|1. Out of This World|
|2. Watching Me Fall|
|3. Where the Birds Always Sing|
|4. Maybe Someday|
|5. Last Day of Summer, The|
|6. There Is No If...|
|7. Loudest Sound, The|
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 ›
It had a beautiful, morose arc ending with the absolute loss of faith in life for robert.
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"
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.
"No shapes sail on the dark deep lakes
And no flags wave me home" (Faith, all cats are grey)
"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?Read more ›
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.