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Pornography

The Cure

1982

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Pornography

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3.27

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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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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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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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5

Dark, moody, rhythmic

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

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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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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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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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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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5

fucking great

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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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5

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

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5

a hot n spicy listen that broods with seething menace

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5

Goth touchstone. So good.

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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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Fire

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

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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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depresivamente hermoso

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5

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

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U visećem vrtu dajem ovdje cenera

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bad word

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5

just ok

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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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5

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

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5

5 stars for sure.

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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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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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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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Absolutely brilliant

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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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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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5

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

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good shit plata hlustaði ogeðslega mikið a hana 5 stjörnur

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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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5

Production = Great

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5

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

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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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5

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

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5

The last truly great Cure album? Possibly.

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5

awesome

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5

gateway dirge

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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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4

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

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4

Amazinf album the cure is goated 8,8/10

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4

Good record

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4

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

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

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4

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

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4

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

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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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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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4

Great!

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4

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

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4

Awesome 80s.vibes

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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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#2 behind disintegration

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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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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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4

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

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

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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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Alright, very chill emo Vibe

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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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decent but pretty weird. 7+

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

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Excellent!

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bacaninha (jack bauer nao curtiu)

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did listen

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4

Sad boy hours. I like it.

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

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

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4

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

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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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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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4

Another overlooked band by me, the Cure is great

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Heftiger Sound

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

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4

The force of the rhythm section is honestly breathtaking

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

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4

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

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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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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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4

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

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

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

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4

Goth, man :(

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

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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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If this is the cure, what was the disease?

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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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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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A classic!

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Zornography

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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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HarD

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Yooo

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really enjoyed it. the instrumentals are great.

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Siamese twins and the caterpillar were highlights.

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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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This is some dark stuff

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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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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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Does not work as pornography.

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

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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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Muito bom.

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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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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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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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Legal

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

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Bleak. Dark. Depressing. Brilliant

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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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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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Vaguely unsettling at times, but very deeply impactful. 3.5, leaning towards 4.

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hn

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Bem legalzinho

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det här var ändå bra. ett skönt driv gör att de lite längre låtarna fungerar bra utan att bli tjatiga. kanske en fyra om jag hade lyssnat fler gånger.

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Love porn

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Not that familiar with this record, but it's great. Really dark and twisted. 3.4

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Fine

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Exactly what I expected from the cure. Meh

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First song was pretty good, rest of the album i was a bit bored with :/

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The jump from lofi goth to Moody New Wave excellence is under way, with this acting as an exciting meeting of those two sides of the band.

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The Cure is always a bit odd sounding to me.

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Felt a little weird/meh at the start but it grew on me

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LSD + mental illness about sums it up

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5

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Claustrophobic and very goth, poor Robert Smith should've tried some mindfulness instead of subjecting me to that. Closing track is weird and disorientating. Didn't hate it

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pretty shoegazy experimental. not what i expected

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Solid album but not really my style. The entire album was quite dark and grim which makes sense for a goth band but I very much prefer the more upbeat singles by The Cure.

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I imagine if I was a little older and grew up listening to Cure as an adolescent I would be very into it, but it feels dark in a way that I (surprisingly) cannot connect with. I can respect it, but doesn't do much for me.

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I do like the cure but this isn't my favorite album by them. Was interesting to see they talked to Conny Plank about producing but it didn't come to pass. I'd bet if he did produce this album it'd be one of my favorites. Have them go out to Conny's studio in the country and they'd have produced a much different album. Maybe not quite so bleak. Sheesh.

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Not terrible, not great

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i didnt hate it. musically i thought it was cool, but his vocals started to wear on me by about third song (the hanging garden). another album that makes me think how fascinating london was at that time

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I respect the devastatingly emotional cavern they have created, but I don't particularly enjoy it.

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Decent. Very 80s

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Not for me

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No soy tan darks. La música de este disco me puede gustar pero me brinca demasiado la letra que parece no tener métrica. Es un disco muy denso, 5 minutos por canción en promedio. Me gusta mucho, en contraste, la manera de escribir tan personal que se siente lo que está pasando dentro de Smith, aunque siempre en cada canción siente la misma desolación y decepción. Si no fuera por el tema de la métrica podrían parecerme letras geniales, aunque supongo que lo que logra esa sensación tan personal es que estén escritas como tren de pensamiento. Songs: A strange day, The Hanging Garden, The Figurehead

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not their best

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L’album est bon, je sens qu’il a influence beaucoup de groupe. J’ai une vibe arcade fire. 3.5

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A very cool sound. 6/10

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Not my jam but a good listen nonetheless

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More Lovecraft vibes but eh

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The hanging garden

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I've always liked the jangly pop version of the Cure, but this is the first time I've engaged with their darker side on record. It's obviously a harder work than PopCure, but it appears that it would reward the effort. I quite liked it.

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cool

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Pretty good, but the sound just isn't for me. A solid 6

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Gothy. Isnt it? Will go again poss with white mascara.

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As someone who appreciates a bit of bleakness here and there, I didn't mind the melancholy nature of this album. Had some good tracks and some that I seemed to zone out on a little.

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A very confusing album. Wiki says it's their most popular album to date, yet streaming numbers are really low compared to their other albums. Also, it seems the critics hated it at the time, yet now it's highly regarded. Another confusing element is that it influenced Deftones and System of a Down, which I can hear (especially Deftones), yet it isn't something I'm massively into. Very hard to score this. 7/10

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Quite a struggle. Appreciate the drums and how they have created tension, but don't particularly find it nice to listen to

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Deece. Has aged well. Doesn’t sound dated

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It was ok.

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Could not distinguish anything from other Cure stuff. I don't like Cure that much so I'm gonna pass.

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reminds me a little of light asylum. not my favorite album though.

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Typisch gut aber nicht meine persönlichen Favoriten.

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Ganz nice

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Not as good as some of their other albums, or maybe just doesn't have the classic hits on it that I know!

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Decent, I like The Cure. Very slow and dower, melancholy. Not their best album, none of their classics. Can tell it was influential. Can tell Preoccupations we're influenced by them. Not their best album though. 3.5, so i gave it 3.

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Before I listened to this album, I thought I hated the cure. Too pretentious, too lofi. Turns out I don't think I like the people who like the cure. It's all right - best listened to by themselves and not in a mix. I can appreciate the backstory of this album and the human emotion poured into it. Hanging garden and short term effect are the best songs I'm hearing on the non-deluxe version. Some of the best songs are on the deluxe version. Airlock is awesome! It commanded my attention and is the on I'm most enthusiastic to listen to. I get why they didn't put it on the original album (Doesn't fit the theme), but it's trippy. Reminds me of older pink floyd. 7/10

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With this effort the Cure explored the line of New Wave as well as proto-Goth dramas. While it is far from their highest highs, it feels as if it is a solid B-side all around.

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not bad

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Robert Smiths lyrics and singing are kinda awful... but the music behind him are actually pretty great. It's not hard to see why this album is a cornerstone in music history.

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A whole Cure album is too much cure

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Drone-y sometimes.

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Great album, maybe not their best but a good indication of the direction the band would go in. Robert Smith had such a compelling voice.

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Definitely not 'Friday I'm in Love' now is it? The '80s definitely had a dark side and this was it. I think I'm hearing voices now... 3/3.25

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Heavier than I expected, probably due to heavy bass. Exactly as dour as I expected. More rock than pop. Give another chance when in a worse mood.

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Never listened to the cure before but familiar with them this album sounds a lot rawer than i kjow them, def worth a listen and will probably listen again.

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While a solid album, with the benefit of hindsight its harder to judge this album "in the moment" because I can hear where they were going which just makes me want to listen to later albums (like Disintegration). Nice to revisit though!

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Pretty ok for listening while working. Better if I'm working and sad.

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Niche

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It's always tough to review an album like this because it was probably incredibly influential... which means it sounds like a lot of music that came later... which means to me it sounds kinda meh. Probably would grow on me with further listens.

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Better than I expected but lacking The later pop nous.

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I was excited about this one since I quite like The Cure. But I guess I like their more polished dark alternative pop sound better than their brooding gothic rock sound. Not bad for one spin, but I'm not interested in giving it more spins either.

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I think this is the second cure album so far? This is pretty good. I'm not a goth or anything but I do like a bit of it, and yeah... everything repetitive and simple, cool atmosphere, it's just solid. It does kinda all blend into itself though - by around 3/4 of the way through I couldn't have told you where the last song ended and the next finished etc. 3/5

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Yeah pretty good. I generally like the sound but not a band I listen to a lot

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Not my fav of theirs

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Enjoyed

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: The hanging garden,

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better than i expected from the cure but still the cure

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Solid Cure album, but not anything that really stood out for me. 3.5 and rounding down, as it seems only medioCure by comparison to their other work.

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Listened to random Cure songs but never heard this album before. Atmospheric and hits the right mood but kind of similar between songs. Would listen to it again from time to time. 3.5

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Just not my style of music

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Not familiar with this one. It seems to be in the same style as Disintegration (long, dense, brooding tracks that don't offer a lot of variety but are big on atmosphere), though not quite as good. File under 'need to be in the right mood to get the most out of it.'

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The Cure are definitely a band I've come to appreciate a lot more after watching some live performances and I think a lot of the tracks on this album are case-in-point, they come to life with all the reverb and darkness on the stage. Loads of cool stuff to like on this album, as it's an earlier one feels a little bit rougher which is cool

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Music sounds really old/depressing reminds me of mad max for some reason when listening. nostalgic? Upon listening more, some of the songs were quite good.

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This album was fine. It was extremely goth and extremely 80s. It was an enjoyable enough listening experience but I probably wouldn't listen to this very regularly. Fav song: one hundred years

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Album was ok, but a bit dark for my tastes. Much prefer their later work.

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repetitive but still rad

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Very much the 1980s. Pretty good if you can tolerate the VERY 1980s sound this album. Going a bit further... this album has a very distant sound. A lot of echo, and it sounds like the singer is standing a few feet back from the microphone. Interesting sound.

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The Cure's Pornography is a look into the substance-abused mind, delving into the obscenity of violence, exploitation and abuses of power. Lots of imagery around the colour red, seemingly a metaphor for blood, flesh and sex to showcase the fullness of despair, hopelessness and darkness. As it's hard to make out the lyrics and with the way the instrumentals are arranged it's very easy to fall into the trap of tapping along and enjoying the music without realising that there are some really heavy things lying in waiting. Best: The Hanging Garden Worst: Siamese Twins 3.5 Stars

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No está mal pero aporta poco. Solo destaca Cold.

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Glad to confirm my feelings about The Cure: I can see why they appeal to some people but they don’t hold much appeal for me.

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In high my best friend was a huge fan of The Cure (in the 80s). I could never get into them. Over the years I've tried but still just never caught me. Fast forward to 2022 and my 27 year old son has become a fan. Fuck me, I still don't get it.

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Not bad, a bit dull in my opinion.

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Pretty average album. Not much going on here too interesting. Some big sounds and guitars worked with then music fairly well.

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Surprisingly okay, I expected to hate this. Maybe I've just softened in my old age?

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Minor-key wailing miserablism, dark yet uplifting, possibly thanks to the Adam & The Ants-style floor-tom heavy drumming. A gateway to goth.

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-"The Hanging Garden" has a great backing rhythm to drive it along -"Pornography" definitely creates quite the spooky vibe -Fine album but like nothing really stood out, like all the songs felt the same.

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Good album! I really enjoyed the darker sound-- especially the earlier songs. My favorite was "Siamese Twins"

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3/5 I enjoyed listening to the album. Did it while working so it wasn’t a very critical listen. The lyrics are full of paranoia and nihilism with a musical atmosphere to back it up.

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Not bad

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It was okay. I really felt like it was a little repetitive. I think robert smith’s cadence got old after a few songs so it made the back half of the record a little bit of a slog

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No bangers on there, but a lovely 80s sound

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Enjoyable

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Edgy. Kinda like the wall but with less variety and strength

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Another classic band/album that I have already experienced enough to know they're not really my thing. I wasn't proven wrong.

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Eh, this isn't my favorite cure album, it was only ok, kinda surprised it's on this list

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Kolejny Curowy pick na liscie, tym razem legendarna pornografia z 82, ktora jest czwartym studyjnym krazkiem bandy, nagrwany w ekskluzywnym skladzie trzech czlonkow pana Smith, czyli wokali i gitary, Gallupa na basie oraz Lola Tolhursta jako drumera, dodatkowo kazdy z nich jest zcreditowany na klawiszach, ktorych sie troche przewija na plycie, klawisze o odcieniu dosc synthowym, ale podane w curowym stylu, wiec ciezko, mrocznie i gotikowo, bo chyba na tym albumie najbardziej uchwycili te atmosfere rozpaczy i doomerskiej milosci, bo liryka jest tak luzna, ze interpretowac mozna ja jak czlowiekowi pasuje, ale najczestszym skojarzeniem jest rozpacz milosna, co jeszcze mocno rzuca sie w uszy sluchajac plyty to robota jaka odwalil pan Lolo z swoimi drumami, ktore stanowia kanwe dla reszty zespolu, od stukania trumnowego z otwierajacego one hundred years po bizzarne rytmy z strange days bedzie to najbardziej zapadajacy w pamiec element tego odsluchu, bo mimo ze gra on tak rowno nie nudzi sie przez cale 43 minut trwania krazka, nie sadzilem rowniez ze az tak roznic beda sie ich kolejne picki listowe, a tu jeszcze nie ma okresu najbardziej mainstreamowych albumow, gdzie juz synthowe brzmienia poszly calkowicie po kablach, pornografia jest chyba najbardziej rokowym, ale nadal gotikowym albumem jaki do tej pory od nich slyszalem, nie jest az tak przepelniony kontentem jak disintegration, nie jest rowniez tak nowo falowy jak seventeen seconds, zmiana priorytetow w instruemntalu jest zdecydowanie na plus, chociaz lirycznie jakos nigdzie nie zaskoczyl czy urzekl jak na poprzednich pickach, gdzie wlasnie tekstem niektore piosenki sie bronily, wiec album ma swoje plusy dodatnie i plusy ujemnie, w ogolnym rozrachunku kolejny solidny kawalek muzyki od the cure, na plejke dodam openingowego one hundred years i zamykajacy utwor tytulowy, wiec pornografie, ktora w ciekawy sposob wykorzystuje samplowanie dialogow w polaczeniu z Lolkowym drumowaniem do zbudowania jednego z najlepszych wprowadzen jakie ostatnio slyszalem, ktore trwa prawie polowe utworu, bo dopiero po trzech minutach pojawiaja sie wokale, wiec jeden z tych epickich openingow tworzacych caly trak

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I wanted to rate this higher, there were great moments on this album, but it just didn't come together for me as a whole.

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Some standard Cure, Rob is in good voice.

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I’m supposed to love it. I didn’t.

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Pretty good. Not compelling, but I'm not really a Cure guy.

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Ehhh it's fine. Really middle of the road stuff. Don't really remember much about it.

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Try Disintegration, it is better!

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It's okay, not a huge fan of the Cure anyway, but struggled to find much to come back to.

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Bit hard to access on first listen. Might try again...

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Neh

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The Cure is always good but I'm starting to think they're rarely great. 4 albums and counting on this list! Wild.

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Spooky as always

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J’ai découvert tard The Cure et j’aime de plus en plus. Les textures sonores sont superbes. Les effets sur la voix dans A Short Term Effect sont intéressants. La sonorité et la place laissée à la basse aussi est vraiment cool. J’aime le côté dark sur la pièce Cold créé par la prise de son du drum et la synthbass. Pas le plus accessible des albums, mais peut-être le plus dark. C’est authentique et original pour l’époque. J’aime bien.

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I was living in the UK in 1982 and dark, synthy, goth sound of The Cure was the antidote to the brit pop hits of Dexy's Midnight Runners , Human League and Bucks Fizz we all needed. Sure, you probably had to be in a dark room, sprawled on a sofa with some neon sign blinking just outside your windows, to fully appreciate it but hey all hail Robert Smith

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Very edgy very cool

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A bit boring, not really my thing

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Not to my taste.

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Much like the best “cure” for Christianity is to actually read the bible, listening to 3 Cure albums has dispelled my belief that I like this band. I like 4 songs and the rest of their work can go suck a bag of dicks.

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I like other tracks better from The Cure, like Friday I'm In Love, Close To Me and A Forest. Which I have added to my playlist.

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Podría ser peor: más largo o con menos sentido. La verdad es que sé que tiene partes defendibles en cuanto a estructura y calidad sonora, sin embargo es demasiado pesado y negativo y me cuesta trabajo darle más crédito. Si bien, la historia detrás le da un poco de valor al pensar que un tipo al borde del suicidio (seguramente por millonésima vez) supo volcar todo eso en este disco, y que además es el mismo tipo que compusó y cantó cosas como 'Friday I'm In Love' o 'Mint Car'.

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I listened to half of this. So droning with the guitar riffs. No wonder i never got into the cure

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Not great. Was like a more boring version of The Cure that I'm aware of

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mmmm meh

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Sombrío, triste, aburrido.

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"revered by Cureheads as a masterstroke", while noting that "normal listeners will probably find it impenetrable"

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Not for me. Prefer my new wave to be a bit quicker pace.

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Similar to Swamp Thing (The Chameleons). A bit boring to listen as a full album.

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Viele Leute, die um mich herum The Cure gut fanden, kamen von diesem Album und der Disintegration. Vor Goths hatte ich so bisschen Angst immer, die waren mir zu fremd. Ähnlich mit der Musik, so richtig was mit dieser Düsternis (so fühlte sich das an) anfangen konnte ich nicht. Das liegt, wie hier so oft, am Sound, der mir immer noch nicht gefällt. Dieses Räumliche bei allen Instrumenten, der Hall auf der Stimme, lässt alles so weit weg und ungreifbar sein sein, ich will aber Nähe und Dichte. Deshalb bin ich eher bei den frühen Cure und den etwas späteren (wobei Disintegration schon okay ist), da ist der Sound eher meins. Aber auch das Songwriting finde ich hier nicht so gelungen.

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4

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The last song is just flailing around making annoying sounds like they think they're Pink Floyd or some shit. Overall I just didn't find it very interesting, and on top of that some songs were unpleasant to listen to. Like a 4 or a 5.

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Not that into this...

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This isn't my favourite era of the cure. The industrial snare throughout made it all very samey

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Maybe I'm a "Greatest Hits" fan only

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I was never really into The Cure because I held the opinion that they were too goth, depressing and melancholy. But then I realised that a lot of their songs and lyrics were actually really upbeat and positive, so have grown to like them over the years. This album however seems to be on the more goth rock melancholy vibe. Which is fine, and some of the songs on here are a good listen but I would definitely lean towards their more upbeat tunes in future. Robert Smith is a don though.

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Music is not bad. Vocals sound like a distressed goat being sucked into a dying hoover.

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Boring

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Too indistinguishable from noise. Never liked that phase of Cure.

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I did not like this album. Way too mopey and no catchy songs like they had on their later albums. 2 stars.

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Couldn’t find my groove in this album, but I can appreciate where someone would like it.

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"it doesn't matter if we all die." - the first line of this record's first song, One Hundred Years. First impressions are tricky for me and usually have more influence on my overall opinion than they should, especially when it comes to music...and this record did not make a good first impression. Yes, I'm familiar with The Cure. I'm sure most folks that like music enough to be willing to partake in a project like 1001Albums are. I also do like some of their more well known offerings, but had never heard (or even heard of, tbh) this record prior to today. I'm now 5 Tracks in (currently listening to The Figurehead atm) and my first impression is starting to give way. "not my cup of tea" is a phrase I use frequently when discussing music critically, and this is another situation where it's appropriate. This band is not one I reach for on purpose, but this is another scenario where I can see why so many people like them. Right now, I can't say that I like it. Maybe I'm just not in the right mood, or wearing enough black? they're good at what they do, though, no doubt about that. And after listening to this record, you can't help but to recognize exactly just how influential they were. they practically invented an entire genre/counterculture, and you have to give credit where credit is due.

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Wieso waren die so erfolgreich? Langweilig

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Not bad. Just not really my style

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Quest'album mi ha fatto tornare in mente quando andavo all'Alien e c'erano i Darkettoni depressi che puzzavano. Non impazzisco per il genere, ma comunque trovo quest'album interessante per come suona, nonostante i riverberi e le chitarrette, ha un qualcosa di cupo che mi affascina. È un 2.5 che non arriva al 3..

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Yeah she's alright lmao nothing special

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Didn't enjoy it

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Not their best album but a few ok songs

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Like the cure but not too impressed....track 'porno..' a mess...maybe some decent stuff more avant guarded phase for fhem

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Never was much of a Cure fan. I guess I never had the proper amount of malaise. I feel like listening to the cure is like denying yourself the joy of music.

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Can't get into this one, just seems uninteresting. Perhaps I'm just not in the mood for this kind of style..

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Oh boy One Hundred Years really sets the tone here. Too gloomy for me.

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Looking at this album from today’s vantage point it comes off a little underwhelming. The vocals are monotonous and whiny and the reflections on death, dying and meaninglessness seem mostly banal. I’ve seen this done better. That said I appreciate some of the drum work and layering with guitar/bass, kb/synth and will look to give the cure another try to see if they live up more to the hype. + Hanging garden, one hundred years

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Not my thing.

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I dunno if this is controversial but I was quite unmoved by this album. Didn't find it to be anything special. Found one song particularly grating. Not sure if this is a classic or whatnot but meh

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Hmm. Not really my thing, but didn't offend me. Prob wouldn't listen again, but a good one to tick off. Fav new track: The Figurehead, I think.

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Feels like a experiment.

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Just not a fan of the Cure. This one seemed too lethargic for my taste.

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Didn't really gel with any of this

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really liked hanging garden, rest went by largely unnoticed

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Long and boring for the most part. Didn't enjoy the vocals, some of the instrumentals were unique and cool though.

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Each song was very samey but I can see the influence it would of had on some cultural movements. Very bleak. Not something for me though.

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I generally like the Cure but this album does not hold up.

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Less interesting than Seventeen Seconds. Kinda a chore to get through, but good to hear once.

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I like the moody and oppressive feel of the album a lot. However, I don’t really care for for the singer’s voice at all. In the end, most of the songs just kind of blended together and felt the same. Except for The Hanging Garden, that song is absolute flames.

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It's hard not to be familiar with The Cure, and they do have some solid hits, but overall the sound of the band isn't something I'm too into. The music is a bummer. When I was a teenager and in my early 20s I was really leaning into my depression and would have let this music validate those feelings. Now I just don't care for it at all and I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to something like this. One extra point for the drums.

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This album was served up to me on Christmas Eve. So listening to it while wrapping presents may have not been ideal. I gave it a couple of listens to try to remain impartial… The Cure is a band that I always felt like I should like but never did. Friends would play a Cure album and talk about how great they were and I’d wonder what the hell were they thinking playing this at a party?! Even when I was depressed and alone there were plenty of other albums I would much rather wallow to. Until they started lightening up (“Friday I’m In Love”) I couldn’t really stand their music. I listened to it twice this time to try to give it a second chance under less festive surroundings. Nope. Things haven’t changed much for me in almost 40 years. This album annoyed me. Yes, they are talented. Yes, the lyrics are ‘deep’. No, I don’t enjoy it. No, I don’t ever want to hear it again. Guess I’ll never be cool enough for The Cure. Only now I’m completely cool with that.

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I know The Cure and some songs, but was a first listen for this album. It was okay and kinda what I expected. I was never a fan of The Cure, and this album hasn’t changed my opinion on that. A sprinkle here or there for seasoning, but a full album of the depressing look is not something I am inclined to invest my time in.

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Many of my friends were drawn to the Cure in their late adolescent angst and ennui. I tried but couldn't take much of Robert Smith's uniquely grating voice. Although there are later works of theirs that I enjoy, this is not one of them. The pain in this music seems more self-indulgent than other depression-inspired music. But that may be because it doesn't connect with my own feelings, which tend not to go towards "look at how depressed I am, everybody!" I thought I was making it fine through the album, until I got to the last and title track. Six and a half minutes of whine AND noise. Yeesh.

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Honestly didn’t enjoy this at all

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Can see why it’s on the list, but just couldn’t get into it. Very dul

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Nah not good too monotone

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Best Song: A Strange Day. Good emo lyrics with a groovy swing behind it. Worst Song: Pornography. Bland, brooding background music. Overall: It's emo. I can feel its influence, but that doesn't mean I'll like it.

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Kuten sanottu: Sarjassamme ”kasikytluku, perustetaan bändi ja kaikki laulajat kuulostaa samalta”. Kerran menee, mut nää riittää, kiitos. Ei pisteitä Curelle(kaan)

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Ei kyllä kovettanut yhtään. Loppua kohti kävi jopa ärsyttäväksi. Ei millään kolmen tähden arvoinen.

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Could not get into this one... Nothing grabbed my attention

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Bom. Mas ouvi pouco.... Talvez precise ouvir de novo.

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Oooh, look at that boy, he's so quiet, dark and mysterious. The way he avoids all eyes contact and uses monosyllabic responses betrays his inner genius. He's clearly got high emotional intelligence, I can tell by the eyeliner.

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Found this album rather obnoxious and too "in-your-face". The instruments are very loud and noisy and the almost crying-out-loud singing style make for a very noisy experience. All the sounds kinda sound the same which culminated in a sensory overload for me

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Atmosphere on point, but a bit too whiny and repetitive.

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This is not the Cure's best album! It's ok and I get its place in the evolution of the Cure and indeed the early 1980s UK music scene. But it doesn't strike me as being necessary.

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I like the Cure. Never heard this one though. None of the songs really stood out to me. I am sure it takes time to get, so I'll definitely give it more listens. For now though it is a 2/5.

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Still not sure about The Cure, some songs from the first album of theirs I listened to I saved, none since then.

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Interesting that this is the cure album chosen for the list, I don't like it particularly (And I love the Cure and Robert Smith) but this finds them at a difficult time, haunted by drug use and depression and this comes out in the tracks of this album. I find it depressing in itself, and can't really see why it is here. Sorry |"Lovecats!" it is a no from me.

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There are some Cure songs I like, but couldn't get into this album.

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Meh, not bad, not amazing, didn't notice much

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Kind of a disappointing album and pretty dark. I guess I wanted something "poppier". 4/10.

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Eh en ollut kovinkaan vakuuttunut. Hirveän tuskaista mutta vähän tylsää. 2/5.

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not for me I guess

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Listened. But I cannot recall a single sung melody that didn't just sound like a kid throwing a tantrum and whining "moooooooom... oh pleeeeease moooooooom...". And this from a fan of The Cure's poppier tunes. Just. Such. A. Whiny. Bastard.

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J’ai trouvé ça long un peu. Il y a plein de bons trucs par contre. Beaucoup d’exploration au niveau des sonorités. Les compositions sont plutôt linéaires. Il faut aimer ça quand les chansons n’ont pas de grands contrastes.

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A bit unremarkable

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I have to say, I enjoyed the Cures beat/rhythm...but I can't really take the vocals!

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2/5 not something much

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A somewhat boring album in my opinion. Felt like the style for the band was pretty consistent and somewhat dark as are most punk rock bands. The songs felt like they blended together and nothing really stood out. Don’t think I’d listen again. 4.8/10

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Eh - its okay. Not for me at this time

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(Trying not to make a pun)

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not good

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drab, bland

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The Cure have some good songs, but not on this album. Oof.

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Not available in my country

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Not that great. Lacking vocals and boring tunes.

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Didn't open

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Not my cup of tea but can recognize how others may like it. Not a fan of the vocals but the style is cool and interesting.

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Not like that kind of music

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???

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Listened to as a part of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. I've heard a little bit of The Cure in the past and enjoyed the odd songs I listened to. This album was a complete let-down for me, personally. I thought that some of the instrumental arrangements were fantastic, especially the drums, but other than that, I didn't really enjoy many of the songs here. Songs I liked: A Strange Day. Cold.

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Thanks I hate it

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Leaving aside questions of originality and influence, Pornography sucks. Must I count the ways? That horrid, echoey drum sound; the whiny anti-melodies issuing from the maw of chief villain Robert Smith; the monochromatic tonal palette. I'm told that Smith was depressed when he was making the album. Now I am, too. Mission accomplished. Can we call this review a wrap and go home? All kidding aside, this album pushes a lot of my buttons.: pseudo profundity, 80s production, the typical 80s vocal style. Can I think of anything nice to say? Well, the album manages to make me nauseated without the stereotypical hideous 80s synths (with the exception of Cold). Robert Smith manages some nice creative guitar leads towards the end of A Short Term Effect and on the title cut, using scales which are vaguely Arabic. That's about it.

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Why does every band from the 80s sing in the same way.

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can't say i've been loving this one. all of the songs kind of sound the same, and though i love a more chill rock album, i find myself a little bored listening to each track.

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Too goth to be emo and too maudlin for maudlin's sake. The Cure have a minimum of 12 great songs and not a one of them is anywhere near this album. This album allegedly spoke to a lot of depressed youth and (unfortunately) inspired the Robert Smith look. I'm glad that at least the band went in a better direction after this grease fire.

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Just a mess. Sounds bad, the vocals are annoying, the songs are all the same.

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Booooooo

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Not my style of musiz

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It's possible I might enjoy the rudimentary New Orderliness of their rhythms, but there's no chance of that while they're so insistent on this pathetic forced despair. I've rarely taken against a vocalist so quickly.

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Malísimo, raro, repetitivo

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