AOTY 2018


The Cure - Pornography
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Based on 3 reviews
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Based on 143 ratings
1982 Ratings: #13
May 3, 1982 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fiction / Label
Phil Thornalley, The Cure / Producer
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The Cure have always alluded to a more depressing and sad world in their past records, but it's here in Pornography where we fully see that world. And my God is it a interesting world to explore. The music here is dark. The lyrics here are dark. The album, the band, the entire feeling of this wonderfully depressing and insanely sad experience is dark. And it's probably one of the more eye opening and best music listening experiences that I've had in a long time.

Favorite Jams: Everything ... read more
It took repeat listens over several years to finally develop an appreciation for this LP. I could barely make it past the 1st track because I found the swirling cacophony to be quite distressing. Uncomfortable. Tedious. Annoying. Just because The Cure carry the label of Dream Pop doesn't necessarily make it a surreal Disneyland joyride of a dream, ya dig! But, if you make it to the 3rd track, The Hanging Garden then the album begins to sound less surreally nightmarish. Given that this record ... read more
Stuck in a claustrophobic dead end, filled with drugs and depression, just a moment before collapsing, the crucial choice was to turn the nightmare into music, chaotic, impenetrable but music.
I expected more.
8. Siamese Twins
7. Pornography
6. A Strange Day
5. Cold
4. A Short Term Effect
3. The Hanging Garden
2. One Hundred Years
1. The Figurehead
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Track List

  1. One Hundred Years 
  2. A Short Term Effect 
  3. The Hanging Garden 
  4. Siamese Twins 
  5. The Figurehead 
  6. A Strange Day 
  7. Cold 
  8. Pornography
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Added on: October 18, 2012