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.
Performance CreditsCure 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 CreditsCure 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
Julien Potter Reissue Design
Bill Airey Smith Cover Art
Robert "Big Bert" Smith Producer,Executive Producer
Robert J. Smith Producer
Mike Dutton Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Seventeen Seconds based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
my personal favorite by the cure. this is one of their most earnest and artistic albums, very minimalistic and edgey.lots of great melody.
Old school Cure. Definitely their best album.
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.
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.