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No one revels in the sumptuous pleasures of melancholy like Robert Smith, the Cure's leading mopemeister. In Smith's world, it is always raining, comfort and happiness are fleeting, love is epic and torturous. On Bloodflowers, the band's 11th studio album, his lyrical prowess continues to astound. Considering the subject matter, Smith's always managed to steer clear of the clichéd, bad-high-school-poetry trap, and on Bloodflowers, the imagery is some of his most vivid and stabbing. On "The Loudest Sound," a story about a couple who are, of course, growing apart, he sings of their tension: "She dreams him as a boy / And he loves her as a girl / And side by side in the silence without a single word / It's the loudest sound I ever heard." The music grows out of the same dichromatic marriage of love's eternal hope and heartbreak's inevitable bleakness. Layers of the Cure's signature ethereal, buoyant guitar licks are paced at the momentum of a lava lamp, while melodies lurk only in an understated synth or distorted guitar. None of the songs scream "radio hit" like Wish's "Friday I'm in Love" anomaly; and although Bloodflowers is less abstract, comparisons to Disintegration are easily drawn. If this really threatens to be the last Cure album--no, really, the real end--it's a vision of loneliness and loveliness, a low note rarely surpassed in beauty and breadth. --Beth Massa
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"Bloodflowers" represents the classic and art rock facet of The Cure, and at times calls forth the influences of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. The title track, the album's most haunting song, and certainly the band's darkest since "The Hanging Garden," even boasts a delicious Hendrix-style guitar solo.
Aside from the title track, highlights of this album include the lushly solemn "The Loudest Sound" (which provides an unsual flourish when Robert Smith croons the song's title and a chiming guitar riff competes with his lyric), the contemplative "The Last Day of Summer," the exquisitely existential "Where the Birds Always Sing," and "There is No If...," which showcases Smith's quirky romantic humor. For some, the album's weakest moment is the epic "Watching Me Fall," but for me, it's one of the best tracks, and it's enhanced by eerily erotic lyrics.
"Bloodflowers" has been maligned for its lyrical flatness, but honestly, I think these are some of Smith's best lyrics yet.Read more ›
This is not to say that BLOODFLOWERS is among the Cure's top three albums, but that it was the best of its period. Even so, this is still a very good album. While it's easy to see that Robert Smith's lyrical abilities are being strained, they still have enough emotion to resonate with the listener. In addition, the actual music is simply amazing (especially when compared to 1996's WILD MOOD SWINGS), sweeping you off your feet with just as much effectiveness as any of The Cure's other great albums.
In short, this album is well worth your time and (especially) your money. If it is the final Cure album (which I personally doubt), then they've taken their last bow with matchless grace.
"Bloodflowers" spends a great deal of time in my cd player because the music always seems to evoke a sense of thoughtful introspection whenever I listen to it. It isn't the kind of music you get tired of; rather it seems to become more appealing with time. The lyrics are not the "catchiest" I've ever heard, but they are meaningful, and can often be interpreted in different ways.
This is an excellent cd. It may appeal more to fans who are familiar with and appreciate the "darker" albums by the Cure, but it is definitely worth listening to...especially if you, like Robert Smith, have LIVED.
CURE had died long, long ago, with "WISH" and the supporting live album, "SHOW", in 1993. "WISH" was their best, and one of the most brilliant albums created ever. Sadly however, a good chunk of the band left it, leaving Robert Smith all alone, and expropriating him of the best music-collaborators, he could ever work with. The magic of CURE wasn't the same at all, with the new recruits. With all the charm of the old CURE missing, CURE, post "WISH", just couldn't survive, and had to call it quits. "BLOODFLOWERS" is Robert Smith's the last attempt to resuscitate and bring life into a dying band.
When it comes to melancholy, no one could write them as good as CURE. "DISINTEGRATION" was a melancholic masterpiece, created when CURE was at its creative best. With "BLOODFLOWERS", it seems as if Robert Smith is crying out the tears that he had forgotten cry out in "DISINTEGRATION", and had kept them bottled up for a decade, to be released, when he needs help, the most. Alas, this time however, his words and music just don't seem to stir up the traditional CURE aura, and falter badly, groping for a deus ex machina to save his band, and the album from drowning.
Even with a band he is not comfortable with, Robert Smith, still manages to keep a flicker, if not the flame of the original CURE alive, in "BLOODFLOWERS".Read more ›
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"The Cure" have too many great albums to call this one of my favorites, but it is an extremely solid release from them. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by H3@+h
When it comes to Bloodflowers a LOT of people do not like the album instead paying lip service the early music the Cure made . Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by SCOTT B. BUSH
Although I love the Faith/17 Seconds/Pornography era the best, Bloodflowers is so damned good that I almost feel its their best work. Its so quiet and loud at the same time. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Gerry Hathaway
The Cure's "Bloodflowers" is the second record I heard from the Cure. The first being 1995's abysamal "Wild Mood Swings". Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Ben Dugan
It's still not their best album or even second but it is the Cure. Disintegration and Pornography were much better but after an album like Wild Mood Swings, this is a blessing. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by Sera
Bloodflowers is unbelievable! Well, I believe that the cure is capable of albums like this. This is one of my favorite Cure albums (also check out Disintergration). Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by shortymb_2000
The first Cure song I ever herd was on the American Psycho soundtrack, it was the remixed 'Watching Me Fall'. Read morePublished on May 4 2004
I thought I'd write a new(er) review for this album, now that we are sure that Bloodflowers won't be the last Cure album. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by C. Mackey