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Seventeen Seconds

The Cure

1980

Seventeen Seconds

Album Summary

Seventeen Seconds is the second studio album by English rock band the Cure, released on 22 April 1980 by Fiction Records. The album marked the first time frontman Robert Smith co-produced with Mike Hedges. After the departure of original bassist Michael Dempsey, Simon Gallup became an official member along with keyboardist Matthieu Hartley. The single "A Forest" was the band's first entry in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart.

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Rating

3.35

Votes

5496

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
  • Indie
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Mon May 31 2021
3

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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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

Vintage Cure is always great.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

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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Tue Aug 31 2021
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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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

Spooky/atmospheric/gothic/moody

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
2

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

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Tue Dec 29 2020
5

you naughty little boy

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

The most goth I’ve ever heard

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Tue May 25 2021
5

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
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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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

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

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Sat Apr 03 2021
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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Sun Nov 28 2021
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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Sat Dec 11 2021
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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Mon Dec 20 2021
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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Fri Mar 11 2022
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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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Call me a goth, love this, especially A Forest

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

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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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

The forest is so good

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Thu May 06 2021
4

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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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

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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Wed Jan 13 2021
1

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

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Fri Jul 09 2021
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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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

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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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

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

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Awesome

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Hier kan ik echt niets tegen inbrengen.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

great so far. Perfect for working/studying

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

loved

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Absolute electro-new wave brilliance

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Myj toikj hi the i

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

did not listen

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

The second best Cure album after Disintegration. Fight me.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

Perfect

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

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

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Fav!

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Listened to this maybe 3 years ago

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Sat Dec 25 2021
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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Mon Dec 27 2021
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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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

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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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Classic The Cure!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Fantastic

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

Этих ребят я люблю. Один из лучших альбомов.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Electronic whips that crackle with a melancholy fondness.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

great stuff, nice to get a good album

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Sat Feb 12 2022
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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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

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

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Tue Mar 15 2022
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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Wed Mar 23 2022
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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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

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

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

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

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Amazing

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Mon May 02 2022
5

fremragende

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Jævlig bra. Håpe dei spille konsert i Norge i høst

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Tue May 17 2022
5

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

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Wed May 25 2022
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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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

Highlights: Play for Today Secrets In Your House A Forest M Artwork: 6,5 / 10 Rating: 9,5 / 10

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

The great strength and beauty of this record lies in minimalism. The atmosphere is masterfully portrayed. Every beat and sound is in exactly the right place and hits the spot. Not a note too much or too little. It's for me just unfortunate that the album sounds like it wasn't finished, which, after some Googling, seems to be exactly what happened. Money budget was so short they couldn't re-record songs because the tape ran out. Masterful, minimalistic, atmospheric, mystical, beautiful. 4,5*

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Such a amazing album. The Forest is still my favourite Cure song

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Very easy to listen to and has an edgy tone that I personally find very nice. It adds a much needed depth to what would otherwise feel like another 1980s pop rock album

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Haunting album that has aged incredibly well.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Perfect calbum. One of the best ever

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

10/10 I’m really glad I’m going through their discography every one of their albums just blows me away

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Intro to goth

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

There is no mistaking what you are listening to when you hear a The Cure album.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

This isn’t The Cure you know. Most of their staying power comes from hits from the late 80’s and early 90’s, but that widely successful period only came about because of the bleak and minimalist sound found in their early recordings such as this album. Every song weighs you down from the eerie soundscapes created along with Smith’s increasingly bleak lyrics; some songs hardly having any lyrics at all (“In Your House”) or just mixed so down you hardly hear them (“Three”). Any momentum comes from drums and guitar and what you get is the beginning of gothic rock. It’s a different listening experience, but if you want to hear where The Cure comes from, give it a listen and appreciate the inception of their signature sound. Top song pick is “At Night,” one of the more straightforward songs though it is still very much inline with the rest of the album. A simple drumbeat and distorted guitar eighth notes open the song, maintaining the same rhythm throughout, while synths come in and out over Smith’s foreboding lyrics.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

I liked the gloom

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

this album (and the 2 following) made me love the Cure. doesn't get better than 2 basses and drum.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

Love it.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
5

I’ve got a soft spot for dark and depressing music (Tool, Radiohead, Morphine), so naturally this has to be a 5 for me

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Sun Oct 16 2022
5

Haunting

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Gloomy but still super cool, perfect for a cloudy day. Not a single weak song

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Sun Nov 20 2022
5

Oh, this was a surprise! After having listened to Pornography, I was dreading something whiny, but instead I got something gloriously gloomy. Gloomy is much better than whiny! In fact, I was swept up with this one the whole way through. I really loved it!

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

Superlative early Cure album.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Emo electro-rock.

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Tue Oct 06 2020
4

yeah its pretty good :)

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Wed Nov 25 2020
4

mysterious dark vibes but still sounds like The Cure(tm) as opposed to Pornography

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Goodish

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

The cure is much better than I thought

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

A good album all around.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

More like a 4.5

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Chillig, klingt nach The Cure, aber chillig

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

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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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Nearly 5 stars. I really really like it

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

i liked

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

great album. nostalgic and sick guitar :*

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Post Punk Melódico com Mórbido Tipo minha vida amorosa.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

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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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

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

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Solid! Listen to again

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Tue Jan 26 2021
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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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

It was fun. Good rock album

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

I understand, but I will not repeat the experience

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Fri Jan 22 2021
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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Fri Jan 22 2021
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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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Liked it a lot despite not knowing any of the songs

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

A Forest was my fave

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

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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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

mag nog 17 seconds langer duren

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

A minimal and lethargic album, music is depressing

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

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

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Tue May 18 2021
4

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

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

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

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Tue May 18 2021
4

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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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

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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Mon May 24 2021
4

This might be punk

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Tue May 18 2021
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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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Love this, one of their best albums.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

secrets and m

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

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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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

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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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

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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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

I liked it

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

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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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

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

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

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

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Really surprising. Loved this album and the instrumentals.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Good, haunting and somber but clean

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

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

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

Couples of great tracks but not their best by any means

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

What a cracking rekid

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

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

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

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

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

“Beguiling bleakness.”

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

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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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

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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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Hey, Robert, could you speak up a little?

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Truly great record

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

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

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Another great Cure album

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

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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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

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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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

4.25

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

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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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Minimalist gloom. Moom.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

4 compared to the last week this shit is fire

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

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

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Ravi d'avoir fait la connaissance de cet album

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Sometimes haunting, but also some good pop tracks on their

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

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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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

I love visiting Robert Smith!!

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Love this Cure and love the gothy atmospheric music they created. This album is perfect for a good rainy November.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Vibey af. a lil depressing tho

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Brilliant!

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Part of my youth.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

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

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Sat May 14 2022
4

LP

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Good album

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Fri May 20 2022
4

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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Thu May 26 2022
4

This was way better than the one or two other Cure albums I've had so far - less depresso more espresso in terms of lyrical content and style. Also generally more aligned with my music taste

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Mon May 30 2022
4

This album got better after each listen. The riffs give me nirvana vibes and I love the tone of the album. I’ll have to do a deep dive in The Cure because I was impressed. Fav tracks: in your house, a forest, m, at night Least fav: the final sound

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Dark and brooding early 80s rock. Very atmospheric. I like this quite a bit. 3.5/5

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

"Secrets," "M," "In Your House," and "The Forest" were probably my faves

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Early stuff from The Cure, and a distinct rawness to the dark and brooding sound on this album.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Liked it, start was weak but the rest, was good

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

4.0 - Unforgivingly minimal, and terribly effective. To me, it sounds like they've recorded everything on 8 tracks - 1) drum machine, 2) bass, 3) rhythm guitar, 4) sound effects, 5) synths, 6) vocals, 7) backing vocals, 8) aux guitar.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

I like the Cure. It's not their best. but at this point anything that isn't complete rubbish will get 3 or4 stars because I'm so sick of this list pointlessly including terrible albums. Maybe if there was a brief explanation of WHY an album deserved to be on the list it would help.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Had never heard anything off this album before besides the forest, but really enjoyed it!

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

This album is great! A Forest, M, and At Night are songs I already know and love. But Secrets and Your House are totally new to me and I love these!!! All those discordant notes and minor chords are just excellent. I did not know that there were songs this good by The Cure I had not yet heard. I always thought I was an early adaptor having started in with the Cure with the vinyl of Three Imaginary Boys which dropped in 1979, just barely ahead of this. Somehow I never heard this one!!

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

When I discovered Disintegration for the first time, I took a dive into the Cure's discography. Falling in love with masterpieces such as the aforementioned LP, Pornography, and Faith, I felt this release didn't have the same hit. After listening to this today, I realize my initial assessment was unfair. This album shows so much raw talent and ideas coming into place that would pave the way for the refined beauty that is Pornography and Disintegration. "A Forest" particularly grabbed me and swept me away this time. Solid entry from a superb band.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

Darkwave for days

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Not quite as dark as later efforts… I really lack the lower production values though. Brings the songwriting to fore… for there aren’t many better exponents!

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Sat Aug 13 2022
4

amazing spooky atmosphere

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

El primer de la trilogia obscura de la banda, i el seu primer gran clàssic. Més que cançons -tot i que hi és 'A Forest', una bogeria de tema, el que conta aquí és l'ambient que genera, l'atmòsfera carregada i opressiva que caracteritzaria a un génere que ells van sublimar

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

0/10 album was actually 38 minutes long Jokes aside, this album actually changed ratings for me over the course of the weekend. What started as around a 3 for me went up to 4 when I found myself listening to it again. What I think I appreciate most about this album is the atmosphere it builds - yes, it can be a bit same-y, but I really dig the sound and can feel myself getting sucked into the world it creates. It's nowhere near as big or as flashy as the band's later work, but it's solidly consistent and gives a taste for things to come. Not a lot of the tracks are standouts, however, I do think this album is the definition of the whole being stronger than the sum of the parts. While I probably wouldn't go back to listen to individual tracks, I can definitely see myself listening to the full album again in the future. I do want to give a shoutout to A Forest though, which is an absolute banger, and feels a bit like foreshadowing to the band's future. Not their best album, but still a solid entry, and I'm happy to have been exposed to it. Favorite songs: A Forest, Play For Today

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

M and In your House and At night still slap. Excellent start of their dark decent to Pornography.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Hadn't listened in a while and hadn't realized how deeply embedded in my brain this album is.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Very nice mixing in places, spacious piano and guitar. Good vibe tracks

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

wistful, yet upbeat - the vocals somehow blend into the music as just another instrument. At the same time, there is a coldness and distance to the sounds...

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Por ser The Cure ...

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Instruments were the spotlight.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

4.5/5

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

These guys may not have had the MTV face like a lot of early 80's bands but this album shows that you didn't need Downtown Julie Brown fawning over you to be good. Very enjoyable listen and if I have to have a playlist of 1001 albums, I'm definitely not hitting the skip button when this one comes up.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Drifts by at mid-tempo with a few forays into higher blood pressure (\"Play For Today\"). The mix has some nice hidden layering. \"In Your House\" is an hypnotic ode to boredom and perhaps intrigue.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

there's something wrong with the album on technical standpoint besides that it's okay

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

The last The Cure record blew me away. This one is from earlier in their catalog so I was curious to hear how it differed. It felt a little more jammy, a little less produced, a little rawer sounding. This definitely feels like the foundation for the sound they would eventually cultivate on later releases, and for me, it was a great listen. The shorter intro/interlude tracks help pace the album out properly. And "A Forest" is one of my favorite The Cure songs by far!

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

J'ai découvert cet album il y a peut-être un an et je crois que c'est mon préféré du groupe. Il y a beaucoup de place pour les ambiances et le mix des instruments et l'ambiance froide est parfait. J'aime vraiment beaucoup cet album.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Yes, right up my street. Fetch me the black nail varnish! Fave track - "A Forest" is an absolute tune - feel like I've heard a lot of covers of it, too...

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

I wasn't expecting the ambient piano solo start. The bass always plays a blinder on Cure albums. This wouldn't sound out of place as a 2022 new release. A Forest is a great single.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Good album, some tracks were a bit repetitive though

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

3.5/5

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

don't get me wrong, this is a really nice-sounding album, I just feel like it could give me more. nothing felt too groundbreaking or exciting, but a very nice listen 7/10

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