Seventeen Seconds (studio album) by The Cure

Seventeen Seconds by The Cure
Year: 1980
Overall rank: 616th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 617 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1980 (11th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (94th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (616th)
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The Cure bestography

Seventeen Seconds is ranked 5th best out of 38 albums by The Cure on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Cure is Disintegration which is ranked number 33 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 29,862.

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79/100 (from 617 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.6/100, a mean average of 77.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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From 08/05/2022 21:12
This album shows The Cure creating their own style and evolving from good but formulaic new wave on Three Imaginary Boys to darker sounding album like this one.
There are to standout tracks for me: Play For Today and A Forest
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From 11/04/2021 18:28
sparse, vacant, devoid new wavey
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From 10/31/2021 06:38
Album Rating: 84.67
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The Cure’s ‘Low’ moment.

Side A

1. "A Reflection" - 76
2. "Play for Today" - 95
3. "Secrets" - 79
4. "In Your House" - 81
5. "Three" - 72

Side B

6. "The Final Sound" - N/A
7. "A Forest" - 98
8. "M" - 89
9. "At Night" - 84
10. "Seventeen Seconds" - 88
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From 05/10/2020 11:08
Very atmospheric - one of their best for me. Love A Forest, Play for Today, Secrets and the title track.
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From 09/16/2018 19:48
This album shows the cards of what later would make albums like "Pornography" and "Desintegration" so great.
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From 07/04/2018 14:07
Innovatory album. I wish that synthesizer sounds were quite louder.
Favourite: "A Forest"
Least: "The Final Sound", "In Your House"
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From 02/05/2018 02:14
My favourite album by The Cure.

It's one of those albums perfect for a dreary rainy day.

Feels very minimal as if Smith produced the whole thing in his basement, it all builds up momentum to "A Forest" which is probably their best song.

"Play for Today", "In Your House", and "M" are other highlights.
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From 01/11/2018 22:32
Highs: In Your House, Play for Today, A Forest, Seventeen Seconds, Secrets

Lows: The Final Sound
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From 06/07/2016 15:44
The Cure's second album takes the punky sounds from their debut but now fuses them with the more gothic sounds they would now employ for a few more albums. It's certainly a good record, although it takes a few listens to fully digest it, but, faith, is a superior record in my opinion. Still, nothing wrong with this LP; play for today, and, a forest, are superb. Easily in the top five Cure albums.
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From 12/28/2015 17:38
For me it's better than "Faith" and "Pornography". In fact, this is my favourite Cure album, a perfect balance between punk beginnings and more cold wave, synthetic sounds. "In Your House", "Play For Today", "Forest", "M"... many highlights.
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