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Bloodflowers

the Cure Audio CD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost the best July 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I still cant believe it was released in 2000, its ageless. I'm not going to go into it too much because the proof in on the record but this album is important...to me, you and The Cure. Oh and its better than thier new self-titled, sadly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars AN ALBUM FROM A GREAT BAND ON IT�S DEATHBED Oct. 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
Parting is never easy, especially after a bonding of more than two decades. "BLOODFLOWERS" is sort of a farewell album by CURE, and every song seems to have been written by a moribund band, distressed, and in a state of turmoil, reflecting the fragile state of mind of a waning band.
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".
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1.0 out of 5 stars i let fall... flowers... OF CHEESE July 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
Others have covered the absolute boredom of bloodflowers, musically (these are Wild Mood Swings outtakes, at BEST!)
But what about the other "half" of the cure's music, the great lyrics of robert smith? The rules apply to him too--once he stops showing and just *tells* us his woefuls by the bowlfulls, its not long before an album like bloodflowers is the result. To be honest, he's been retelling the same lyrical story since that catchy little single, Never Enough. But, let's go back...
Remember faith?
It had a beautiful, morose arc ending with the absolute loss of faith in life for robert.
Remember pornography?
That album was composed in the deeps of his despair and contains some of his finest prose. It also completes the arc that ended in complete nadir on faith, raising this album above the status of mere whining: "I must fight this sickness, find a cure"
Remember disintegration?
It was an album full of the pain of parting and homesickness. Nowehere near as dark as previous works, but sad like watching someone grow old.
What does bloodflowers have to say? Bloodflowers states over and over: "I am Robert Smith, and I am tired of being Robert Smith." Unfortunately he's been telling us this since the 90s, and often with much more eloquence. Let's take a gander at some of the fine lyrics on bloodflowers, compared to earlier ventures.
Isolation and loneliness was always a nice theme for the cure.
Before:
"No shapes sail on the dark deep lakes
And no flags wave me home" (Faith, all cats are grey)
After!
"But the last day of summer
Never felt so cold"
Ouch. Summer is cold. Don't dig too deep there, Robert. How about an image of hopelessness and despair?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Old School Cure Fan Disappointed May 4 2002
Format:Audio CD
I knew Robert Smith & his band had a new sound. I didn't realise it was a recycled, unworkable sound. The songs made no sense, the music didn't seem to relay any emotion, and overall, it sounded chaotic & choppy. I don't know if Robert was in a hurry to get this album together, but I didn't like it. However, in their defense, they've had a lot of years of writing songs, & perhaps this is just a minor backlash.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a mope-rock classic. Feb. 15 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Cure's Disintegration felt like it was going to end with "The Same Deep Water as You." Then, after a long, final-sounding pause, back comes the band with "Disintegration," (the song) and two more... A long, painful ending to one of the greatest mope-rock albums ever.
And that's where Bloodflowers, The Cure's 12th studio album (and third since Disintegration), picks up. Put the two albums back-to-back in a CD changer, and if your changer is quick enough on the draw, you'll have trouble distinguishing where one album ends and the other begins. Comparisons, therefore, are inevitable.
But, alas, whereas Disintegration was a timeless classic (at least to those who wear a lot of black and know what happens when you put corn starch on your face), Bloodflowers is merely good. Disintegration held together well as a unit, but it had some classic singles as well like "Pictures of You," "Fascination Street," and, of course, "Love Song" (which is one of about three Cure songs everybody remembers). Compelling singles, plus mood. Bloodflowers is just mood.
The album's standout track, really, is the title track--a lush, haunting, melancholy, painful number. It's everything we've come to expect from the Cure, but it's not the kind of song you'd play in mixed company. It's almost as if they recorded the rest of the album just to build up to this cascading number. If you ever wondered what 58 minutes of end might sound like, this is it.
What you think of this album will depend on whether you prefer pop Cure or proto-goth Cure. If your favorite Cure albums are Faith and Pornography, chances are you'll like this one too. If your favorite Cure albums are Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and Wish, you probably won't think as much of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted.
"The Cure" have too many great albums to call this one of my favorites, but it is an extremely solid release from them. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars These Flowers Will Never Die
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 more
Published on July 4 2004 by SCOTT B. BUSH
2.0 out of 5 stars Strike Two
The Cure's "Bloodflowers" is the second record I heard from the Cure. The first being 1995's abysamal "Wild Mood Swings". Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Ben Dugan
4.0 out of 5 stars A step back on track
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 more
Published on May 23 2004 by Sera
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness
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 more
Published on May 18 2004 by shortymb_2000
4.0 out of 5 stars I followed the remix to greatness
The first Cure song I ever herd was on the American Psycho soundtrack, it was the remixed 'Watching Me Fall'. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by "citrusin"
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
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 more
Published on April 7 2004 by C. Mackey
4.0 out of 5 stars This disc is "Out Of This World".
Well supposedly this is part of the "Pornography/Disintegration" trilogy, though you could compare it to other albums as well, or none depending on your perspective. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly intriguing
I'll admit that when I first heard "Bloodflowers," I wasn't blown away. I suppose that at the time of its release, I was more into the pop side of The Cure, having been a fan since... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Alison Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars A not-too-shabby finale (maybe).
BLOODFLOWERS is intended to be the final album by the seminal post-punk group The Cure. It also purports to be final installment of a "trilogy," the other two parts being... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by Christian Zimmerman
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