Seventeen Seconds Original recording remastered
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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 dreamy pop savvy and poetic lyricism with a dark, brooding intensity. The band's first four groundbreaking albums-newly remastered-are a series of masterpieces that laid the groundwork for their phenomenal and enduring popularity. Fusing superbly crafted songs with charged emotional depth from the very beginning, The Cure's early catalogue, as upgraded by Rhino, is ready to be revisted. 2006.
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1. A Reflection
A short keyboard instrumental. The main melody is simple, comprised of three chords that any novice could play within minutes. But much like the rest of the album, its strength lies in its simplicity. It's a haunting little piece, and should give you the idea that this album will be a lot different from their debut.
2. Play For Today
This is one of two singles from the album, and it's not tough to see why. It's the most accessible song on the album, built around a rather catchy and energetic/punk-ish guitar melody. It sounds like "Jumping Someone Else's Train"'s cousin, only darker, better, and more personal; the lyrics delve into the mind of somebody involved in an insincere relationship.
A great song, built around a thick bass line. It carries a tense tone throughout.
4. In Your House
Another great song, with one of the catchier guitar melodies on the album. Again, atmospheric and haunting. You'll probably think every song sounds the same the first time you listen to this - I did as well.Read more ›
"Seventeen Seconds" is a marvel of an album. It's classic moping Cure, yet upon further, deeper listens, one may become intrigued by the curious flow of the tracks from beginning to end.
Does anyone else out there wonder if there's a story being told with this album? After listening to it several times, I began to wonder if maybe it's a soundtrack to an "unknown" tale of childhood death. Listening to "Seventeen Seconds" invokes images of two children, a boy and girl, playing together in their lovely, yet strikingly lonely house. One thing leads to another and the kids find themselves leaving home to explore the world outside their bedrooms.
Could there be a stalker in the woods who preys on children? Could there be an escaped murderer trekking around the quiet, wooded neighborhood that wouldn't think twice about taking advantage of curious children?
There's something horribly wrong with the atmosphere in "Seventeen..." and I can't help but consider scenarios like the ones I've shared above. Even song titles flow like a list of chapters of a murder mystery novel. "Reflection" could be the lament of the murderer looking back to the horrible deeds he committed long ago on these poor children. The "Play for Today" would represent the children then having fun with each other before making the mistake of leaving home.
It goes on from there. "M" could simply stand for "murder."
"The Final Sound" is very peculiar. ..very dark and devious. "Final" suggests death.
"A Forest" is where the cops and investigators finally find the kids' final resting spots.
What could 17 seconds represent? It's a measure of life. ..Read more ›
So while someone who's listened to The Cure since its birth could say they like their earlier material best, I'm gonna naturally have a different perspective. I have my personal favorites... yah, "Disintegration is the best album ever!!" (heh, yah,
think that South Park episode with Rob), Pornography is darker than some people can stand but I love it anyway, & Wish has some memorable songs that remind me of high school...So where does this one fit in? After 10 Cure (counting 1 live, 2 best-ofs & mixed up), ok, then make that 6 albums I've owned before this one, it's not my favorite, but it's still a must-have for fans of the earlier darker material. I agree with couple of other reviewers, this definitely makes for a good winter afternoon listening... like it is now. Besides the 2 I heard on 'Staring at the Sea', I also really like tracks 3, 8 & 10. I still haven't heard the 2 albums that came before this... so I still have some homework to do.
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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 morePublished on Aug. 2 2004 by Muldfeld
The Cure have many brilliant albums, but Seventeen Seconds stands alone in its ambient style and mysterious beauty. Read morePublished on July 7 2004
Awesome album! Must have BUT WAIT!!! A remastered version with extras tracks is coming around summer 2004Published on May 6 2004
Closer has replaced Seventeen Seconds as my favorite record, but I still love it. The LP has a better sound than the CD on good equipment. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by SRS
The first installment on what many fans consider the 'real' Trilogy (Seventeen Seconds, Faith, Pornography), and it is quite a departure from the crispy, clean-cut minimalist... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003 by Mark
Robert may consider Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers as his band's Trilogy, but to many listeners they are simply 3 excellent albums in the bands long career. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by satan
Moving right along from Boys Don't Cry, this album is a vast improvement and a definite leap towards The Cure that we'd all come to know and love later on. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003 by R. Brown
Seventeen Seconds was the best Cure album, closely followed by Faith, and then they descended into Pornography which was just TOO dark and monotonous, but still not a bad album -... Read morePublished on July 16 2003