Seventeen Seconds

Seventeen Seconds

by The CureThe Cure

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - 180 Gram Vinyl)

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It's hard to believe that the Cure could release an album even more sparse than Three Imaginary Boys, but here's the proof. The lineup change that saw funkstery bassist Michael Dempsey squeezed out in favor of the more specific playing of (eventually the longest serving member outside Robert Smith) Simon Gallup, and the addition of keyboardist Mathieu Hartley resulted in the band becoming more rigid in sound, and more disciplined in attitude. While it is not the study in loss that Faith would become, or the descent into madness of Pornography, it is a perfect precursor to those collections. In a sense, Seventeen Seconds is the beginning of a trilogy of sorts, the emptiness that leads to the questioning and eventual madness of the subsequent work. Mostly forgotten outside of the unforgettable single "A Forest," Seventeen Seconds is an even, subtle work that grows on the listener over time. Sure, the Cure did better work, but for a new lineup and a newfound sense of independence, Robert Smith already shows that he knows what he's doing. From short instrumental pieces to robotic pop, Seventeen Seconds is where the Cure shed all the outside input and became their own band.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2011
Label: Music On Vinyl
UPC: 0600753030424
catalogNumber: 5303042
Rank: 21567

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cure   Primary Artist
Simon Gallup   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mathieu Hartley   Keyboards
Robert Smith   Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Laurence Tolhurst   Drums
Robert "Big Bert" Smith   Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Robert J. Smith   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Cure   Artwork,Cover Art
Simon Gallup   Composer
Mathieu Hartley   Composer
Robert Smith   Composer,Producer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Mike Hedges   Producer,Engineer
Lol Tolhurst   Composer
Bill Smith   Artwork
Michael Hedges   Producer
Hartley   Composer
Julien Potter   Reissue Design
Bill Airey Smith   Cover Art
Robert "Big Bert" Smith   Producer,Executive Producer
Robert J. Smith   Producer
Mike Dutton   Engineer

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