Seventeen Seconds is the second album by The Cure, released in 1980. It established them as one of the most famous bands within the Goth Rock genre. The entire album had to work with a low budget and thus was recorded and mixed in seven days. Still it generated one of their Signature Song hits, "A Forest" and broke them to the mainstream, earning respect from the critics at the same time.
- "A Reflection" (2:12)
- "Play For Today" (3:40)
- "Secrets" (3:20)
- "In Your House" (4:07)
- "Three" (2:36)
- "The Final Sound" (0:52)
- "A Forest" (5:55)
- "M" (3:04)
- "At Night" (5:54)
- "Seventeen Seconds" (4:00)
- Robert Smith: vocals, guitar, production
- Matthieu Hartley: keyboards, synthesizer, piano, production
- Lol Tolhurst: drums, programming, production
- Simon Gallup: bass guitar, production
Troped in the forest, all alone
- Alliterative Title: "Seventeen Seconds".
- Broken Record: The line "And again" in "A Forest".
- Cut Short: "The Final Sound" was originally planned to be much longer, but cut down to 53 seconds because, while recording, the tape ran out.
- Darker and Edgier: As compared to Three Imaginary Boys.
- Despair Event Horizon:
I hear no sound in your house. Silence.In the empty rooms I drown at night in your housePretending to swim, pretending to swim
- "In Your House"
- "A Forest"
- Goth Rock: This album is one of the earliest records in the genre.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: The vocals on "Three" are buried so deep in the mix, that it's pretty much impossible to understand anything on them. You can probably hear "scream" at some point, but that's about it.
- Instrumentals: "A Reflection" and "The Final Sound".
- The Lost Woods: "A Forest", if the lyrics are to be understood literally, is about the protagonist looking for a girl lost in the woods, until he finally gets lost himself and realizes "the girl was never there" and "I'm running towards nothing."The sound is deepIn the darkI hear her voice and start to runInto the trees, into the treesSuddenly I stop, but I know it's too lateI'm lost in the forest, all alone
- Loving a Shadow: "A Forest", if interpreted metaphorically, has the protagonist look for a girl who is supposedly lost, only to find out she "was never there". He then realizes, lost himself, he just ran "towards nothing", which we assume is not the first time in his life.The girl was never there, it's always the same
- Minimalistic Cover Art: Seriously: try to describe what you see on the cover!
- New Sound Album: While their first album was already not the happiest record around it was "Seventeen Seconds" that established them as Goth Rock.
- One-Letter Title: "M"
- One-Word Title: "Secrets" and "Three".
- Record Producer: Mike Hedges.
- Title Track: "Seventeen Seconds".Seventeen seconds, a measure of life.
- Tragic Dream: "Seventeen Seconds"The dream had to end.The wish never came true
- Unrequited Love: "Secrets"I wish I was yoursStrangersNobody knows we love