Seventeen Seconds

Seventeen Seconds

by The Cure


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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: 09/06/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602498218327
catalogNumber: 760057

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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Seventeen Seconds 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
my personal favorite by the cure. this is one of their most earnest and artistic albums, very minimalistic and edgey.lots of great melody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Old school Cure. Definitely their best album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seventeen Seconds is one of the most well produced, well put together Cure albums. At Night is one of thier most moving songs. I definately reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard many albums from around the era of Seventeen Seconds, and none of them begin to compare production-wise. This is the cleanest sounding album I've ever heard. Each instrument is played so flawlessly that you begin to wonder whether the guitars are synthesized. I've always loved the idea of writing an entire album based on a single mood or atmosphere, and Seventeen Seconds demonstrates that brilliantly. It's like a frightened run through a dark, foggy forest. The entire album leaves you in an edge-of-your-seat suspense that doesn't lift for a second. As always, Robert Smith's haunting lyrics sink deep in the mix, full of lots of echo and reverb, which adds a great deal to the atmosphere. My favorite songs on Seventeen Seconds are 'Secrets', 'A Forest', 'At Night', and the title track.