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Pornography

The Cure

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Album Review

Later hailed as one of the key goth rock albums of the '80s and considered by many hardcore Cure fans to be the band's best album, Pornography was largely dismissed upon its 1982 release, witheringly reviewed as a leaden slab of whining and moping. The truth, as usual, is somewhere in between: Pornography is much better than most mainstream critics of the time thought, but in retrospect, it's not the masterpiece some fans have claimed it to be. The overall sound is thick and murky, but too muddy to be effectively atmospheric in the way that the more dynamic Disintegration managed a few years later. For every powerful track like the doomy opener "One Hundred Years" and the clattering, desolate single "The Hanging Garden," there's a sound-over-substance piece of filler like "The Figurehead," which sounds suitably bleak but doesn't have the musical or emotional heft this sort of music requires. Pornography is an often intriguing listen, but it's just a bit too uneven to be considered a classic.

Customer Reviews

ITunes is wrong - amazing, classic album

I respect the reviewer's view and agree that the album is far less commercially accessible than later albums. I disagree that the album isn't a classic, however. Pornography defines the Cure in all their cool mopiness. The haunting wail of the guitars, the pounding steady backbeat, the heavy and effective use of effects - all combined with Smith's definitive vocals give the listener a powerful tour of The Cure before they achieved significant success stateside.

One of the Best

When I look back to the 80's this album definitely comes to mind. We called this style "cold wave" back in the 80s. Dark and brooding --just like my mood was back then in highschool.

Evil Genius

Dark, dreary, and bleak. By far an epic in music and in the history of the cure. This is my second favorite cure album, right after disintegration. An essential for any cure fan.

Biography

Formed: 1976 in Crawley, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became well-known for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often hid the diversity of the Cure's music. At the outset, the Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before slowly evolving into a more textured outfit. As one of the...
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