|2. Play for Today|
|4. In Your House|
|6. Final Sound|
|9. At Night|
|10. Seventeen Sounds|
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 ›
I first enjoyed this album 17 years ago and it still sends a shiver up my spine when the mood is right.
"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 ›