Seventeen Seconds Original recording remastered
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Clocking in at a mere 35 minutes the original release felt much longer because of it's deeply seductive power. Within it's beautiful simplicity lies an instinctive and thrilling songwriting talent. There are no bad tracks here at all. Even the short instrumental interludes (that originally marked the beginnings of side one and side two of the vinyl album & cassette) are just perfect.
This album was just one of the reasons why 'fans' took the Cure so much to heart. I'm not talking about the usual black clad, backcombed pale and poetic youths of the time or even the few Kensington Market types who dressed and wore their hair exactly like Robert Smith. This band crossed over to all sorts of people because they really were that good. And for that generation the Cure's music became something of a soundtrack to their lives.
When this album was first released it seemed obvious that this band were going to be special. But absolutely no-one could have guessed the twisty path they were going to take.
New to the Cure? Start here and work forward (and back). It's a strange and wonderful journey.
The lyrics hardly matter unusually for me because of its dreamlike quality.
I read a long time ago that Robert Smith had dreamt the music and upon waking he and the band went on to make the album.Its an early album but one of their very best.
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.
It is short album but perfectly formed - each track earns its keep.
I still don't understand how such a low key set of songs can make my hair stand on end and still sound so fresh every time I listen.
If you have never listened to the Cure or just never listened to this album do yourself a huge favour and get it today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Less poppy than 'Three Imaginary Boys' but instrumentally lighter and more minimalist than the albums that followed it ('Faith' and 'Pornography'), 'Seventeen Seconds' can be seen... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Not quite rabid
I bought this album when it first came out (on vinyl obiously), and thought it high time that I should re-visit it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MR A C Roome
The Cure's second album, and for me personally, just as good as their first.
Not as full of instantly hummable punky pop songs, but this is where Goth Rock really... Read more
What can you add to (in my mind) the Cure's greatest album ever produced. When i first saw them (3 Imaginary Boys) i thought that this band are going places. Read morePublished on 26 July 2014 by Mr. S. Cavalli
I have just noticed that negative reviews have been posted by one individual. Curious don`t you think? Read morePublished on 10 May 2010 by Mild Dill Hotpot