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I'm not sure but I think that this is rather good stuff,
This review is from: Seventeen Seconds (Audio CD)
After many years following the Cure I remain baffled by this record. Where does it fit in? Which Cure are we listening to? All questions I've asked myself...
My initial impressions were that this is at worst a patchy and difficult upward shift in gear by the Cure and that at best it's a clear signpost for subsequent greatness. As the years have drifted past my views have mellowed and the importance of this recording has steadily dawned. This is a significant record in the Cure canon.
If one ignores the (predominanty) intrumental tracks 'A reflection', 'Three' and 'The final sound' you are left with a collection of exceptional songs.
Favourites include; 'Play for today' even with its overly complex guitar parts. The whispered 'Secrets' remains a solid prototype for so many subsequent Cure songs - brilliant.
One can't help but mention 'A Forest', which along with 'Faith', is the Cure's signature live track. The studio original doesn't quite live up to it's live performance status. However, don't dispair as it's followed by the simply awesome 'M', which is possibly the Cure's most underrated track. I'd like to hope that 'M' is a homage to the Fritz Lang/ Peter Lorre film - who knows, it remains a high point on this album.
In short, if you are new to the Cure make sure you buy this album; it is so much more than simply the record with 'A forest'. Infact, it is the keynote to their quintet of golden greats - "Faith", "Pornography", "The top" and "Head on". With the very notable exception of "Disintegration" they've never bettered these recordings.
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Initial post: 21 Apr 2009 14:38:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Apr 2009 14:39:11 BDT
P. M. Stoddart says:
M is a brilliant song, but sadly it's not about the Fritz Lang masterpiece, but actually a touching love song to his wife "Mary". Fabulous album though.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2012 13:28:48 BDT
K. K. Jakubczyk says:
Dear P R
Thank you for your comment - that all makes sense, thank you.
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