The Cure | Seventeen Seconds (1980)

The Cure... made an art form out of dark simplicity.
— Alexandra Heller-Nicholas in the book 1001 Albums
You Must Hear Before You Die

I love the sparse, thin guitar strumming and melodies that predominate on this album. To me, they are not "dark" as much as they are "introspective".

The Cure is a brilliant band: They can make you think, and they can also make you put on your best British accent and sing "It's Friday I'm In Love" at the top of your voice.