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This review is from: Seventeen Seconds (Audio CD)
This is a s generally a brooding, atmospheric, and somber album, although it does portray flashes of anger and frustration. Its almost progressive rock gone Indie. It is an internal affair with a sense of belief in something, ranging in scope from the confident to the utterly unassailable with supernatural undertones. Its easy to see why these were adopted as the ambassadors of the early Goth subculture. The cure have always been unconventional and as such attract an unconventional audience. Mainstream success was never their goal. when this Album was made it provided the prefect balance between the manufactured of the lipstick, gloss and mascara that had invaded the media. And I am so glad it did.
The music is creepily haunting and can easily be seen as the brother to the banshees, indeed Robert smith did tend to hop ship from time to time during this period. It's safe to say that the word "bleak" cannot easily be over applied to this record, and should be listened to side by side with Faith to get perspective, the chilling sounds of melancholy despair-and-destruction is resonated in excellently The cover of the album gives an indication of what lies within. A cold blurry confussed landscape creates the impression of the metomorphise between child and adult. Like a lot of Cure albums, it can difficult to listen to at times it is almost formless insofar as casual listening will blend all the tracks together into a shapeless mass of unhappiness and depression. It lacks instantly recognisable hooks or lyrical flashes which stick in your mind. Rather like wet charcoal it takes a lot of time to get going and when it does, it burns slowly with clouds of thick dense smoke. It does require what may be regarded as active listening to begin to appreciate the tracks as individual pieces.
The cure have always been about Robert Smith and perhaps there very strength is also their Achilles heel. Although he can succeed at conjuring corrosively dark atmospheres the compositions can be at times minimalist to truly have the effectiveness that one would desire. However the cure do have the knack of adorning their nightmares with vocals, that are powerful and gut-wrenching that sounds so hopeless and bleak it's as if any second you could be sucked in to those droning bass figures and baritone guitars. The music and texture is considered by many to be dark, depressing but scrape beneath the venire and you will find some beautiful and creative melodies and lamentations
When listen ti the cure one should forget the reconceptions and just liten and be carried away on a voyage deep within ones own subconscience.
The North had Bunnymen, Joy Division and the Chameleons
The south had The Cure and The Sound
Time has proved that the Cure were actually the most resillient.