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Bloodflowers Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 249 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 15 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B00004GOVO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 249 customer reviews
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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
8. 39
9. Bloodflowers

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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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I'll be honest: when I picked up "Wild Mood Swings," I wasn't really quite sure what to make of it, and songs that really stood out (to me, anyway) were few and far between on the album. It was true to its title, though--upbeat tunes like "Mint Car" alternated with melancholic, often sedate, material. On the excellent "Bloodflowers," however, the mood does not "swing" from the maudlin baseline that runs through the songs. Robert Smith, getting on in years like many of his long-time fans, dwells not only on his favorite themes of tiring and expiring relationships, but also laments the loss of youth, the fleeting nature of human existence and happiness, and the futile quest for meaning and sense in an indifferent world.
Musically, "Bloodflowers" almost seems to form a trilogy with the magnificently conceived "Disintegration" and "Wish" albums. The haunting guitar solos, sprouting like vines through multi-layered soundscapes (try the hypnotic title track, as well as "39"), and which I missed so sorely on "Wild Mood Swings," are back, but there are also a few more straightforward, "narrative" songs like "There is no if..." and "The Loudest Sound."
All in all, it's the good old stuff that makes feeling sad such an enriching experience. "Bloodflowers" nevertheless sounds fresh and original, confirming that these imaginary boys can still write songs. If you find yourself liking "Bloodflowers" as much as I did, and were blown away by the exuberant "Wrong Number," you may wonder why the heck this is intended to definitely be the last Cure album, as Smith musically declares in "Maybe Someday.
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I'm quite new to the Cure, and don't nessasarily plan on buying all of their albums, but I know good music when I hear it. I really wasnt expecting their last album to be so good. I think out of the 3 albums I have so far, I enjoy this one the most. They have matured a lot by now and have great musicianship and production. The music on this album seems very refreshing and contains lush acoustic textures and melodies. "The Last Day of Summer" is an extremely beautiful and emotional song with a long intro and unbeatable guitar work. "Watching me Fall" seemed a little bit drawn out on my first few listens, but that song is very epic and keeps on changing a lot. "Where the Birds Always Sing" has a catchy acoustic riff, and is also depressing and emotional which isn't too surprising. "Maybe Someday", a good vocal performace for the most part. "The loudest Sound" also has great guitar melodies and good lyrics. This album isn't really that Gothic, but depressing nonetheless... i'm very happy with it!
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This music's beauty is beyond words. I really don't know if I'll be able to describe it with the limitiations of the English language, but I shall try.
"Out of this World"- One of the best opening tracks ever recorded. Everything is perfect. I especially love the little guitar part about 1:30 into the song. The lyrics aregreat and Robert purrs and croons every syllable with tear jerking emotion.
"Watching me Fall"- For a Cure song, not very mellow. But it's defiantely a trip. A trip into the depths of Robert's mind. A true lyrical and musical journey.
"Where the Birds Always Sing"- Not one of my favorites, I usually skip it over. Not because it's a bad song, but because the rest of the album is so good. Still one of their best songs.
"Maybe Someday"- The U.S. single. By far the closest thing to uplifting, though I think its about Robert's decision to stop recording as the Cure. Oh well....PLEASE MAKE MORE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC ROBERT!
"The Last Day of Summer"- one of my favotire songs. Beautiful lyrics that I find myself quoting all the time. Sad, but I like being meloncholy.
"There is no if"- This song is just Robert. he plays everything. A tragic love song about the beginning, and of course, the end of a relationship.
"The Loudest Sound"- possibly my favorite song, though it took some time to grow on me. The more I listen to it the more I like it. The lyrics are so good I'll copy some right here: "Side by side in silence, without a single word, It's the loudest sound, the loudest sound I ever heard. The music is breathtaking in itself, but the voice, oh god, his voice...
"39"- Oh, the terror of being near middle aged.
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Bloodflowers is the only actual Cure 'album' i own - although i have Galore and Staring at the Sea singles sets. I highly recommend it.
hearing the beautiful song, "the last day of summer" on mp3 and then seeing them in concert at Sydney prompted me to buy this album and i was not disappointed. lyrically this album is beyond compare, musically it is perfect for anyone feeling 'in the middle' in their life - not quite sure whether things are going up or down. ambivalent.
'out of this world' is a pretty, thoughtful song. the first song i ever heard the Cure play live - it blew me away.
'watching me fall' is a total epic, brilliant lyrics, a cold dark electric guitar riff that will haunt your imagination.
'where the birds always sing' - similar to the last day of summer so i love it.
'maybe someday' and 'coming up' are harder and heavier than the other tracks, they complement the others well though. some great weird techno sounds on coming up.
'last day of summer' - beautiful, almost heartbreakingly so. the ultimate song of reflection.
'there is no if....' - didnt like this song that much at first but then i understood what the lyrics meant, and began liking it. more of a short ballad than the epic melancholias that are most of the other tracks.
'maybe someday' - trippy bassy sounds. one of the best written love songs i have ever heard. its so damn sad though! :(
'39' - epic psychedelic sounds. 'the fire is almost out and there is nothing left to burn'. great guitar work.
'bloodflowers' - could well be the most complete Cure song ever made. completely original sound - it is hard to describe, flute-like sounds with an incomparable electric riff. when you hear it you just want to hug all your loved ones and thank god you have them.
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