Pornography (studio album) by The Cure

Pornography
Pornography by The Cure
Year: 1982
Overall rank: 340th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 792 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1982 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (43rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (340th)
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The Cure - Pornography, 1982 - Deluxe Vinyl (2xLP) Robert Smith, Banshees, Goth
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The Cure / Pornography [Deluxe Edition] (2-CD Set) (Rhino R2 74684) - The Cure
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Pornography is ranked 2nd best out of 35 albums by The Cure on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Cure is Disintegration which is ranked number 35 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 31,486.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 792 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.4/100, a mean average of 79.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.3.

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95/100
From 07/12/2020 04:05
The album feels like I'm being walked through a dark room where I have to trust the person guiding me, yet I don't even know how the person looks. My only option is to trust something I don't truly know. I loved that. Wonderful ending.
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From 07/10/2020 21:10
This is a terrific record, all eight are favourites, very dark and powerful.
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70/100
From 05/24/2020 19:57
By far some of The Cure's darkest work on this album which would give an indicaiton of what they could do with such a gloomy album, shown later by Disintegration. Definetely gives off a Killing Joke sound - obviously not their mid-80's pop sound. Smith's vocals great as ever.

Strongest tracks: One Hundred Years, The Hanging Garden
Weakest tracks: Pornography, A Short Term Effect
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From 05/04/2020 21:58
This whole record is pretty grim, but The Figurehead takes the cake... "I will never be clean again"... Very dark stuff!
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From 02/15/2020 03:18
A very decent showing from The Cure. Very atmospheric.
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75/100
From 11/25/2018 15:14
Muddy, murky, doom laden miserable music. I need a drink after listening to this. Having said that 'A Strange Day' is a great track.
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From 09/24/2018 17:00
An atmospheric and dark output, very important to what would come later on The Cure's catalogue.
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From 07/20/2018 20:49
Damn, that’s some gloomy shit

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From 07/04/2018 13:53
I wish that "All I Have To Do Is Kill Her" was recorded in studio and appeared on the album.
Favourite: "The Figurehead"
Least: "Siamese Twins"
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60/100
From 04/25/2018 14:17
The title track, "Cold" and (especially) "Strange Day" stood out from the pack for me but a lot of the rest of this album just kind of blurs together. That could be a pro ("Consistency!") or a con ("Every song sounds the same!") depending on what you're looking for.

This has the heavy bass and moodiness I like about The Cure in spades, yet this dreary soundscape has a tendency to become monotonous when there's nothing else present to occasionally break it all up. You will find no balance of tone here and no reprieve from the gloom. This is pretty much the musical equivalent of a blanket of fog.
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