Pornography Review

artist: The Cure date: 06/14/2011 category: compact discs
The Cure: Pornography
Released: May 3, 1982
Genre: Post-Punk, Gothic Rock
Label: A&M, Fiction, Polydor
Number Of Tracks: 8
This is the final album of the three gothic trilogy starting with "Seventeen Seconds" then "Faith" and then this one. "Pornography" is the most bleak album The Cure has ever made.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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Pornography Reviewed by: swave75, on june 14, 2011
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Sound: This is the final album of the three gothic trilogy starting with "Seventeen Seconds" then "Faith" and then this one. "Pornography" is the most bleak album The Cure has ever made... And that is saying a lot! They would touch this bleakness occasionally with songs like "Prayers For Rain" and "Disintegration" from the album "Disintegration" or "Give Me It" from the album "The Top" or "End" from "Wish". But this is a whole album of it! They rely heavily on the six string bass and haunting keyboards. After this The Cure would implode with bassist Simon Gallup not talking to Robert Smith for a couple years and Smith joining Siouxsie And The Banshees. The best way for me to describe this album would be that this album doesn't sound like any of their others. Not the ones before or after. It is the first one I bought so it made quite an impression. Not for the light-hearted. // 10

Lyrics: Lyrically this is abstract and dark. The music blends so well with the lyrics. But all Cure albums do this. Robert sings on the song "Cold"... "Shallow grave-a monument to a ruined age... Ice in my eyes and eyes like ice don't move...". The intro for "Cold" starts with a haunting cello. One of the many highlights. On the song Robert Smith "A Strange Day" sings "Move slowly through drowning waves... Going away on a strange day..." He is always depressing but his lyrics are very sad and down on this album. And since this is a review for the deluxe edition I should talk about disc 2. There are live tracks for the "Pornography" album and demos and cool instrumentals that Cure fans will love. Probably my favorite disc 2 of all their deluxe editions. // 10

Overall Impression: "Pornography" is quite unlike their other releases. Like I said it is their first album I bought. I bought it during their "Wish" era so it was a big difference after hearing "Friday I'm In Love" and "High". A world apart different. I would say for me the most impressive songs for my would be "Cold", "A Strange Day" (which is one of my all-time favorites of theirs), "The Figurehead" and from disc 2 "The Hanging Garden" (studio demo version). This version is far better than the album version. Trust me. I would say that the thing I love about it the most is that I have never outgrown it. I was shocked no one had reviewed it yet! Thanks everybody! If it were stolen I would buy it before I could blink my eyes cause (again) "Ice in my eyes and ice like eyes don't move..." // 10

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