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Seventeen Seconds

The Cure

1980

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Seventeen Seconds

Rating

3.36

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I've never enjoyed a Cure album, even though I'd like to because Robert Smith is an excellent grumpy goth who hates Morrissey.

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Very average. I know this band is capable of doing more, and this album wasn’t their best

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5

Eerie, melodic, transcendent. I love this album in so many ways.

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5

"Play for Today" is an instant post pop punk classic for me. "In Your House" and "A Forest" are good too. Title track is fantastic. A lot of chorus on the guitars. Great 8th note bass lines throughout, makes you wanna dance. Constant melody on the guitar underscored by the vocal melodies. I'm very happy I found this album.

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5

Very cohesive new wave/post-punk album with great atmosphere, showing the beginnings of gothic rock. 9/10

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5

I have always had a soft spot for The Cure, but without ever listening to a full album the jury was still out on them as a complete package (from my point of view). If this album is a taste of things to come though...I’m in all the way! I absolutely love this offering. So many tracks to get the juices flowing...so to speak. To me it encompasses everything a ‘new wave’ album should be. It’s beautifully hypnotic and electronically brilliant. Man...did I say I love this album? Sounds of eighties alt pop rock ring truer than ever and you can absolutely lose yourself in these emotion filled tracks. They flow so seamlessly together, it’s like they were always meant to be. You’re truely missing out if you never at least listen to this album once in your lifetime. 5 Stars!!

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5

This album is dark, dreary, yet has a quality to it that makes it sound very much alive. The beats are driving and prominent, and the slight echo gives a sense of space and atmosphere. The Cure are incredibly influential and it is apparent on their second album just how important they are

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5

Loved rediscovering this classic, as The Cure started their rise to power. Filled with brooding melodies over sparse warm electronic drums, menacing guitar leads and tasteful bass lines. Highly recommended and has aged very well indeed. Top tracks: Play for a day, At night, A Forest

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5

Loved the “gloomscapes” (Wikipedia comes through again). The Forest is still always so good! Def the background music to dark winter dinner, book reading, and tea sipping. I listened to this three times in a row so I’m going to have to give it five stars.

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Great blend of gothic and electronic melancholy. The minimalist structure combined with the reverb turned up to 11 creates an intense, melodic atmosphere in the recording. It accompanies Robert Smith’s voice brilliantly. This album really shows the start of The Cure’s rise to legendary status.

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4

Short and sweet. Not as psychedelic and enveloping as Disintegration, but this is really great too. The jangly, lightly distorted style is something I can always get down with. I'll definitely be returning to a lot on here. Favorite tracks: In Your House, Secret, A Forest, Play for Today. Album art: Honestly perfect. Washed out, can't quite tell what I'm looking at. Fits the music extremely well. 4/5

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Spooky/atmospheric/gothic/moody

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The music is pretty calm and laid back, yet dark and creepy at the same time. I was already familar with A Forest (which is my favourite Cure song before getting this, but after listening I've gained new interest for the album and its cuts including Secrets and Play For Today. Have to also appreciate Robert Smith's guitar and vocals on this as it's not flashy and tame, yet intriguing. The drumming and the bass fit the same quota too. The only real complaint I have is with the keyboards, which for the most part feel like background noise to the main action. It should've either been turned up and played more of a prominent role, or abandoned all together. Also the instrumental tracks were pretty boring.

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I don't think I've ever listented to a The Cure album straight through before today. And the first time I did, I was like, that was sort of okay, I liked it a little. And then an hour later I had to put it on again because I couldn't get the sounds out of my head. It's not that they're lyrically poppy and ear-worms or anything like that, but I think I found my next rainy day album. You know the one you want to put on when it's cold and rainy outside and you don't have to do anythingand you don't WANT to be motivated to do anything. That's what this album is.

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I feel the sudden urge to go buy some eyeliner and black clothes.

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5

you naughty little boy

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5

I know this is going to be a mix of goth and new wave, and I'm kinda off new wave but like a bit of goth. I know I've heard "A Forest" before but can't remember anything about it beyond thinking "yep, sounds like the cure" so here goes... Ok this is pretty fuckin cool. I guess this is early goth at its best? I know it pre-dates anything else I've heard in the genre. Best comparison I can think of is the first Ministry album, but that sounds terrible by comparison. I can hear how the idea of "goth" hasn't separated from punk/new wave just yet (particularly in the singing and drums) but the guitars have that gloomy chorus/reverb/flanger quality to them that new wave never really does, and it's all... mopey, even when there's a kinda "dancey" new wave beat going on. Apart from that and a bit of a pop punk tinge to the singing there's really nothing upbeat about it. It's maybe a bit cheesy in 2021, but I can hear where tons of bands (particularly 80s rock/punk) got their chord progressions and clean guitar tones from. There's not as much singing as I expected, lots of extended instrumental sections or songs where there are only like 2 lines of lyrics, and unless he really sings a chorus it's hard to hear the words, not quite a mumble but more of a whine, and whoever produced it didn't isolate the vocal frequencies very well. This is kinda strange as I always figured Smith was a "frontman's frontman" and would've wanted to be more prominent, although maybe that came later. Honestly, this has inspired me to pick up my guitar and start writing goth melodies haha. This is a solid 4, maybe even a 5.

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The most goth I’ve ever heard

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The amount of instrumental tracks surprised me, but I liked this one, probably better than many of the 80s albums I've heard.

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5

Yes. Please. More. Yes. Yes. Yes.

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5

Awesome

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5

Hier kan ik echt niets tegen inbrengen.

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Vintage Cure is always great.

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5

great so far. Perfect for working/studying

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loved

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5

Absolute electro-new wave brilliance

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Myj toikj hi the i

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5

did not listen

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5

The second best Cure album after Disintegration. Fight me.

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5

Perfect

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5

I listened to this non-stop back in the day, love this record.

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Fav!

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5

Listened to this maybe 3 years ago

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5

9/10. Definite vibe change from the debut, and can def hear the influence. Can’t go wrong with the Cure.

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5

A much more concise Cure project in comparison to Disintegration, and that helps this A LOT. I love this sound, and I think this could sit comfortably by the other goth projects that have really shined for me

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I wish I was yours Strangers Nobody knows we love I catch your eye on the dark One look relives the memory Remember me The way I used to be

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5

Classic The Cure!

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5

Fantastic

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5

Этих ребят я люблю. Один из лучших альбомов.

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5

Electronic whips that crackle with a melancholy fondness.

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5

great stuff, nice to get a good album

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5

One of the seminal post punk albums and one of two (the other as Comsat Angels first album) albums that heavily influenced my late teens. I discovered this in 1980 listening to John Peel.

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5

This would be 5 stars just for “A Forest” and “At Night” but the rest of it is great too

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5

An interesting album, at least 17 years ahead of its time.

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5

I mean, it's decent The Cure but it hells isn't peak The Cure. Reflective and relaxed, The Cure are pretty unique. While this album has to get a top rating, don't for a second think that this is the best they have to offer. It isn't.

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5

Holy shit I think this is an instant top 10 album for me. I can't believe I've never listened to it before. Love the dark, cloudy mood and consistent sound across the album.

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I have almost the same review for The Cure as for New Order.

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5

Fav songs: - Play for today - A Forest - Seventeen Seconds

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Amazing

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fremragende

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Jævlig bra. Håpe dei spille konsert i Norge i høst

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da besta cure albumet 10/10 og 100 med strek onda

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5

Truly, a classic... A Reflection is such a cool little atmospheric track to open the album. Play For Today's opening is really amazing and seems so upbeat in comparison to what I know is coming. Robert Smith is heartbreaking on this one, and it juxtaposes so well with the groovy background instruments. Secrets has such quiet vocals, and it all WORKS so well. The guitar really shines on this, even though its just playing a very simple part. Such a fantastic song. The opening guitar and bass lines on In Your House are so pretty. The ethereal vocals just float overtop of them in the most gorgeous way. Love the lyrics so much. It just grooves. Three's opening piano and ambient sounds reaaaaaaaaaaaally make my heart sing. Highlight of the A-side for me. The Final Sound is such an interesting way to open up the B-side, very dissonant in a satisfying way. And the transition into A Forest is so jarring, it works! A Forest - one of my absolute favorite Cure tracks ever. A piece of atmospheric, gothic genius. Everything I love about the Cure just locks together on this piece into such a sheer force of *vibe*. M's such a chill song. Not much to say, except I enjoy sitting back and letting it wash over me. The distortion on At Night's guitar makes my brain happy, the whole opening is absolutely to DIE for. AND THE BASS THAT DROPS IN HALFWAY THROUGH! WHAT!! It's so hard to pick a favorite on this album, what with both At Night and A Forest... Seventeen Seconds is such a good closing song. Keeps the vibe, closes out the album without overstaying its welcome.

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4

Emo electro-rock.

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yeah its pretty good :)

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4

Goodish

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The cure is much better than I thought

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4

A good album all around.

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More like a 4.5

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4

Chillig, klingt nach The Cure, aber chillig

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4

Surprisingly modern! Not one to go in our regular rotation, but a solid good pick.

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The cure luistert zo lekker weg, het is nooit helemaal mijn muzieksmaak maar het klinkt wel lekker. Zeker het nummer The Forest :)

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4

Classic album love the cure but some songs are a bit weak

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4

Nearly 5 stars. I really really like it

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i liked

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4

great album. nostalgic and sick guitar :*

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Post Punk Melódico com Mórbido Tipo minha vida amorosa.

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this was not on my radar, despite my admiration for the cure. it was great to hear, and honestly, it was great to have an excuse to listen to something besides disintegration by them, that kinda being my go-to

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If I was a teenager at the time, this would have been my jam.

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4

Solid! Listen to again

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Call me a goth, love this, especially A Forest

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4

Great album, there's something about the old punky rock which is both relaxing and exciting at the same time. I love the ability to turn it up and rock it out

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It was fun. Good rock album

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I understand, but I will not repeat the experience

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4

So much of a vibe that the hooks get kind of buried, but there are so many hints of inspiration and legacy hidden throughout and it’s so daring to go over a minute before any vocals are heard

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4

Felt pretty “fine.” Not a bad listen but didn’t keep my interest for the whole thing. Forgot I was listening to it around track 6 or 7.

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Liked it a lot despite not knowing any of the songs

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A Forest was my fave

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It was pretty good. There weren’t that many songs that stuck out to me. It seemed to be pretty chill overall and kind of spacey.

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mag nog 17 seconds langer duren

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Geen muziek om vrolijk van te worden. Ook niet zo'n fan van Robert Smith's zuchtende gezang. Maar de muziek is wel goed.

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Late 80s Cure > early 80s Cure. But still loved it.

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Een zalig stemgeluid op leuke melodieën is misschien een beetje vreemd verwoord, maar wel wat ik ervan vind.

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This was the perfect album to listen to while sad. Really haunting, ahead of its time. A Forest is a great single.

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Not what I expected right off the bat, but I need to listen to it again sometime

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The Cure - immer gern gesehen. So schön düster und traurig.

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I really like The Cure. But I have to say I prefer their later, poppier, more polished work. This album was darker and colder and lacked any stand-out hits. But it was still good and an interesting listen.

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A minimal and lethargic album, music is depressing

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Super goth and dark, but also reminded me of modern dream-pop-y bands with the chorus tone on the guitar. Yes, I realize the Cure came first, but that's just what came to mind. A Forest is really good.

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Standout Tracks: Secrets A Forest M Seventeen Seconds At Night Three

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An absolute joy of an album that demands repeat listens. Brilliant from start to finish

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Really enjoyed Like a lot It's very good Final Thoughts: 4/5

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Less ‘pop’ Cure and maybe their most goth album, it is haunting, sparse and quite off kilter; best known track A Forest a good example of this disorientation. Play For Today, M & Seventeen Seconds are great standalone tracks but this is definitely a start to finish listen.

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I love "A Forest", and the whole album sounds like it could have been built around "A Forest". My 2nd favorite track is probably "Play for Today". This album would be easy to slip into for background music or for a deep listen with headphones on in the dark. This album is probably between 4 and 4.5

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The forest is so good

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1980 is a shocking year for the Cure to have released what seems to be the predecessor to many modern post-rock albums.

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This might be punk

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Lonely, desolate, gloomy, depressing and dark. Like watching the windshields wipe away the rain during a long car ride. A few good songs, but mostly an experience, like a soundtrack to a monochrome movie

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4

Great introduction to the gothic trilogy. Very interesting details that make it a great debut album (not counting the three imaginary boys)

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Love this, one of their best albums.

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secrets and m

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I like The Cure. Saw them in concert back in 1985 (Head On The Door tour) and they were great. I had not heard this album before, though, and I can hear the band really developing their own sound. I think Robert Smith is a fantastic guitarist.

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slow start but the back half is like a better Beatles Not much singing, more of an atmospheric album. Very much what you expect with the album cover oops, had it on shuffle, oddly reminiscent of resident evil

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Spärlicher als zB die Pornography neulich, und weniger düster als erwartet. A Forest ragt monolithisch und dunkel lockend raus. Bei M hat dann Johnny Marr gut hingehört, und 17 Seconds lassen mich umwölkt zurück. Gefällt mir gut und bekommt 3,7

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I liked it

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They hit a gloomy sonic vibe and stuck with it, effectively over the entire album. “A Forest” is the best of the bunch.

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נשמע כמו הפסקול של ווסטוורלד שיר 2 כמו משינה וואלה אחלה אלבום נהנתי

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A Forest is very very good. I just love the bass tone in this record.

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4

Really surprising. Loved this album and the instrumentals.

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4

Good, haunting and somber but clean

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Got hooked at theintro with the minor key... Loved the whole because of it

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4

Couples of great tracks but not their best by any means

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I really dug this album. a little slow in parts. The single A Forest is a favorite of mine.

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What a cracking rekid

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love this album, have it on vinyl. in your house and a forest some of my favs !

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4

Great use of space in all the tracks. Love the complication in simplicity.

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Listened Before? N I really liked this one. I'm a bit of a fan of the Cure, so I have a passing familiarity with this album (Mostly A Forest), but this isn't one I had listened to entirely. Pros: It's the Cure! I love these guys' sound. It just FEELS like the 80s, and Robert Smith's lyrics are good, along with his amazing voice. The instrumentation is on point and the guitar hooks are catchy. Cons: I'm glad these guys decided at some point that turning up Smith's vocals would be a good idea. I get that it's supposed to be secondary to the music, but it's a travesty to hide a vocalist like him. This album they're barely audible until the halfway point, but after that much better. Added to Library? Y Songs added to playlist: A Forest

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4

Easy to listen to. Not musically mind-breaking but has a distinct vibe. Chill. Kind of dark.

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“Beguiling bleakness.”

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I'm glad that this list has introduced me to more Cure. I think this is album 2? I'm surprised at how much I love their music. There's a lot more to them than Boys Don't Cry. I'm also surprised at how many instrumentals they did. They did a lot! That being said, I've yet to hear anything *better* than Boys Don't Cry. It also has the problem of sounding a bit samey after a while. Like I couldn't tell you how this is different from Disintegration at all. This feels like a 3 star, and I gave Disintegration 3. BUT... looking back at my last 10-20 albums, this is way better than a lot of the 3s I've been giving out, and is at least as good as a lot of my recent 4s. So she's a 4.

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Love the moodiness and under-statedness of this overall, particularly the guitars. Drum machine feels way dated. Not as dark as I remember it. Whole lotta Joy Division, more so than New Order. Not many cuts blow me away, it's more about the atmospherics. I will listen again.

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Hey, Robert, could you speak up a little?

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4

Truly great record

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4

Not their best album, but deserves 4/5 just for ‘A Forest’.

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Another great Cure album

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Oh wow in huge contrast to the last Cure album we got given (Disintegration) I really love this album! This was about ten years earlier and it's a completely different experience to me. I find this album so relaxing and I get on so well with the vibes of this one. I don't really know what I'm talking about here but I love the style of electronic sounds they have all over this album, it reminds me of Beak> in some places which I'm obsessed with and thinking must be kind of inspired by the Cure now. It's v impressive to me because of the fact that I have no idea how they make these sounds other than the electric guitar sounds. I even prefer Robert Smith's voice on this earlier stuff.

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Music I really enjoy, difficult to explain why as it doesn't massively stand out. Can tell each instrument is carefully considered though. 3.6

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monochromatic as fat bob starts to move towards a more Banshees' sound. lots of songs with the same tempo and apparently the drums were treated to sound like a drum machine. faith is better although in the same vein. a forest is my favorite song of theirs.

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1001 Albums Generator Day 5 I haven't thought about this one much as I've had a bit of a hectic day, but I've been meaning to listen to it for ages and I loved it. The Cure are another huge 1980s band I haven't listened to in any depth. I really like all the obvious singles, but hadn't listened to any albums before today. The style and sound of this one is exactly my cup of thrills.

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4.25

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This is where The Cure really started forming the identity they would come to be known by. I am a recent goth convert so listening to this makes me feel right at home in the gloom. Could've done without "The Final Sound" but other than that this album is a solid skeletal framework for what was to come and I really enjoyed it.

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Minimalist gloom. Moom.

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4

Excellent album containing the archetypal Cure track: "A Forest". Production is sparse but excellent.

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4 compared to the last week this shit is fire

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Big fan of The Cure. This wasn't my favourite, but it was still great. 8/10.

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4

Ravi d'avoir fait la connaissance de cet album

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4

Sometimes haunting, but also some good pop tracks on their

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Loved the album. Felt like the vocals were kind of buried in the mix which I found very engaging. Guitar tones were not what I associate with Cure. Very into it.

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4

I love visiting Robert Smith!!

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4

Vibey af. a lil depressing tho

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4

Brilliant!

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4

Part of my youth.

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Pure 80s! Loads of chorus laden guitar riffs and wistful vocals.

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4

LP

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4

Good album

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Raw, recorded in only a week. Hints of what was to come. A Forest is such a standout, it's simple but so well layered.

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6/17 Very goth, very subdued and hypnotic music. Can sometimes bore but also sometimes stumbles into interesting melodies. Standout Tracks: A Reflection, In Your House, A Forest, M

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I like The Cure but didn't catch any specific song on this album except 2-3 that I know from earlier. Nice album but not the one I would recommend.

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Pretty decent. A Forest is obviously an absolute banger.

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3

Not as good as disintegration. But still The Cure.

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3

Better and less GOTH than expected.

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If I was a moody teenager, I'd probably like this.

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3

Better than I expected still kind of dark.

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3

Few good songs, but mostly generic sooner music

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3

TOO new age, had a couple stand out tracks

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2.5-3. Not bad, just not for me

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3

It was ok. I can see the influence it's had, but it's just mood music to me.

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3

okay okay

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Pretty cool album. No stand out songs, but all of them have a cool outrun type of vibe. Found out The Cure is pretty swaggy

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I liked it but don't quite get why it's on the list

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The Forest is a great track, but not a huge fan of The Cure in general. Listenable though.

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Nope

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Glacial and sparse, which is nice. The production feels a little forced though. I struggled at first but grew into the album and quite enjoyed it.

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I'm fond of the Cure, although not to the extent of having ever purchased an album. This was fine, lovely in places, but maybe needed a little more variation in tone.

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Very mellow listening, it didn’t stand out as brilliant but I enjoyed having it on.

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I liked it. good songs. For me its a great album as background noise when doing art

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Better than I anticipated. I don’t dislike the Cure but was never that into them either.

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I liked this album, especially the song 'M'. I could hear how they influenced a lot of other future bands and artists - specifically Nirvana and Kanye West came to mind

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super aber auch ned so super - 3

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Un bon album dans un style que je ne connais pas beaucoup. Genre de tounes qu’on reconnait a la rado de temps en temps. 3.5

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The cure provides good background music, but I wasn't blown away by this album.

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Took me back to the ‘craft

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Although from 1980 (OMG 40 yrs old!) this holds up pretty well against other albums eg Pulp's Hardcore which I couldn't get thru. This album has the hallmark early goth/new wave sound that was prevalent in the day and they did it better than anyone else. Not their best but a sign of even greater things to come

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Too repetitive, but with great personality

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No i wjechalo the cure ktore juz przepowiadalem jak byl cover ich traka na dinozaurowym albumie, jako osoba bedaca ignorantem co do brytyjskiego grania, punkowego alternatywnego jest mile zaskoczony, bo nie wiem czemu jakos cure kojarzylo mi sie z cooperowym stylem muzykowania, a tutaj calkiem co innego, utwory tak minimalistyczne, ze jak uslyszalem otwierajacy a reflection, to musialem sprawdzic czy dobry album puscilem, bo granie nutka po nutce, nie jest to jedyny trak ktory zbudowany jest na tej zasadzie, bo takie przerywniki pojawiaja sie miedzy bardziej konwencjonalnymi kompozycjami, wiecv jak juz jest granie gdzie slychac gitarke, basik, jeszcze jakies talerzowanie, to lirycznie sa one oszczedne, zeby jednak nacieszyc ucho tym jak graja instrumenty, sam wokal tez dosc dobrze blenduje sie z basikiem ktory tutaj jest jak dla mnie instrumentem przewodnim plyty, jak na traku the forest, ktory poza tym basidlem hajlajtuje tez mastering jesli chodzi o wokalowanie i efekty, powiedzialbym ze lesne, bo ten wokal jest jakby zatracany, nie na zasadzie echa, ale wycieszenia stopniwego, wiec lesny trak ktory swietnie tworzy klimat leci na plejke, a dolaczy do niego at night, ktory znowu pokazuje na co znac klawiszowca bandy czyli Hartleya, bo chyba jakies synthowe klawiszory musialy tam byc grane, tak samo jak plyta byla otwarta, zostala zakonczona, choc troche dluzszym kawalkiem, bo 4 minuty instrumentala ktory znowu gitarkowo sie dla mnie wybija, a gitarke gral tutaj wokalista czyli mr Smith, ktora brzmi lepiej niz na benszowym projekcie na ktorym go juz slyszalem, calosc trwa tylko 35 minut, ale sa one wypelnione muzyka ktora robi sens, to znaczy ze nie ma filerowych trakow, tylko jeden otwiera kolejny, trzeba bedzie obadac reszte curow, gdy najdzie potrzeba na gloomerowe viby, bo nie jest to jeszcze doomowanie jak u smithow, ale jednak w tamta strone sie pochyla

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Not my usual genre of music and I've never been into The Cure but I quite enjoyed this

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Whilst I knew and loved their albums; "Head on the door", "Disintegration" and "Pornography", I don't think I've ever listened to this. Its a lot more indie than the aforementioned works. you can kinda tell they are heading for greatness ("a forest is sensational"), but in this they haven't quite arrived yet. 3/5

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Alternatief maar ik vind het niet echt bijzonder

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nice!

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Really liked the instrumental, surfer rock crosssed with depressinf british tones

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The majority of this album has aged well.  Wiki tells that this LP featured a new bass player; his melodic bass lines are a feature. Talk about hitting the ground running. 

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Sweet but short, good for passive listening for me, not for active.

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Play for Today, A Forest, M, At Night, Seventeen Seconds Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Really dark soundscapes. I personally would've liked a couple more hooks (especially since I know the Cure is capable of it), but that's clearly not what this album is shooting for. In terms of quality this is at least a 4, but it's not really for me. Does the job of creating a foreboding and uneasy atmosphere though, so I'll give it a 3.

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The Cure songs I enjoy tend to be a little more upbeat, which is unfortunate because this album is not. It's still really good, I just found myself getting a little bored by it as it went on Saved: Play For Today, A Forest

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A little too sad-boy for me, but the guitar tone is iconic.

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Disco contemplativo (demasiado) y ambiental, con tonos góticos. Ideal para días tristes. No ha sido de todo mi agrado, pero no es un mal álbum.

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The forrest is a great track

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Pretty decent, I liked it better than the last cure album that came up

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Not what I was expecting. Enjoyed it.

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Some of the songs made me want to kill myself but in a good way. The whole album just gives me very much sitting in a bath fully clothed vibes, idk if you know what I mean?????? I don't think it's their best album either but I did have fun listening hehe had a bit of a cute cry vibe going on (don't ask I'm just a sad bitch)

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Very chill, I can see how it inspires Nirvana later on with some of the bass lines or acoustic pieces

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As a "rock" kid in the 80s I really hated this band - totally ignorant and stubborn, admittedly, but Robert Smith's voice was an immediate and huge turn off for me. Having said that, I was excited to get this album today to have a clean revisit to the band and see what I may have missed. ...and I'm not sure what to think. I'm passingly familiar with some of their bigger hits, and this sounds very little like anything I'd heard from them before. The music often sounds little more than a well-produced 4-track demo in parts, and I can't decide whether I'm scoffing at it or really enjoying it :D. I'm more-easily able to bypass the vocals (either because it's early-Cure or i've "matured" i'm not yet sure) and in parts I don't mind them at all; they are buried quite low in the mix which balances them out against the music. What interested me right away was the very dry and up-front guitar that is deceptively clever in chord structure in parts. My favourite song by far is "At Night" - haunting/powerful/dissonant. Almost like they hit a/the wrong chord on guitar in the main riff and decided "screw it, we're keeping that." Overall the album wasn't what I expected in a good way and even after 2 passes I will listen to this again. I think in the end my criticism - and it may grow on me a little more - it really does sound to me like a well-crafted demo that I'd have liked to hear developed a little more. Of course that minimalism was perhaps the point... 5/10 3 stars

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Pretty alright sound, not a lot of stuff that I identified with.

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It was aight, but the first half kinda had me falling asleep 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Gosh, really surprisingly not my style at all. No momentum, nor enough emotional range. Just ennui. But the production is really pretty. Admirable and easy to appreciate despite not being my style.

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i really liked the spooky aspect of this album. it’s too good to be a 3 but i feel like not quite a 4, so i say 7/10 or 7.5/10!

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It's Gloomy Post-punk. And it's a good version of that honestly. Love the Album art work also.

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Fine, nothing exciting.

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Good, but not great.

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Überraschenderweise überhaupt nicht so unerträglich, wie ich es befürchtet hatte, obwohl Smith irgendwie immer nach 'Boys Don‘t Cry' klingt, aber hier singt er erfreulich wenig. Kompositorisch ebenfalls wesentlich interessanter als erwartet.

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Look, it's nice, and I enjoyed listening to this album, but: is it special? No.

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Yes, so muss das klingen. Klang ist hier generell irre gut, satt, klar und aufm Punkt dort, wo sich die Fledermaus festkrallt: ganz oben! „Secrets“ klingt wie etwas, zu dem ich mich gerne für ne Weile unglücklich verliebt denken würde, wenn das denn ginge. Bitte. Es klingt sonst gern Cure-generisch, aber dann kommt „A Forrest“ (thx Malo). Dennoch weit weg alles von Kurzweiligkeit 2.9

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I wasn't a huge fan of this album but I can see the merits behind it (not of it deserving to be on this list, just as an album). Being one of their earlier albums, the Cure seems to still be finding their style but it is readily apparent that driving at night was a theme. This entire album I could play during a night drive and it would fit the mood perfectly. With very little lyrics and some very short songs, this felt like a quick preview of what was the come in their future (better) albums.

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I do like The Cure and this early album isn't too gloomy, but it isn't a classic Cure LP. However, it has one of their finest songs in A Forest so 3 out of 5.

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More art-rock than I expected. Liked it.

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The great tracks secedes nonevents, which are in too great numbers, though the album as a whole has a cool vibe. Drum track isn’t grating despite being repetitive

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I can see why Trent Reznor did The Cure’s hall of fame induction - half of these instrumental tracks could be on The Fragile or Ghosts. The rest were a bit 80s for me.

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Very atmospheric and interesting. Just nowhere near as good as some of their later albums, or indeed the Banshees stuff he was apeing.

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3/5 goodish, but...

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A great band who I have not listened much to beyond the hits, an album that washes over you, melancholic but not sad, I will listen to more.

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bit dour but guess that's to be expected - 3 stars just for the forest alone though

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A few good tracks but very basic production makes it sound like jamming in a mates bedroom

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Mostly just seemed like background music, none of it really stood out to me. But also it was not bad to listen to either. 0RS

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I like it... But with the production, a lot of this washes into itself. I like the Cure a lot, but don't love them - I think because outside of the absolute classics, a lot of their songs sound like Cure songs, and are pretty interchangeable. I feel like I'd be obsessed had I been a teenager at the time, and listened and relistened. It's atmospheric, it's got A Forest and some other classic stuff on there. It certainly isn't bad. It's just all drifting by quite pleasantly. This is by no means a bad album. However, it's very cohesive sound is as much of a burden as a boon, as it failed to hold my attention for long stretches.

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Rock típico de The Cure. Ni fu ni fa.

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darker than some of their other stuff, liked it better

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Some highlights. Chill vibes.

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Sounds good but it’s pretty ambient. 6/10

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5/10. Kinda boring

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pretty forgettable and grating at times, but not completely unenjoyable. 5/10

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3 1/2

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It was mostly instrumental?? But it was alright. I’d have it on as background music

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Да Кино кое что у них утащили, но не все

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Very mellow Cure here

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Might give this another shot.

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Not their best album, but it has some great songs on it. Seems to be half way between new wave Cure and goth Cure so it's an interesting transitional record, but not essential.

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I know it’s blasphemous to be not LOVE The Cure. I simply don’t love them. But I did like this. It actually really made me want to dance in my office at work. I especially wanted to do a slightly unhip two bop to it. I’m not sure about the one angry instrumental interlude. That shit unsettled me, but I would listen to it on repeat likely. The more I think about it, the more I like it. I’m still holding firm on 3 ⭐️….for now 🤔

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Moody and atmospheric but unlikely to choose to listen on any given day.

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It was pure Cure which I enjoyed 3*

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The problem with this list is there is no context as to why a particular album is on here. I was looking forward to the Cure but there were none of the hits I knew.

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If you’re looking for an album by The Cure, this is one

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"It's not a case of telling the truth Some lines just fit the situation You call me a liar, you would anyway" (Play for today) "The wish never came true And the girl Starts to sing" (Seventeen seconds) we! are! back! No es mi disco preferido de The Cure, pero aún así es un disco muy redondito.

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Not bad, grew a little appreciation for the group, still not my thing

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I love the cure ... I really do! But there's only two songs on here I would revisit.

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3.5 - classic broody Cure vibes. Love the heavy bass and the soundscape that makes me feel like I’m in the middle of my own movie montage. “A Forest” was a classic - loved the bass licks in that one.

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I have to say I preferred the previous Cure album more than this one (Disintegration), but it was still enjoyable. More downbeat I guess. Perhaps I need to listen again I am aware there's classics on here

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I listened to his whilst tidying my room and it was lovelyy to let it wash over me while I did that. If I went to see the cure though and they just played songs from this album I would be disappointed, nothing on here that's quite like Friday I'm in Love.

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Okay, background music

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Just because it's a vehicle for 'A Forest' it's worth the 3 stars. But the rest of the album is ok at best. And I love the Cure.

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Got more into it after a few listens. The Forest is a tune. Like the mood of the overall album, but probably not one I would come back and listen to that regularly. 3/5

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Besoin de quelques écoutes supplémentaires avant de me faire une idée définitive. Pas mauvais mais n’accroche pas à la première écoute.

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Could see the origin of the bands sound through this

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I appreciate The Cure, but unfortunately the 80s-ness detracts it for me. I can get into their dark synth energy but it just doesn't go quite far enough for me to really get into it.

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sounds like the cure, but in miniature

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Bom.

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This is very impressive! I love the production although I think the record drags a bit

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Ok, but not as good as the other Cure album I listened to.

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not mon préféré

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Quelques bons moments mais déçu dans l'ensemble.

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A decent album. Too melancholic for me. I guess this is why I never really listened to The Cure before.

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Really good first listen. 3/5

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Didn't know exactly what I was expecting, but it was better than I expected, I actually didn't mind it. Stark, ambient at times, it's not exactly "hit-worthy" music, but there is some substance to it. Okay, but not essential by any means.

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Some really, really great vibes on this one

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Gotisk rock, reverb, melankolsk

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3.5/5

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What a strange listen. I know the band is capable of better songs, but it seems they aren't exactly going for songs. However, the soundscapes, while almost carried by solid musicianship, are too scattered and far outside The Cure's wheelhouse. The strangeness and some high points are enjoyable, but this would work far better as an outtakes disk than as an LP.

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Seventeen seconds is the amount of time I listened before checking out. It's a 35 minute album that feels much, much longer. Aggressively boring. Best track: M

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I still want to like the cure, but the reality of actually listening to them makes me bored and depressed.

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Very eerie album. The singers voice is distinct and recording values clear. Fairly unnoteworthy (irony).

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I liked it but not nearly as much as other The Cure.

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meh

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Very meh. Unworthy of this list. The drumming was really boring.

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Kind of cool sounds in there, but overall kind of a drag.

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Meh

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Ok, not enthralled.

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I found it to be a bit grating.

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Jag är ingen stor fan av the cure. De har gjort en del bra grejer senare i karriären, men detta faller album mig ej i smaken.

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10 canciones y menos de 36 minutos para el album que contiene el primer éxito de ellos: A forest. El resto la verdad oscuro, lento, sin ritmo, no me parece un disco imprescindible.

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Sad core, jam band esque, vocals echo in the distance

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Gloomy & sparse. I find the intros to the songs catchy (esp the first two + Forest) but Smith’s voice over the minimalist tracks doesn’t do it for me in the long run. That said, they were a boon for personal hair care products in the 80s.

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Siouxsie and the Banshees, but not interesting.

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short album. Nice what? I am so confused I don't know what just happened

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Eh. Not my thing.

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Meh

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An album with a catchy beat but really soft vocals for most of the songs. Other than "The Forest", nothing really stands out as spectacular.

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No le presté mucha atención lo siento

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Too dark, no meaning.

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boring, nothing even happens.

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Not impressed

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Boring. Music is fine, but slow at times. Could use some vocals.

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Meh. Pretty far from my taste range. Similar music style once heard in some off-line games I think.

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Not my vibe

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not what i expected from the cure. not having robert smith sing helped

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Boring.. Just boring..

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Mostly depressing

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I love the signature Cure sound but this album was too much of it. It almost felt like one long song and there was hardly any excitement behind it.

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I fucking hated A Reflection I also don't typically like 80s rock and I don't think this is an exception lol One thing I thought was interesting is the vocals from Play for Today reminded me a bit of the emo music I listened to in the mid 2000s

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Not for me, but better than the other Cure albums on this list so far.

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Best Song: A Forest. Driven by a bassline that keeps the song chugging at a decent clip, with interesting mixed and layered effects. Worst Song: Three. Sparse piano and unintelligible whispers that progresses into a Michael Jackson-sounding beat. Overall: Nearly the whole album seems content to sit in its own sleepy sadness. It isn't even sad in an interesting way. Just dull. Don't know what context I would ever want to listen to this.

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initial thoughts: had it on in the background while I was working and it kind of got lost. decent background music, especially because a lot of it was instrumental fav from album: in your house rate: 2.5

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Enjoyable

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Kind of like sadder nirvana. Left a lot to desire.

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Chilled, not the best album i've ever heard.

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-Kinda pretty darn boring not gonna lie. Just a kind of sad, ethereal vibe, nothing really stood out in my listen. Idk if I'm missing something here but I see no reason to even bother giving another listen to re-evaluate -I be listening to The Cure..."At Night" Some critiques of song names: -"Three is not the 3rd song -"The Final Sound" is not the final sound -"Seventeen Seconds" is not seventeen seconds long

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It's merely okay

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Nah, not for me thanks. Influenced a lot of stuff I do like, but I just can't get past the weird vocals and droning backing tracks.

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It's just too damn whiney. It's mostly the singing but the instrumentation contributes as well.

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The cure just seem a band I can’t get into. This album didn’t do anything for me, kinda get why it’s on the list though.

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I’m just not a big fan of the Cure outside a couple of their later singles. This album did not change that opinion. Not a bad listen, but very mediocre. 2

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Disappointed in this one

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Meh

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Creepy. Depressing. Flat. Dull. Probably won't ever listen to it again

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+ M

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I hated this album.

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Snoooooooooze! This album was so boring. No interesting songs. I kept thinking we were about to go into Whip It by DIVO.

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Crazy disappointing album. Half the thing is basically crappy instrumentals and the other has lyrics but whenever there are lyrics you can't even hear them. Was looking forward to this one too... 1/10.

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Really dreary and boring. Almost put me to sleep.

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Worse than average.

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Personally it came across as pretty meandering to be honest.

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God. I hate the Cure. They are just miserable to listen to. I can't imagine being so depressed that this is appealing. Must be a horrible existence.

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Nawt my cup of ☕️

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Boooring

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boring slept

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Meh

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7/10

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Takes me back to my youth!

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Definitely feeling the strings (guitar and bass) action. A lot of mellow vibes. I can see how this made the list.

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Not bad

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I don't really like it. The voice of the vocalist doesn't catch my attention, and the music itself just sounds so simple, boring even. I mean, I have no problem with simplicity, but to me it's just not very enjoyble. Altough it's not my cup of tea, I'm sure that someone who likes this kind of music, will like this album as well.

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I've never listened to the Cure. This should be interesting.

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Not my favorite type of music, it was like the genre punk which is not my bread and butter!

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Fine for background, but I might change it.

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