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This review is from: Seventeen Seconds (Audio CD)The lyrics are weak and the minimalist skeletal music has next to zero variation throughout the whole 35 minute album. All the songs sound the same and only "A Forrest" transcends beyond the musical deficiencies of the band. The songwriting just isn't there to support such samey sounding songs.
1. "A Reflection" - 2:09 (3 stars)
Slow crawling melodic opening instrumental. Very short. Nice but not really a tune in and of itself. More of an intro that could have been attached directly to the next song.
2. "Play for Today" - 3:39 (2 stars)
Cure by numbers. Up-tempo track that doesn't amount to much.
3. "Secrets" - 3:20 (2 stars)
Not very memorable mid-tempo song. Bass is the most melodic instrument. Have no idea what the song is about as the vocals are low in the mix. Song goes nowhere.
4. "In Your House" - 4:07 (3 stars)
Plodding mid-tempo track with whooshing sound effects. Has a sustained keyboard(?) backing that reminds me of the keyboards in Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart".
5. "Three" - 2:36 (2 stars)
Solid drumbeat and piano instrumental with some incomprehensible vocal sounds in the distance.
6. "The Final Sound" - 0:53 (1 star)
Short ominous piano instrumental. No melody. Pointless. Adds nothing to the album.
7. "A Forest" - 5:55 (5 stars)
An extended version (by two minutes) of one of their signature singles. Works a tight, minimalist, ghostly groove. Very atmospheric. The first rock song on the album. One of the very best songs by The Cure.
8. "M" - 3:03 (3 stars)
Vocals are more upfront so this sounds like a real song. Pleasant enough but again it doesn't really amount to much. Good guitar at the end.
9. "At Night" - 5:54 (2 stars)
Generic mid-tempo plodding by numbers Cure song. Bass dominates and the vocals are low in the mix.
10. "Seventeen Seconds" - 4:02 (1 star)
Vocals are just one short verse in the middle surrounded by generic samey instrumental passages on either side. If sequenced earlier I might like this track a bit more, but by this point it's just boring.
I have no reason to ever listen to this again as it only has one excellent song on it which is on their Greatest Hits CD. The album is a long samey dirge, and the basic sound just isn't that great at this point in the band's career to support the weak songwriting.
If you grew up with this album then I'm sure it's a masterpiece to you. If you're from a newer generation then I doubt you'll get much, if anything, out of it.
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2009 09:12:39 BDT
Well, I'm 18 and I heard this record this year for the first time. I don't like much the Cure, but the first 2 albums I adore. So basically
"If you grew up with this album then I'm sure it's a masterpiece to you. If you're from a newer generation then I doubt you'll get much, if anything, out of it."
I have to disagree with you on this one. Didn't grew up with this but still think it's a masterpiece :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2009 12:45:38 GMT
R. Reed says:
Glad you like it Krista. At 32 I could be considered a 'new' Cure fan as I was only a toddler when this came out but having an older goth brother can have some advantages...
My favourite Cure album and perhaps their first 'real' studio album since Three Imaginary Boys was hastily put together and they had little creative control. Thus SS marks the first appreance of the trademark 'flanger' guitar and tight electronic drum and effect sounds. Not to mention mesmeric bass playing from The Cure's other notable personality simon Gallup.
There's lots of great archive performances from this period on Youtube which proves they were much more than a boring, moody studio experiment- so check em out.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2010 14:09:31 BDT
Rev Q Sand says:
I discovered this album just over ten years after it was released and it quickly became one of my favourite Cure albums. I find it to be atmospheric, imaginative and melodic and i still love it now.
Posted on 25 Apr 2010 11:27:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Apr 2010 15:43:25 BDT
E. M. Flynn says:
Another very boring, boring review. I would not mind so much if there was anything of interest here but it is a tirade of complete and utter nonsense. Banal and boring.
Posted on 27 Sep 2011 15:58:36 BDT
Wilma Dearing says:
Obviously this reviewer knows not what of which it talks. As a Cure fan of old (as I say in my review) this is the Cure at their very best. This and Faith. I never liked the commercial stuff which they brought out later. I was living with a man in those days and he never liked Pornography or these albums so I guess it is specific type (deep and intelligent) who like these albums and this type of thougtful music.
On a personal note: I was in LA living when I bought this and Faith. A lifeboat and crew were lost in Cornwall trying to save another ships crew. "Drowning Man" (Faith) always evokes this sad event in my mind and I always think of these lost heroes when this track is on as I was playing the tape a lot when it happened and the news reached LA from Cornwall. It was on the news there as it was such a huge tragedy. I knew some of the men who died.
Posted on 23 Mar 2013 00:58:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2013 01:00:25 GMT
P. Yates says:
Well I'm old enough to know all about The cure, siouxsie and all the rest of the bands from that era and they were ground breaking. They changed the music landscape, they moved punk on into the new goth movement, long before the modern day goths. Check out Bauhaus and Sisters of Mercy if you want to know more about the original goth movement. This album may sound very samey to you but it's because you are not fully immersed into the genre. If you were, you'd be taken away into the cures world, into their vision of music and you would enjoy it. Never mind, your loss.
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