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Pornography

the Cure Audio CD
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6. A Strange Day
7. Cold
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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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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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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 a must have Jan. 4 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the few albums everyone into british new-wave and post punk should absolutely own
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one April 26 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 masterpiece anyway. I prefer 17 seconds, but this is great too.The remsatering improves the album greatly. It is still a tad hazy, for lack of a better word, but the drums on Hanging Garden are definitely clearer. The demos on side 2 are better than the ones on faith and 17, THey (the demos) sound like they could have been recorded yesterday. The live stuff is poorly recorded but interesting. Overall buy this you won't regret it. If for nothing else, the remastered version of Short term Effect!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wait for remaster Aug. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I actually love this album, but the sound is kind of murky, and the singer himself has said that the record company messed up the CD mastering, which he intends to supervise this time around. It'll also contain an extra disc of bonus sides.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wait for remaster Aug. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. It'll also contain an extra disc of bonus sides.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the dark side. July 12 2004
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
"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. "Faith" and "Disintegration" do the trick too, but not like this. Songs like "100 Years" and "The Figurehead" are excellent, and will show you how upbeat and happy the "Greatest Hits" songs really are. "Cold" is a perfect name for that song, and my personal favorite track is "A Strange Day". Overall it's a great album, and a must for real "Cure" fans, except for those under the age of 18, they shouldn't have "Pornography".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Smith Rules! June 21 2004
By Rico
Format:Audio CD
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. This CD is a must for any Cure fan or for anyone who likes dark music. If you've never heard The Cure before then you might want to try Staring at the Sea: The Singles first, but if you like pop music then buy The Cure - Greatest Hits instead. Anyways, Pornography is an excellent CD with awesome tracks like Siamese Twins, Hanging Garden, and Figurehead. Once you buy this CD you will see how great it is, so stop postponing the inevitable and buy this dark, twisted haunting album know as Pornography.
Related CDs:
Disintegration - The Cure
Bloodflowers - The Cure
Freak Perfume - Diary of Dreams
Apparitions - Hungry Lucy
Comalies - Lacuna Coil
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Robert Smith kicks a$$!
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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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