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4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars

on 9 June 2014
I would have given this record a 5 star rating, but, The final sound is a pointless under a minute track that needn't have been added to a otherwise brilliant album!! A classic cure album with some truly great tracks...A Forest, M, Play for today...............
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on 3 March 2016
one of my fave albums, I love the minimal sound and production. darker than the first album but not overwhelmingly bleak like Faith and Pornography. highly recommended!
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on 9 December 2005
17 Seconds, together with Faith, is one of The Cure's greatest albums. The atmosphere created is briiliant. Anyone who already owns the original version should buy the duluxe version as it contains lots of great bonus material, particularly taken from their live rarities album which came out in the mid 80s and which has not been re-released. Enjoy!
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on 8 May 2015
Classic Cure especially on vinyl as it would have been originally. If you love the Cure you will definitely have this.
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on 22 October 2014
Another great album by The Cure
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on 1 February 2015
One of the great albums.
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on 16 May 2004
The Cure occupy a unique place in 80s indie music, because Robert Smith was never afraid to let his emotions show. Their early music is often compared to contemporaries such as Joy Division, Wire etc., but Bob's blank-faced posture (as evidenced in the videos of the era) could never quite hide the fact that the Cure were always first and foremost an emotional band. This is the Cure's first mature album - the urgent sentiments evident in Boys Don't Cry are focused, through perfect simplicity of arrangement and spartan production, into one of the essential records of the post-punk era. Either you fall under their spell, or you don't. If you do, here's to you - Na Zdravnya!
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on 23 February 2013
This is the second album of the band and, in my opinion, better than the first. There are compositions and a more consistent style better defined. The instrumental part is better structured and Robert Smith vocals too. Most, perhaps, prefer "Three Imaginary Boys". It's a matter of taste. This version with the second album was not very happy because there are bad production recordings and live tracks are original songs from the album. Vale to just who is a fan, for the other album single will suffice. Completing Disc 1 (original) is good and Disc 2 (extras) is weak. Note 6.5.
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on 14 May 2015
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#1 HALL OF FAMEon 28 September 2001
The Cure moved from the Buzzcocks meets Pere Ubu sounds of '3 Imaginary Boys' to this place. O.K., it's possibly rooted in the area Joy Division operated in- but then so are songs like 'Mushroom' by Can and 'My Dark Ages' by Pere Ubu. This record is very dark- influenced by Bowie's 'Low', Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks' & Nick Drake's 'Five Leaves Left'. It is very melancholy- the themes seem to be isolation & alienation. Suited to the bleak period in the UK- and sitting well next to records like 'Metal Box', 'Secondhand Daylight', 'Closer' and 'Crocodiles'. This is the sound Robert Smith & co would seem to trademark and return to frequently with records like 'Disintergration' & 'Blood Flowers'.
Opening with the doomy intro, 'A Reflection', the album takes off with 'Play For Today'- with it's great bassline by Simon Gallup and Matthiu Hartley's keyboards. It's very minimal and is the meeting point of songs like 'Boys Don't Cry' & 'A Forest'...'Secrets' is next: a whispered-vocal over a menancing bassline- the drums, being played by the er, minimal Lol Tolhurst are very minimal. They may even be drum machines. The sound of the album is human doubt over a machine beat- the bass-playing and lyrics seeming to be the only human elements. 'In Your House' is a fantastic song, the sound of 'Fire in Cairo' & '3 Imaginary Boys' taken to the next level- Smith's controlled guitars are breathtaking.A big influence on Big Black's 'Bad Houses'! 'Three' sounds like Can or Neu- and could have fitted easily on the formers 'Tago Mago'. Really, what Radiohead are doing now is not that different to what The Cure were doing in 1980...'The Final Sound' leads into 'A Forest', probably one of The Cure's most important songs. The atmosphere builds up- and Smith talks of a dream-like world, seemingly adult with childhood fears (or should that be child with adulthood fears?). That final bass-riff is so simple, yet so enchanting. 'M' is a more keyboard driven track- imagine a more stripped 'Grinding Halt'- as with much of the album it sounds like it's taking place at night-time. At the point where we start to dream- or pace in insomnia...Which leads us to 'At Night', which may just have been influenced by a short-piece by Kafka entitled 'At Night' (see 'The Great Wall of China'). It is probably my fave song here- and one of their best- it seems to be exploring the false idea of security we accept when in the oblivion of sleep. Unknowing of the menace, intangible, that is taking place outside. A paranoid's wet-dream!. The title-track is a drum-machine ordered song, I still haven't got a clue what "17 seconds, is all it takes" refers to. It sounds very sinister- we think of murder or suicide- this is a very bleak record!
And it would get worse, 'Faith' being the biggest downer for me ('Pornography' is alive with anger & rage; 'Disintergration' is serene & holy in some ways). This album captures the melancholy of the passing fade of youth- it makes me think of 'Ghost World' & 'TB Sheets' & 'Beside You' & 'Pink Moon' & 'Northern Sky'& the posthumous albums by Billy Mackenzie. The way Richard E. Grant is at the end of 'Withnail & I'. Or the lead of Bergman's 'Summer with Monika' at that films denoument. Even the notion of Humbert Humbert in 'Lolita'- the reason for his paedophilia is to re-capture a love from his youth...All very interesting and arresting- as is this fine album- which is one of the best releases by The Cure or anyone in the 1980's.
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