Cure, The “Seventeen Seconds (Remastered)”

Album Reviews | Jun 7th, 2005

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Record Label: Rhino Records
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This is the Cure’s third full length CD release and it’s now remastered for your listening pleasure! But that’s not all goth folks, there’s another disc that comes with the remastered CD filled with B-sides, and other rarities recorded between 1979-1980. I never got into The Cure back in the 80’s, mainly because I never listened to them and too busy listening to Wang Chung & Toto. I only started to listen to the band a year ago. I got into the Smiths and then started to check out some Cure songs. So basically this is the first time I’m really listening to this album.

From what I heard of the Cure’s material, I like their earlier stuff better because there’s still a hint of punk in their sound. But I also like many of the tracks on their greatest hits album which weren’t on some of the earlier CDs. This album has a lot of the slower, dark songs but that’s the Cure’s signature sound. Robert Smith also doesn’t have long hair or make up on back when this album was released. My favorite track on this album has to be “A Forest.” The rarities disc features 15 tracks (B sides, live tracks, and demo versions) that took place when the album was recorded. The live songs actually sound quite good for being in the late 70’s, early 80’s. Some of them don’t even sound live until you hear people clapping in the beginning of the tracks. The album is worth purchasing for the remastered quality and the eclectic mix of songs on the second disc.

Bottom Line: Some decent songs on here. Not my favorite CD.
Notable Tracks: Play For Today, A Forest, M
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