burn" from the Crow soundtrack, and this whole album sounds like that, so I am very much on board. Digging the abject gothiness of the whole thing. Fave track - "The Hanging Garden", perhaps, or "A Short Term Effect". I like this album as an album, though, rather than discrete tracks.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Excellent Cure offering. It captures the melancholy perfectly. Not my favorite from the trilogy cure album, but it is still a remarkable piece of work.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Le pongo 4 estrellas por lo que significa. No es que me haya parecido espectacular, pero cuando terminó el disco Spotify se siguió con rolas similares y me puse a pensar que este disco es parte de la base para un gran capítulo en la base de la historia musical global. Amén.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Ovo je u top 3 definitivno najboljih The Cure albuma. Tako mračan, ritmičan, depresivan, hladan album, ujedno pun ljepote ako se to može tako i navesti. Ako si fan ovog benda, ovaj album moraš ispoštivati.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Sad boy hours. I like it.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Wow. This was really good. A great sonic journey. 4 stars.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Really unsure what to rate this, I think its probably better than I give it credit for m, but Jesus it's dour. Will have to come back to this again one day

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

The Cure before they discovered the playfulness that gave them hit singles.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Another Cure Album, much darker than Disintegration, but still fantastic.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

I love the Cure and it's really easy to get lost within any of their albums. Pornography is brilliant, though no my personal fav. I do struggle with the title track though (not the best ending to an album)

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Dark and moody, a fabulous album from start to finish, with Robert Smith’s characteristic vocals present throughout. Musically more down tempo than it’s sister album, Seventeen Seconds, but showcasing the band as they rise to become a global presence. Top tracks: One Hundred Years, The Hanging Garden, Cold

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Another overlooked band by me, the Cure is great

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Heftiger Sound

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Liked it more than I thought I would. I might actually like The Cure.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

The force of the rhythm section is honestly breathtaking

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Jesus, just go see a therapist. Best track: Cold

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Much better than I expected. I appreciate the darker notes.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Really liked this album. Had only listened previously to a handful of tracks by The Cure. Especially liked The Hanging Garden. Album was a bit dark and moody with great instrumentals.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Thought I knew it and didn't like it, that 1980s one TWO three FOUR drum beat on a few tracks was annoying, I'd probably enjoy a remixed version. However after repeated listens decided it was quite good.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Great stuff from The Cure, one of their darker, bleaker records

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Good, but you definitely need to be in the right frame of mind to get this one.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Love The Cure. Just have a place in my music heart for that darkness. Had not listened to this album, and it has a different feel than the overly played "LoveSong", "friday I'm in love", "just like heaven" type of tracks mostly associated with them. Definitely enjoyed.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Much darker than I thought it would be - the album felt more of an overall mood than any specific standout tracks, I enjoyed it.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

A great vocalist and a great sound. You're transported away to a forest of danger and melancholy. Great stuff

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Goth, man :(

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Introductions to The Cure are mostly their brighter and more jovial offerings. "Pornography" however is a bit dark and moody with a seriousness throughout. In a way, one almost wonders if this was The Cure at all as nearly all subsequent releases were brighter, more in-line with the decade trends. With that in mind, this album is incredible albeit the subject matter indicating a certain depth that should be uncomfortable. Misery loves company, and misery may in fact love this album.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Dark. Gloomy. Synthy. Really good. 8-9/10

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Opener sets the tone, with just wicked, haunting guitars and drums so distant in the mix, like they were recorded down the hall in another room. A little less droning, a bit more melodic and touch more energetic than Seventeen Seconds. Still brooding but not as comprehensive a gloomfest. Is this record to emo what Gregorian Chant is to contemporary classical music? 3.65 but a reluctant 4 due to lack of hits and because their best work was still ahead.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

If this is the cure, what was the disease?

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

I just cannot stop wanking to this. Fuck me, my dick hurts. Somebody stop me. Don't stop me. I need this to feel alive.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

As the darkness fell across the land so began his descent into the deep well of desolation. His love that once had been the shining beacon for his life has become the crimson eye of despair. Yeah, go to Whitby, listen to some cure and write some gothy shit. Only saw about 10 goths while I was in goth central, half of them were Japanese so could just have been baby metal fans and one of the goths I saw was mooching round in a pair of knee high boots and a pair of Kecks that left half her arse hanging out. Quite the juxtaposition with the scent of fish and chips and the penny slot casinos.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

A classic!

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Zornography

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Grr… mom brought me the wrong dip sauce for my chicken nuggies… she just doesn’t GET me… goth 4 life

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

HarD

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Yooo

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

really enjoyed it. the instrumentals are great.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Siamese twins and the caterpillar were highlights.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

I love the Cure. I had the chance to see them at B'ham Uni in 1980 and didn't take it, and have regretted it ever since.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

This is some dark stuff

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

The epitome of gothic rock. It's full of anxiety and dread, with creepy and romantic lyrics, Robert Smith's yearning voice filled with desperation and chaos, and a wall of stressful noise that overwhelms you. Excellent synths and use of feedback and sustains, creating a haunting atmosphere that seems to drag on for eternity. Huge Joy Division vibes. It's fast paced and full of engaging sounds; you can dance to many of these tracks. Tracks are the perfect length for their theme, being slightly longer than your average pop tracks. Yet there's only 8 tracks, and they're all strong entries. The more accessible tracks are in the first half, but it only takes a few listens to appreciate the genius behind them all. "Cold" is probably the darkest song I've ever heard... that drumming is so hollow, and with the ice imagery, it sounds like they're playing in a fantasy-esque dark ice castle. I can't be the only one who finds the abruptness of the closer really unsettling.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

J’aime vraiment de plus en plus The Cure. Un peu répétitif par moment, mais les sonorités et les ambiances sont vraiment intéressantes. C’est drôle que le début de Siamese Twins ait été réutilisé sur Pictures of You sur Desintegration. J’ai l’impression aussi que le riff a été réutilisé sur un autre album plus tard pour être développé autrement, mais je ne trouve pas où ce matin.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

Does not work as pornography.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

Great album but not exactly one to take you to your happy place. Unless, of course, your happy place involves chronic depression and a debilitating drug habit.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Uh saattaa olla kakkossuosikki Curen levyistä Faithin jälkeen. Tunnelma on vaan upea.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Tosi solid albumikokonaisuus. Bändille ominainen soundi kantaa koko julkaisun läpi. The Hanging Garden on vitun upee styge. Vaatis ehkä jonku kunnon goottivaiheen että rakastuisin Cureen täysillä vielä enemmän. 4/5

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Muito bom.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

The influence of Joy Division is strong here. This album is a look at the Cure before they embraced a more upbeat New Wave style. Pornography is driving, dense, and foreboding. Robert Smiths languid delivery and depressing lyrics add to the oppressive mood of this album. The musicianship is subdued but almost like a wall of droning looping sounds.

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Tue May 10 2022
4

Dark, gloomy, eerie, scary. This album has to be my definition and picture of the whole Goth scene of the 80's. This is The Cure's fourth studio album and apparently found them not in good shape (drug use, depression (suicidal thoughts), fighting, member leaving). I guess you know where you're headed when the first lyric on the album is "it doesn't matter if we all die." This album did not get great reviews when it came out but in retrospect, has been recognized much more favorable and as one of their best. I admit to not listening to this album until the 1990's when The Cure were well established. To me, they went darker and more gloomy than what Joy Division did on "Closer" and eventually fine-tuned this atmosphere along with their in-between pop sounding experience and songs to make 1989's "Disintergration." Every song is dark and creates its intended atmosphere. "The Hanging Graden", the only single off the album, has a tumbling bass and drumbeat and kind of a searing guitar and is a song they have trouble playing live since they can't re-create the sound. "Siamese Twins" is maybe the best song example of the album's mood and is one of the best uses of a song in any TV show for an episode of "The Americans." "A Strange Day" is the most pop-oriented song on the album with great layered-guitars. Don't know why this wasn't the single? I appeciate this album with each additional listen especially considering where the band went in the future. Without that reference, I'm not sure how I would have interpreted this.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Now I get why The Cure is considered one of the most important post-punk bands on par with Joy Division

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Tue May 24 2022
4

Legal

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Tue May 31 2022
4

Pounding (yet distant) drums, chorused bass, slathered in reverb, this album is the blueprint for proper 80s goth. The last in the Cure’s trilogy of gloom-rock, this is the album where Robert Smith leans most heavily into his depression, to create what is probably the ur-text of miserabilism. Ironically, having got it out of his system, he starts producing more pop-like and up-tempo material, albeit with a dark edge and morbid sense of humour, leaving a flock of pale imitators in his wake. Not a lot of humour on this one though, it is bleak, bleak, bleak. Which can make is a dreary listen if you ain’t in the mood, but relatable if you are. This is, to my mind, the album that comes close to the true sound of depression. It never builds up too much energy, although it starts as foreboding and builds into overwhelming angst. Noisy, insistent, and anxious, it a smoothed out with a sheen of synth washes and digital reverb to be both spacious and claustrophobic. I used to listen to this a lot when I was 20, but haven’t spun it in a long long time, probably because I choose not to wallow in depression if I can help it, and this album invokes those feelings all too effectively.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Decent. I think I prefer less of the cure though. They've created brilliant music, but one can be overwhelmed.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Bleak. Dark. Depressing. Brilliant

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

Absolutely stunning and timeless album for being released so early into the 80s. The miracle of this LP is how it defines some of the musical tropes of the decade (see espec. the Cure's trademark chorus-based guitar tones) without making itself a relic of the time – one or two instrumental aspects of each song will date the track to the 80s, but once the full mix prevails that quickly becomes forgotten. Couple this with stunningly dark melodic compositions and proto-gaze wall-of-sound production and you have an album that is both a product of its time and yet timeless in itself. My only complaint here would be that runtimes could be a bit tighter, as each track could cut about a minute to heighten impact, but overall this still stands miles above other LPs of its time.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Great album.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

One of The Cure's best. Great record!

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Slaps. Always down for The Cure

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Dark and slaps

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

ikkje min favoritt cure-album, men fortsatt bra

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Depressing, dark, evil, with the obligatory song about animals having sex. Yup, this is classic gothic rock. Honestly, it's kind of incredible how something so off-putting and dark can be made actually listenable and enjoyable. (At least for certain people. I definitely don't blame anyone who dislikes this sort of sound)

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

LP

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Decent stuff

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

Good 8/10

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

Cure being the Cure. Not my favorite I've heard from them, but still, nothing quite scratches that gloom-and-doomy itch like them.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Smith doubling down on the Joy Division legacy. I hear so many parallels. There are about three great songs on this and the rest is a slog. Not my favourite Cure record by a long stretch, but it's not actually bad. Just hard work. 3.5 rounded up I guess.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Pounding (yet distant) drums, chorused bass, slathered in reverb, this album is the blueprint for proper 80s goth. The last in the Cure’s trilogy of gloom-rock, this is the album where Robert Smith leans most heavily into his depression, to create what is probably the ur-text of miserabilism. Ironically, having got it out of his system, he starts producing more pop-like and up-tempo material, albeit with a dark edge and morbid sense of humour, leaving a flock of pale imitators in his wake. Not a lot of humour on this one though, it is bleak, bleak, bleak. Which can make is a dreary listen if you ain’t in the mood, but relatable if you are. This is, to my mind, the album that comes close to the true sound of depression. It never builds up too much energy, although it starts as foreboding and builds into overwhelming angst. Noisy, insistent, and anxious, it a smoothed out with a sheen of synth washes and digital reverb to be both spacious and claustrophobic. I used to listen to this a lot when I was 20, but haven’t spun it in a long long time, probably because I choose not to wallow in depression if I can help it, and this album invokes those feelings all too effectively.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Oh man, I love this album. It’s been too long.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

7/10

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Misery loves company, hair spray and lipstick. It must have taken a lot of effort to be this miserable. Best Tracks: One Hundred Years; Siamese Twins; A Strange Day

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

There are few singers out there capable of conveying despair and helplessness in the same way as Robert Smith. And rarely is he more present than on this record. And oh my, does his guitar sound absolutely amazing as always? If you’re used to only listening to The Cure’s more uptempo and (used with quite a bit of restraint) “joyful” later material, Pornography is extremely bleak - as perfectly illustrated by the brutally sparse “Siamese Twins”. This is by no means their most accessible or easy album; but I think that actually makes it that much greater.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

What a testament to the absurd quality and depth of The Cure's discography that not a single of my Top 10 Cure tracks are on this record. Despite it being one of their strongest. The songs are grandiose, Smiths vocals desperate, and the lyrics gloomy as ever.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

4/5 The hanging garden ist ein banger

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Cool music, very evil sounding :)

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

I enjoyed the dark, moody, and immersive sound, so this to me is a record that's better listened to in it's entirety during a single sitting. I don't know if some songs stand strong on their own, a couple tracks only get pulled up by the standouts surrounding them - like A Strange Day and Cold. As a very casual, singles-only listener of The Cure, I can't help but think that they have material that's much better than this. Still giving it four stars though, if only for that atmosphere it provides.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Hadn't listened to this in years. As dense as I remember but really enjoyed it.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Listened Before? N It's incredible to me that these guys have been around so long and making music that is consistently quality, and in some cases influential for the entire time. We all get older, the Cure is timeless. I've never heard this album before, but they're so consistent this could have been released in 1992 or 2002 instead of 1982. I enjoyed it! Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: A Strange Day

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

This is awesome

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

The third and gloomiest of their gloom trilogy (17 seconds, faith, this) I saw them on this tour and boy they did not look or sound happy. The first side of this takes some time to get going, but by the time of The Figureheard you are definitely there. Couldn't possibly top this, so pop singles it was next.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Iconic. Cure always wins.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

This album was terrific! Although it is not my personal favorite group of Cure songs (for example, I could listen to All Cats are Grey all day), it is very good. I think almost any Cure album is a four for me! Having seen them live in the last couple years, it now brings back memories of that wonderful evening outside listening to some of my very favorite musicians.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

3.5/5 good dark rock, but vocals can be annoying

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

bhe' The Cure cosa dire.... in macchina di notte sarebbe perfetta. Dark, voce figa, un po' simili ma l'album dura poco

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

great album. so much going on and took me back to my youth

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

82/10”

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

Considering how close the Cure came to imploding during the recording of Pornography, it’s a wonder they managed to produce anything listenable, let alone an album so expansive and gorgeously melancholic. Special mention goes to Lol Tolhurst’s propulsive drumming.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

4,5

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

I've always enjoyed The Cure's big songs, don't know if they're all singles but have never fell in love with a whole album. I like both early goth Cure and pop Cure, this is obviously the former. Though people bang on about Disintegration and I'm the same with that, just the big songs please. The atmosphere created here is the first thing to hit you. The bass, Smith's voice, the lyrics, the repetitive slow drums. Doom, doom, doom. I think if it carried on like Side A I'd have to turn it off as it would be too much. But with The Figurehead and Strange Days the mood lightens just enough, musically.

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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

This was dope

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

kinda slow but i'm not mad at it. really liked "one hundred years" and "cold". can see how this influenced artists.

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