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Bloodflowers

The Cure

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Album Review

The Cure edged into new territory with Wild Mood Swings, but nevertheless drew scorn from certain quarters because it eschewed goth rock for pop, both pure and twisted. For 2000's Bloodflowers, Robert Smith decided to give the people what they wanted: a classic Cure album, billed as the third part of a trilogy begun with Pornography and continued with Disintegration. That turns out to be more or less true, since Bloodflowers boasts all of the Cure's signatures: stately tempos, languid melodies, spacious arrangements, cavernous echoes, morose lyrics, keening vocals, long running times. If that's all you're looking for, Bloodflowers delivers in spades. If you want something transcendent, you're out of luck, since the album falls short of the mark, largely because it sounds too self-conscious. As one song segues into the next, it feels like Smith is striving to make a classic Cure record, putting all the sounds in place before he constructs the actual songs. That makes for a good listening experience, especially for fans of Disintegration, but it never catches hold the way that record did, for two simple reasons: there isn't enough variation between the songs for them to distinguish themselves, nor are there are enough sonic details to give individual tracks character. While Disintegration had goth monoliths, it also had pristine pop gems and elegant neo-psychedelia; with a couple of exceptions, the songs on Bloodflowers all feel like cousins of "Pictures of You." The album is certainly well made, and even enjoyable; however, its achievement is a bit hollow, since it never seems like Smith is pushing himself or the band. Nobody else can come close to capturing the Cure's graceful gloom, but it's hard to shake the suspicion that Bloodflowers could have been something grand if he had shaken up the formula slightly. [Universal International issued their German edition in 2005.]

Customer Reviews

Where the birds never sing... robert smith scared them off.

Filled with a meloncholy grace, this album smoothly runs through song by song. I love this album, it's got a nice steady pace, and some good songs especially 'Maybe Someday' which i believe is about the band itself. Bloodflowers is a really tragic song, and although sounds horridly gory isn't actually... it's just another song drowning in it's malcontent because of a bad love life, like most of The Cure's songs. Watching Me Fall is a good one, shame it's only an album version. I think the hint there is ::::buy the album:::: but don't let me influence you... I've also found this is a real good CD to listen to when working, because the pace stays steady throughout and it keeps you working well.

One of the best Cure albums

Every song on this album has a five star rating in my libabry, and I listen to this album regually. Brilliant classics such as Where the Birds always sing, Maybe someday, the last day of Summer and of course Bloodflowers. I could list them all. BUY IT!

Biography

Formed: 1976 in Crawley, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became well-known for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often hid the diversity of the Cure's music. At the outset, the Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before slowly evolving into a more textured outfit. As one of the...
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