Seventeen Seconds

The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
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Based on 4 reviews
1980 Ratings: #64 / 115
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Based on 218 ratings
1980 Ratings: #43
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April 18, 1980 / Release Date
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There is something evil about this album, at lest when compared to The Cure's debut. It's almost the album equivalent to a horror film, with a gigantic sense of dread and gloom laced in with the sparing and desperate instrumentation. If Three Imaginary Boys is the party, Seventeen Seconds is the dark, depressing hangover, and makes for a damn captivating listen.

Favorite Jams: A Forest, M, At Night

Lest Favorite: Secrets
"Seventeen Seconds" is a haunting, gripping, gloomy and beautifully produced transition towards the gothic post-punk sound The Cure is usually known for, with hypnotizing, effects-laden guitar hooks and Robert Smith's thought-provoking lyrics.

Fav Tracks: A Forest, M, Play for Today, In Your House, Seventeen Seconds, At Night

Least Fav Track: The Final Sound

So raw and sparse, this is one of my favourite records in their discography. Robert smith's lyrics are gripping and depressing and are on par with pornography and disintegration.
Holy sh*t, this was incredible. The instrumentals often sounded similar to one another in multiple songs, but that doesn't take away from the fact that they were some of the best-constructed instrumentals I've ever heard. They were truly breath-taking. The bass lines from Simon Gallup were the true highlight of these instrumentals. The bass work alone is deserving of a 90. Robert Smith's energized performance gave the album the spark of personality that the band's debut severely lacked. This ... read more
every time I listen to a different The Cure record, I get lost, I forget any other Cure record and completely fall in love with what im listening to, this is another amazing album by them This and Faith have to be some of my favorite stuff of theirs, idk why I just love both of them
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Track List

  1. A Reflection 
  2. Play For Today 
  3. Secrets 
  4. In Your House 
  5. Three 
  6. The Final Sound 
  7. A Forest 
  8. At Night 
  9. Seventeen Seconds
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Added on: October 18, 2012