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on June 18, 2002
For Cure fans young and old, if you're CD collection doesn't include Pornography, smack yourself in the forehead and buy the damn thing. While other Cure discs bounce around between Latte stand pop and ethereal nightmare primers, Pornography does it right. Some of the lyrics don't rhyme, some of the percussion makes no sense, some of the pounding gives you a headache, but that's what good "porn" does. I think they named this disc perfectly. If you believe that some bands around today stay religously true to their fans, The Cure laid that groundwork. There's usually some "jump the shark" moment when bands go south. Some ridiculous song or style that creeps into there music and pisses everybody off. Not these guys.
So they built this album, named it "Pornography", put a hellish cover on it, and sold it to thousands of pre-goth teens. These teens ate it up and felt good. They're all grown up now but they still listen..."just like the old days..."
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on June 18, 2002
For Cure fans young and old, if you're CD collection doesn't include Pornography,... buy the [darn] thing. While other Cure discs bounce around between Latte stand pop and ethereal nightmare primers, Pornography does it right. Some of the lyrics don't rhyme, some of the percussion makes no sense, some of the pounding gives you a headache, but that's what good "porn" does. I think they named this disc perfectly. If you believe that some bands around today stay religously true to their fans, The Cure laid that groundwork. There's usually some "jump the shark" moment when bands go south. Some ridiculous song or style that creeps into there music and pisses everybody off. Not these guys.
So they built this album, named it "Pornography", put a hellish cover on it, and sold it to thousands of pre-goth teens. These teens ate it up and felt good. They're all grown up now but they still listen..."just like the old days..."
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on July 30, 2013
It's obvious this is a classic album and deserves four or five stars rating. It deserves respect as well.
And that's the big problem with the Vinyl Lovers/Lilith's LP re-release: they don't give a #@%& damn about the historical value of this goth masterpiece.

When after weeks of anxious waiting you finally receive your order and open it the first thing you hope to find is a well-crafted reproduction of the original inner sleeve, with photos, lyrics and all the technical credits.
But, bad surprise, there is no insert! Nothing but the black vinyl.

And what about sound quality?
Well, this is the kind of vinyl that gives good reasons to LP detractors.
(Do they exist? I don't know. But if they do, I'm sure they work at Vinyl Lovers).

In a nutshell: JUST AVOID THIS ONE!
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on April 28, 2017
This and disintegration are my favorite albums. This one is a lot more gothy.
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on February 17, 2004
The song Cold is perfect. It's the Cure's masterpiece. It makes the "dark" songs on Disintegration seem greatly watered-down. The Figurehead is another great track, although the lyric "freshly squashed fly" sticks out a bit too much. The demo for that song is worth listening to. It's quite effective.

Short Term Effect is a bit bland, although quite artistically abstract. The Hanging Garden feels like pop more than the other songs - the production seems to alienate it slightly from the other tracks. Siamese Twins may reach the laughing point of horror - like some Stephen King. It may be over the top.

This record deserves at least six stars. It's amazing that the band was able to get a major label to even take it - it's not comfortable music at all. The reviewers of the time, except one, condemned it. I suppose that Closer's success paved the way. While Pornography doesn't seem to be as genuine as Closer, it's a brilliant record that is more "arty" and abstract. Closer is more "rock" and concrete.

I love the artwork and the thin font, too. The album title is refreshing, as it examines the word pornography for a facet other than sexually explicit.
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on June 29, 2015
GET IT!!!!
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on July 21, 2015
This pressing was obviously taken from a CD and not mastered for vinyl. It sounds tinny and cheap on a better-than-average setup. Avoid Vinyl Lovers at all cost.
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on April 4, 2014
Classic Cure; dark, brooding, darn near suicidal except for the fact that it's such a great album to sing along with! No pop on this record, no cute songs with kitties meowing in the background, no. Drums pound, keyboards wail, guitars feedback, and Robert Smith drags us, kicking and screaming (and loving every minute ) into the abyss. A must have for the serious Cure fan.
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on October 3, 2014
Pristine condition. Re-release, including lyrics, and photos. Didn't know that the band were wearing alien masks in the cover photo and artwork. Excellent buy!
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on January 23, 2014
The Cure produced most of their greatest work early in their career. A powerful, psychedelic album that ranks with the best of the 80's.
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