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Pornography

the Cure Audio CD
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1. One Hunderd Years
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6. A Strange Day
7. Cold
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Originally a Goth-flavored post-punk outfit, the Cure evolved into one of the truly seminal bands of the '80s, and ultimately one of modern rock's most celebrated and influential acts. Guided by creative visionary Robert Smith, the Cure's signature sound balances a dreamy pop savvy with a dark, brooding majesty and fuses superbly crafted, literate songs with a feverish emotional intensity. The band's early catalog-newly remastered and expanded with a wealth of rarities-is a series of masterpieces that laid the groundwork for their phenomenal and enduring popularity. Elektra. 2005.

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Singer Robert Smith was determined to make the Cure one of the most distinctive groups of any age. After jaunty power pop was in vogue, Smith shifted to tone poems and ethereal freakouts. However, with Pornography, he entered the downward spiral that prompted the greatest music of his career. The title track is sheer hell as Smith abandons music altogether. But the remaining tracks are among the finest the '80s had to offer. "One Hundred Years," with its grinding riff, "Siamese Twins," with its stuttering beat, and "The Figurehead" ("I laughed in the mirror for the first time in a year") are gothic studies in terror par excellence. Nothing sounded like Pornography, not even other Cure records. It has since been decided that Pornography is the first volume of a trilogy that's completed by Disintegration and Bloodflowers. Both are worthy, but nothing beats the first installment. --Rob O'Connor

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Zone March 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
When released in 1982, "Pornography" was the kind of album that the Cure had never made before, or have made since. "Disintegration" and "Bloodflowers" may have been gloomy affairs, but at least their guitars and atmosphere were luscious with sound. "Pornography," however, is anything but; the songs are stark; the drums pounding, robotic, tribal; the production abrasive; the lyrics often venturing into unadulterated terror. After nearly 25 years, this still remains one of the band's strongest, perhaps best album to date. Without question, "Pornography" is the Cure's darkest album, easily surpassing "Faith" and "Disintegration" with its violent lyrics, Phil Spector-in-Hell production, and imagery of vacant rooms and murders in showers. Just look at its jarring cover: three figures in white masks, bathed in red light...that should give you the clue that this isn't a poppy CD with "Just Like Heaven" on it.

Beginning with the harrowing "100 Years," the Cure's punk-rock roots clearly haven't been forgotten. "It doesn't matter if we all die/Ambition in the back of a black car" Robert Smith sings to the point of desperation, as the guitars and drums wrap around his voice like a noose. Immediately followed by "A Short Term Effect," we encounter that signature Cure guitar sound, heavily distorted, at times sounding like it was recorded backwards. Coincidently, it sounds a lot like Depeche Mode's "Never Let Me Down Again."

While the schizophrenic "Hanging Garden" is one of the more poppy moments in the album, it's followed immediately by two sure standouts, the stuttering "Siamese Twins" and the robotic-like pounding "The Figurehead," both some of the best songs the Cure ever wrote in the '80s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dark, brooding and beautiful. June 18 2004
By SKOLVK
Format:Audio CD
Usually with a Cure album you get a little from both sides of the coin. You'll get some poppy songs and some darker type songs.That's what makes Cure albums like "Wish" so great but I always seem to find myself skiping to those "Darker" Cure tracks. If you're guilty like me, (admit it! you are!) then "Pornograpy" is a godsend. I've never heard The Cure sound so bleek and spiteful. Every song is driven by a relentless drum beat and the wail of distorted guitars. Robert Smith pores his heart out, poetically painting in our minds memories of pain and helplessness, all the while we hear our own thoughts and feelings reflected through his words. I think that's why I like this album so much. It's The Cure's most honest and accessable album. It's the album that's less abstract in subject matter and more focused, more personally reveiling. "Siamese Twins" and "The Figurehead" are the backbone of the album. Both songs are epic tales of isolation and regret set to some of the most powerful music I've heard The Cure make since..well..ever! "A Sort Term Effect" "A Strange Day" and "Cold" are also great Cure tracks. The only track I didn't enjoy very much was "The Hanging Garden" It doesn't really go anywhere. Overall, this is an amazing and emotion fueled classic. If you're a Cure vet or just getting into them, Pornography is a must for your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars over the edge May 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
It comes as no surprise, given what I have read over the years about vocalist/lyricist/guitarist Robert Smith's state of mind (due to the massive intake of psychedelic drugs during its creation ) that hearing Pornography is like a mental collapse commited to tape. Never before have I heard such madness set to music. It is the Dark Side of the Moon for the eighties generation. All the bases are covered. Paranoia. Death. Madness. Desperation. Lust. Fear and Loathing. It's all here. I am really looking forward to the re-issues in the Fall of 2004 ( when they are promised ) for this cd, as I am to believe it will contain a bonus disc of rarities. I am also hoping for a better sounding remaster( which is also promised )as the current cd of Pornography is itself a bit muddled, as far as sound goes. It's the only reason i dock this cd a point. I had the album that A&M released in 1982, and it sounded much better than the cd Elektra put out a few years ago. If it can be restored to its former glory the world will be complete, and I can get on with my life. For now, until then, I will watch the DVD of the Trilogy concert and enjoy the best sounding version of the Pornography set available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, weighty, and fierce March 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I used to listen to this when this album was first released in 1982; I was 13. It made a huge impact on me that I notice now, listening to it again for the first time since high school. First, it helped me understand depth in music and lyrics, as well as my first discoveries of humanity, psychology, and intensity. Secondly, it is some of the most original music that I have heard, even ever since; I didn't realize that it would make my musical interests so hard to satisfy and so diverse all at once. Third, there is a way that Robert Smith's guitar-playing, singing, and lyrics forge a place in the heart and soul that can be touched by very few people, artists, musicians, etc. I love this album, and all of the Cure's work. It's amazing to see them grow through various phases-- with patience, they mark each of their phases with several albums, and the years it takes for them as a group to develop their different approaches to life: their "pop" and love song side and those years and albums where they learn and progress toward their own perfection, as well as their more personal, solitary emotions. It's cool that they force their fans to follow them through all of it, although they lost me at the beginning of their pop phase, I guess once a Cure fan, always a Cure fan, because I came back!
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
lots of new stuff to check out in the rarities CD
Published 1 month ago by serge
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have
This is one of the few albums everyone into british new-wave and post punk should absolutely own
Published on Jan. 4 2010 by Francois Pelletier
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one
This album originally was hindered a bit by the production. It could have been so much better than it was, but anyone who really knows this album well knows that it is a... Read more
Published on April 26 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait for remaster
You know what, it's not a bad album at all, but, if I were you and if you're a fan, which would in turn make you like me, I'd wait for the digital remaster due out in a few months. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2004 by Iqbal Faizer
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait for remaster
You know what, it's not a bad album at all, but, if I were you and if you're a fan, which would in turn make you like me, I'd wait for the digital remaster due out in a few months. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2004 by Iqbal Faizer
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the dark side.
"Pornography" isn't my favorite album of theirs, but if you're drawn to the darker side of the band, this is definitely what you want. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Smith Rules!
Pornography is my favorite CD from The Cure! It's the darkest and it has more of a gothic feel than the other cure albums. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Rico
5.0 out of 5 stars WAITING FOR THE DEATH BLOW...
The Cure's <i>Pornography</i> is hauntingly beautiful, dark, twisted, and disturbing. It's the kind of album that makes you want to break the cd or vinyl and slash your... Read more
Published on May 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Pornography for you?
Ignore the title this is not a happy CD and if you're a big Cure fan you've probably realised by now that Robert Smith has this 'thing' where he always complains about ho nobody... Read more
Published on March 22 2004 by Sera
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