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Wasting no time after their 1992 debut Good hit college radio airwaves and raised eyebrows everywhere, the Boston trio released this collection, which many fans claim as the band’s recording pinnacle. Refining what was to become their signature blend of blues, jazz and alternative-adult rock (guitars nowhere to be heard, everything driven by saxophone and bass and the late Mark Sandman’s brooding vocals), songs like “I’m Free Now,” “All Wrong,” “Let’s Take a Trip Together,” and the title track, “Cure for Pain,” are sinewy, stripped-down musical excursions that take the listener along on dark and forlorn rides to the author’s regret-filled soul. You almost feel guilty, dancing — reluctantly — to the sound of personal despair.  Sandman rousts enough energy to be a bit pissed off in the adulterous tale “Thursday” and the sax works up a froth on “Mary Won’t You Call My Name?” A whiff of hope lifts “A Head with Wings” into a lighter stratosphere, and the beautiful and spooky “In Spite of Me” floats, like a precursor to Iron & Wine, on frail mandolin and barely sung vocals. A classic example of truly “alternative” music from the 1990s.

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do you people know how awesome these guys are??? best songs are : cure for pain buena all wrong sheila BUY IT!!!!!

Morphine's Best

This is Morphine's best album. Dawna, Buena, I'm Free Now, Candy, Thursday, Cure for Pain, and Sheila are all 5 star songs. This band remains unique and is in a very weird crossover genre of rock, alternative, jazz, and blues. If you listen closely you will hear two saxophones in a few songs. Keep in mind this is one guy playing two saxophones AT ONCE. No recording tricks... he does it live to. Best bari sax I have heard on an album. Mark Sandman RIP!!!

One of the Best (But Most Overlooked) Albums of the 1990s

This is one of the top ten records in my collection, hands down. One of the great Boston bands produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (who also worked with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Radiohead, among others), this album combines the low-pitched vocals of Mark Sandman with his own string bass and Dana Colley's amazing Saxophone playing. The music evokes imagery of anger, pain, lust and down-and-dirty rock. Colley's Bartione Sax evokes the diversity of great jazz players like Gerry Mulligan and Harry Carney all at one time, and Sandman is a pretty great lyricist, too. All in all, an amazing record - check out Buena, Thursday and In Spite of Me, if you're not sure, but buy the whole record if you are.


Formed: 1990 in Cambridge, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Morphine is a rarity -- bluesy, bare-bones rock & roll without any guitars. Instead of guitar riffs, the trio relies on sliding two-string basslines, raucous saxophones, and wry, ironically detached vocals. During the mid-'90s, Morphine gained a sizable cult following in America, primarily due to good word of mouth, heavy college airplay, and positive reviews. Morphine was formed in 1990 by bassist/vocalist Mark Sandman, who had previously played with the bluesy alternative rock band Treat Her...
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