The Cure - Seventeen Seconds Bass – Simon Gallup / Drums – Laurence Tolhurst / Guitar, Vocals – Robert Smith / Keyboards – Matthieu Hartley 180 gram vinyl
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Perhaps one of the least-known but most influential records of the early 1980s, and a sign of things to come down the road. Seventeen Seconds marked the start of the Cure Phase II. Somewhat reminiscent of bands like Siouxsie & the Banshees (a group Smith played with for a few albums), Seventeen Seconds is not an album for the faint at heart. The addition of perennial favorite Simon Gallup on bass and the short-lived but effective Mathleu Hartley on keyboards expanded the Cure’s previously sparse sound. While “Play for Today” hearkens back to the bands poppier days, “Seventeen Seconds” and “Secrets” show that the band was not about to turn back from its new approach.