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Cure for Pain
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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
Top Customer Reviews
Mark Sandman...2-string slide bass; tritar; guitar; organ; lead vocals.
Dana Colley...baritone saxophone; tenor saxophone; backing vocals.
Billy Conway...drums on #'s 9 & 11; cocktail drum overdub on # 8.
Jimmy Ryan...Mandolin on # 7
Ken Winokur...Percussion on # 13
Music at its coolest from the 90's, this band does it all without the wall of sound that a lead guitar provides. Just smooth, intriguing, and consistent alternative rock and roll.
"The band themselves coined the label "low rock" to describe their music, which involved "a minimalist, low-end sound that could have easily become a gimmick."
These guys creep up on you and lull you into captivity with their hypnotic bass and saxophone lines. Bluesy jazz riffs and top shelf lyrics. Sexy, chilling out music.
"While their music is a joy to listen to, the joy feels more like a deep admiration of technique rather than a passionate and personal emotional connection."
This is a cult band at its best. Sandman died of a heart attack on stage at the age of 47 and then the band disbanded in 1999 but not before he left a permanent imprint as one of the most distinctive musicians of his generation.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
... this cd however got me into this band. awsome awsome awsome cd. i actually put it on at work today ... then 2 songs later were grooving to it. it's one of those cds. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2003 by Scott Green
Ths album is simply fantastic- not a weak song on it. However, I'm sure this album will not fit everyone's taste. This is music stripped down to its bare essentials. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by M. A. B.
"She had black hair like ravens crawling over her shoulders
All the way down
She had a smile that swerved
She had a smile that curved
She had a smile that... Read more
Morphine does what great bands do - they find their groove and stay there...slipping around a strong back beat and keeping the production sparse and clearly defined. Read morePublished on June 5 2003 by Heisenberg
Track 5, "Candy." "Candy says..." this and that. Hmmm. Where have I heard this before. "Candy says..." hmmmm. Hmmm. Oh! That's right! Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2003 by RaGS
Credit should always go to those innovators who shed the conventions of rock and roll to reinvent the craft. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003 by J. Jackson
You're still under the yoke of the guitar-bass-drums format. Much has been said about the line-up of the band, so I feel it might be useless of my time (and therefore, yours too)... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2002 by Felipe Pelussi