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  • Audio CD (Jan. 14 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B0000009OP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Buena
3. I'm Free Now
4. All Wrong
5. Candy
6. A Head With Wings
7. In Spite Of Me
8. Thursday
9. Cure For Pain
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11. Let's Take A Trip Together
12. Sheila
13. Miles Davis' Funeral

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Cure for Pain is a most unlikely artistic breakthrough from a thoroughly unlikely band. Fronted by saxophone and two-string slide bass guitar, Morphine earned a modicum of critical praise for their prior recording, Good, but Cure for Pain has a harder edge and a distinctly bigger sound. "Buena" urges the listener, with singer and bassist Mark Sandman's best come-hither baritone voice, "closer to the front of the stage," and then "Candy" tells a love-lost story that could come right out of Tom Waits's book. But for all the strange possibilities inherent in a guitarless band that plays off their singer's wry lyrics, Morphine's sophomore effort shows their versatility, their ability to be a rock band in a very unrock, rolling-baritone-saxophone way. Alas, singer Mark Sandman perished in action on an Italian stage on July 3, 1999. --Andrew Bartlett

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By A. Ort on June 1 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this one on a whim way back when it was first released (still don't remember exactly why...). It slowly grew on me as I paraded around the country for a summer. Seems everywhere I went, there was Morphine.
I actually got see them live while visiting Austin, Texas (stood next to Mark Sandman without even knowing it before the show...). What a show. A two-string bass, a saxophone and some drums jam beyond belief. Who woulda thunk it!
While this was not their first recording it was the one that hooked me in. While in San Fran, there they were. While in Seattle, there they were. It was kinda bizarre. Anyhow, I gathered a whole bunch of folks to see them in Seattle without them every having heard the album. They were a bit skeptical but went anyhow. They were hooked.
I can't really explain it but the music and the lyrics really draw you in. At once dark and a bit wry, they are also quite witty and intelligent and catch the listener a bit off guard at times. It's quite fresh and quite effective and it really rocks. If you're looking for something a bit different than much of what passes for music today, this is a great twist.
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By Ludmila on Feb. 2 2003
Format: Audio CD
My ex-boyfriend and I were hanging out in our apartment when this CD came on the stereo. I had only heard of Morphine at that point, yet had never actually heard them. Ironically enough (or not), although I liked the album when I heard it the first few times, it wasn't until my breakup with the aforementioned ex-boyfriend that this album really gripped me, and when I finally realized its true genius. I was driving around with a friend, right after the break-up, when "Candy" came on. "Are you sure you want to hear this song right now?" she inqured. "Of course," I replied, in all of my self-torture, and even played "In Spite Of You" once or twice too, in between tears. This album is absolutely gorgeous, especially if you are suffering. (And if you're not suffering, then you'll be able to just enjoy its candid beauty, I'm sure). The title is more than appropriate for this collection of sad, soulful, and well, just plain gorgeous, songs. . . There is really no way to classify this album in one genre, but it is an outstanding combination of jazz, blues, and rock and roll. Musically, it is genius. Lyrically, as well. And every tune is heartfelt and poignant, and pulls right at those proverbial heart-strings, but never in a bitter or excessive way. . . This album is a remarkable companion to heartache/heartbreak, but is user-friendly enough that it can be listened to in almost any mood. Ironically enough, perhaps, it provides great background music to a romantic trist. Or even when you're hanging out alone in your pad, sipping a glass of wine, perhaps, and just wanting to hang out and be mellow. These guys have real and true talent, and every song is an emotional venture into the human psyche. And each song is exquisite, beautiful, intense. . .Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
I recently went out and bought some highly praised CDs, and out of all the ones I got, Morphine's "Cure For Pain" has made a believer of me. It's amazing what the trio accomplished by stripping away any extraneous sounds and given a raw but varied soundscape.
The music is smoky, eyes-closed pure and retro-cool. Dana Colley's baritone sax seems to be everywhere at once keeping up as an accompaniment and harmony to the vocals and then the next instance carrying on the burden of the slot usually filled by guitars. It's pretty mind-bendingly talented. Mark Sandman, who unfortunately never did quite discover a cure for pain to replace his drug use, sounds like a raw Chris Isaak. The drums and heavy slide bass lines are in lock step making the songs jump right along and making you forget that people even have a need for a lead guitar to make music come alive. When a rare guitar does appear on a song, it's a "Battle of Evermore" ala Led Zeppelin moment on track 7: "In Spite of Me" with Sandman's whispered husky voice making their music even more varied and beautiful
There is so much about this album that is rich, musically layered, and enjoyable that I'm sure I'll be wearing out my CD player with it. If you are an eclectic music fan, don't miss out on this one.
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Format: Audio CD
Boredom hurts, and Morphine is definitely the cure for pain; a smoky, dark band, Morphine weaves a sound that is not easily categorized as rock or blues. Instead, a drummer, saxophonist, and 2-string slide bassist/singer create something of a sensory deprivation-tank of sound, not unlike the pleasant stupor associated with their namesake drug, and in the process, invite us into a dark recess of sound.
The album is bold, driving, and dark, with blasting saxophone-riffs and sonorous bass. Mark Sandman's lyrics are deceptively simple, yet artfully performed, his voice a dark mournful bass. The saxophone is sometimes raw, sometimes polished, and I didn't know until I caught a concert, but sometimes the saxophonist plays TWO horns at once.
With this album, Morphine gives us some well-executed cuts, and is a great album as-a-whole. My favorite song on this album "In Spite of Me" is atypical of Morphine's style with Sandman singing in a half-whisper over a delicate mandolin-sound, but the rest of the album is enjoyable and delivers a potent dose of some really good music.
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