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May 31, 2017

The Cure – Pornography (1982) – Lp

by Record Facts

The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  The Cure
Title:  Pornography
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Fiction Records
Catalog#  2383639

Pornography is the fourth studio album by British alternative rock band the Cure, released on 4 May 1982 by the record label Fiction. Preceded by the non-album single “Charlotte Sometimes” late the previous year, Pornography was the band’s first album with a new producer, Phil Thornalley, and was recorded at RAK Studios from January to April. The sessions saw the group on the brink of collapse, with heavy drug use, band in-fighting and group leader Robert Smith‘s depression fuelling the album’s musical and lyrical content. Pornography represents the conclusion of the group’s early dark, gloomy musical phase which began with Seventeen Seconds in 1980. Following its release, bass guitarist Simon Gallup left the band and the Cure switched to a much brighter and more radio-friendly new wave sound.

Later hailed as one of the key goth rock albums of the ’80s and considered by many hardcore Cure fans to be the band’s best album, Pornography was largely dismissed upon its 1982 release, witheringly reviewed as a leaden slab of whining and moping. The truth, as usual, is somewhere in between: Pornography is much better than most mainstream critics of the time thought, but in retrospect, it’s not the masterpiece some fans have claimed it to be. The overall sound is thick and murky, but too muddy to be effectively atmospheric in the way that the more dynamic Disintegration managed a few years later. For every powerful track like the doomy opener “One Hundred Years” and the clattering, desolate single “The Hanging Garden,” there’s a sound-over-substance piece of filler like “The Figurehead,” which sounds suitably bleak but doesn’t have the musical or emotional heft this sort of music requires. Pornography is an often intriguing listen, but it’s just a bit too uneven to be considered a classic.

 

Side one
1.  One Hundred Years  (6:42)
2.  A Short Term Effect  (4:25)
3.  The Hanging Garden  (4:32)
4.  Siamese Twins  (5:35)

Side two
1.  The Figurehead  (6:15)
2.  A Strange Day  (5:06)
3.  Cold  (4:26)
4.  Pornography  (6:28)

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