22 Songs, 1 Hour 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Each Cure album headed towards a darker, denser corner and with their fourth album, 1982’s Pornography, the group made a controversial masterpiece, an album so extreme that it polarized fans and critics. Singer Robert Smith turned his quiet, ethereal trio into a pulverizing wall of sound with the guitars and keyboards pinned beyond the breaking point and the drums reverberating until they resembled explosives. With their hairstyles growing wilder and their clothes and make-up sporting an androgynous tone, the Cure were defining not just the musical but the cultural style of the Gothic moment. But the songs at the heart of this sonic and fashion revolution were shockingly ominous. “It doesn’t matter if we all die,” begins “One Hundred Years,” Pornography’s air-raid siren opener, and from there, things grow darker. “The Hanging Garden,” “Siamese Twins” and “The Figurehead,” where Smith proffers “I will never be clean again,” form an emotional downward spiral that twists into complete dissonance for the closing title track. The expanded edition includes bootleg-quality live tracks and home demos that show how essential Phil Thornalley’s production was to the final product. Hearing these gothic anthems reduced to rudimentary demo form, however, is compelling for anyone intrigued by Robert Smith’s creative process.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Each Cure album headed towards a darker, denser corner and with their fourth album, 1982’s Pornography, the group made a controversial masterpiece, an album so extreme that it polarized fans and critics. Singer Robert Smith turned his quiet, ethereal trio into a pulverizing wall of sound with the guitars and keyboards pinned beyond the breaking point and the drums reverberating until they resembled explosives. With their hairstyles growing wilder and their clothes and make-up sporting an androgynous tone, the Cure were defining not just the musical but the cultural style of the Gothic moment. But the songs at the heart of this sonic and fashion revolution were shockingly ominous. “It doesn’t matter if we all die,” begins “One Hundred Years,” Pornography’s air-raid siren opener, and from there, things grow darker. “The Hanging Garden,” “Siamese Twins” and “The Figurehead,” where Smith proffers “I will never be clean again,” form an emotional downward spiral that twists into complete dissonance for the closing title track. The expanded edition includes bootleg-quality live tracks and home demos that show how essential Phil Thornalley’s production was to the final product. Hearing these gothic anthems reduced to rudimentary demo form, however, is compelling for anyone intrigued by Robert Smith’s creative process.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

J.Kat ,

Pornography

Definetly a masterpiece - if you're really depressed, put this album on loop and LOUD - you will feel better.

Do not mix with alcohol. May cause dizzyness. Do not operate heavy machinery while listening to this - you just need to lay down in a dark place.

This album was so powerful, the band broke up after it's release and Bob sang with Souixee for a little while.

Lance Alton ,

When you come here...

...be prepared to cry, for a hundred years.

This is, by far, the most beautiful The Cure album. The overall feelings of eminent sadness and desperation creep into your very being throughout the unfolding of this musical masterpiece. The opening line of the album being, "It doesn't matter if we all die..." , with the last song being meant as a call to revolutionary arms, the feelings that these songs inspire inside of me are nothing short of amazing. Doom, doom, doom, doom...

V.V.U.V.V ,

ONE MORE DAY LIKE TODAY AND ILL KILL YOUUUU!!!!!!!

This is a great great band at one of its best periods in which exploited existensialism, the dark side of life, and was high on lsd and created one of the most beautiful pieces of art that will ever exist.
This is NOT you average cure album this is the darkest deepest side of the cure which is my personal favorite, and all those extra rare recordings are awesome a MUST have.
However! in all those extra tracks i couldnt find any recording of a song rare rare cure song called "All i want to do is kill her" from this period, it lasts 11 minutes and well u know how the itunes people are.
But besides that this is my personal favourite album, DEFINITIVELY one of the best cure albums, and one of the best albums in post punk and history.

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