The Cure
Pornography


5.0
classic

Review

by sobelecta USER (9 Reviews)
September 20th, 2005 | 92 replies | 27,489 views


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist


7 of 8 thought this review was well written

Oh, The Cure. After years of classic records and some of the most scariest music ever made, all that they have been remembered for is tracks like 'Inbetween Days' and 'Friday, I'm in Love'. While these are all excellent pop songs in their own right, they will never have the power and scariness of the album 'Pornography'.

Released on label Fiction Records in the early 80's, this has often been deemed as the definitive Cure album. As a CD, it revolutionised rock music, and became a huge inspiration to future goth and emo bands. The album was made during a very hard time for the Cure, when the drugs had kicked in, and success had taken over, and you can hear it prominently throughout the album.

The album begins with 'One Hundred Years'. It is one of the strongest songs on the album, and mixes the right blend of pure evil and catchiness. It works as a first song on the album, although some people will think the first line 'It doesn't matter if we all die' is a bit strong. But that line seems to describe the album perfectly.

The second track, 'A Short Term Effect' is a slightly experimental track, which uses a lot of different effects which come off well. The echo of Robert Smith's vocal is a stroke of genious, making him sound even more desperate. The nest track is the memorable 'The Hanging Garden'. The war drums come off loud and strong, and the bass and guitar rifles through with an immense sense of urgency. The cymbals throughout seem so small, but add so much to the song. In like all the tracks, it's the little bits that seem to make the songs work and sound so much more interesting.

Next up is 'Siamese Twins', with a very unusual, downbeat drumbeat, and an unusual oriental guitar. While it isn't one of the strongest songs on the album, the lyrics are very strange, saying 'flesh and blood is the first kiss'. Could this be about incest? After that, is 'The Figurehead'. It has one of the darkest basslines on the album, and the song continues again on the dark, gloomy note. The guitar is excellent, showing Robert Smith's songwriting ability, and the drums even sound painful. The guitar at the end climax with an evil power, like the band is possessed by the devil.

Next is 'A Strange Day', with Robert Smith showing off his excellent lyrical ability again. Sometimes it seems so surreal and black, it actually is a bit humorous. The lead guitar riff in this song sounds like what will be playing in my mind when I die. With that then comes 'Cold' with a buzzing bass and heavy drums, and another delve into keyboards, which again sounds incredibly evil, like the song that will be playing when I enter the gates of hell.

The album ends on the title track 'Pornography', which is probably the darkest and most unusual on the album. It begins with some strange vocals, which I am unsure whether they have been played backwards. The bass comes in so strong with the drums, making for another dark, black classic, what the album consists of. The lyric is more shouty than the usual whine, making for probably the best song on the album.

All in all, the album sounds like the devil decided to release a compilation of the darkest, gloomiest tracks of all time. Just make sure no one puts a copy of 'The Lovecats' on his stereo...



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pulseczar
September 20th 2005



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO i was gonna review this, oh well, good job, i may still submit mine though

Med57
Moderator
September 20th 2005



1001 Comments


Good review, but I've always thought that this is one of the most overrated alternative albums of all time...influential, but I've never been able to get into it at all. It is really good at creating an atmosphere though, as you say.

sobelecta
September 21st 2005



38 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I could be being a bit bias, as I do love The Cure, but this album is just so evil and dark, you have to love it (and get freaked out) by it.

foreign1
February 7th 2006



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So good...

XLucidJesterx
May 25th 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best album out of the dark trilogy, A Classic

Pizza
July 31st 2006



687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love love love this album. Nice review too

The Jungler
May 12th 2007



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to this for the first time in forever today.
Still awesome.

badtaste
February 19th 2009



824 Comments


This is making for pretty good listening, when i'm in the mood for it.

Can't help but think of the South Park goth kids when I have this running.

fireaboveicebelow
February 19th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the whole album pales in comparison to One Hundred Years

Titan50
April 19th 2009



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You did NOT just diss Lovecats...

fireaboveicebelow
April 19th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lovecats isn't on this record...

Titan50
April 25th 2009



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just make sure no one puts a copy of 'The Lovecats' on his stereo...


Tit...

Rozema
July 4th 2009



1 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album was recommended to me by some good friends, who love it very much. I already knew the commercial hits of the band, wich I don't like very much. I also knew 'A Forest', wich I do like very much, because of it's deep and haunting vibe. Because of this I had great expectations of Pornography, being, like 'A Forest', old work of the Cure. 'Pornography' was a great dissapointment though. To me, it drags like hell, it's not exiting any moment, the overpowering drums and monotone vocals annoy me very much. I'll certainly give it another try, maybe I'll get into it once, just like with Joy Division, but now it just sounds very dull to me.

Titan50
July 4th 2009



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Probably not the best place to start for The Cure. Try Disintegration

fireaboveicebelow
July 4th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha if he said this dragged he'd hate disintegration. Get Seventeen Seconds or Faith

Titan50
July 4th 2009



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Or just Greatest Hits and see what he likes from there

SeaAnemone
August 17th 2009



19729 Comments


judging by the rating/number of votes... is this the best place to start with The Cure?

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

SeaAnemone
August 17th 2009



19729 Comments


double post

fireaboveicebelow
August 17th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

probably not, if you want a nice dark post-punk sound then yes, but if you want something more darkwave then get Disintegration, or if you want something more poppy get The Head On The Door

Titan50
August 17th 2009



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Depends, what do you prefer



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