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Bloodflowers
     

Bloodflowers

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by The Cure
 

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For what appears to be the closing chapter of their 20-year career, the Cure have decided to tie things up with a truly sad tale -- an appropriate move from a band that pioneered goth music and resurrected the mime makeup industry. Cure frontman Robert Smith has referred to BLOODFLOWERS as the bookend of a musical trilogy that began in 1982 with the bleak, despairing

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For what appears to be the closing chapter of their 20-year career, the Cure have decided to tie things up with a truly sad tale -- an appropriate move from a band that pioneered goth music and resurrected the mime makeup industry. Cure frontman Robert Smith has referred to BLOODFLOWERS as the bookend of a musical trilogy that began in 1982 with the bleak, despairing PORNOGRAPHY and continued in 1989 with the dark, worrying DISINTEGRATION. But while BLOODFLOWERS is indeed depressing, it's never enervating or morose. Throughout, Smith expresses frustration with his relationships, mortality, and, especially, his career: "No, I won't do it again, I don't want to pretend, if it can't be like before I've got to let it end" ("Maybe Someday"). But the woe is revealed over layers of lush textures and crafty songwriting that show just how much the band has grown since its gloomy beginnings. Instead of merely thudding, droning, and whining, the Cure weave echoing guitar layers, delicate piano, and colorful arrangements into the mix. In "Out of this World," for example, the band bends single, quivering guitar notes around a web of pattering electronic drums, delicate strums, and glistening piano, making BLOODFLOWERS one of the band's most musically satisfying discs.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Cure edged into new territory with Wild Mood Swings, but nevertheless drew scorn from certain quarters because it eschewed goth rock for pop, both pure and twisted. For 2000's Bloodflowers, Robert Smith decided to give the people what they wanted: a classic Cure album, billed as the third part of a trilogy begun with Pornography and continued with Disintegration. That turns out to be more or less true, since Bloodflowers boasts all of the Cure's signatures: stately tempos, languid melodies, spacious arrangements, cavernous echoes, morose lyrics, keening vocals, long running times. If that's all you're looking for, Bloodflowers delivers in spades. If you want something transcendent, you're out of luck, since the album falls short of the mark, largely because it sounds too self-conscious. As one song segues into the next, it feels like Smith is striving to make a classic Cure record, putting all the sounds in place before he constructs the actual songs. That makes for a good listening experience, especially for fans of Disintegration, but it never catches hold the way that record did, for two simple reasons: there isn't enough variation between the songs for them to distinguish themselves, nor are there are enough sonic details to give individual tracks character. While Disintegration had goth monoliths, it also had pristine pop gems and elegant neo-psychedelia; with a couple of exceptions, the songs on Bloodflowers all feel like cousins of "Pictures of You." The album is certainly well made, and even enjoyable; however, its achievement is a bit hollow, since it never seems like Smith is pushing himself or the band. Nobody else can come close to capturing the Cure's graceful gloom, but it's hard to shake the suspicion that Bloodflowers could have been something grand if he had shaken up the formula slightly.

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Release Date:
02/15/2000
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075596223621
catalogNumber:
62236
Rank:
7194

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Bloodflowers 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
bloodflowers is an amazing album to conclude the pornography, disintegration, bloodflowers trilogy. it would be unfair to say that robert smith and the cure could've done better, what backs that statement are the three greatest songs on the album, "The Last Day of Summer" "Bloodflowers" and "where the birds always sing"
Guest More than 1 year ago
not much to say but 5 stars. those looking for so called singles forget it! but the true cure fan will love this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, the saga that started w/ Pornography, then Disintegration is complete. I was impressed by the rich lyrics and wonderful music blended together to create another amazing adventure into the heart and soul of THE CURE. BUY IT NOW!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album is the best, that ever did The Cure. Sensation of the end of the summer - beginning of autumn. Music is very mature, abundance of sound. Despite of some melancholy Watching Me Fall, 39 and Bloodflowers, album is very alive, energetically very powerful. All compositions are simplly incomparable. Highest professionalism. Music does not keep indifferent. It would be desirable to listen and to listen. It is impossible to tear off. Too much emotions, but I shall try to describe them. The constructinon of album is very precise, balanced, there is nothing superfluous. The album is the synthesis of Japanese painting both western music and poetry. As poet Smith is magnificent. To use less percussion (and electronic drums) , on mine, was profitable movement. And Smith didn¿t make error. More sounds of guitar and piano. For the Englishman, whose life,as contrasted to life of Russian, seems supersatisfactory, album, probably, looks morose and depressing, but for me, living in Siberia, these epithets are not acceptable. I feel something other. ÂLOODFLOWERS is very alive, beautiful and stands on the level with DISINTEGRATION. And, as it seems to me, more integral, balanced than WISH. The brief resume: Out Of This World ¿ the song which enters us in most beautiful world of BLOODFLOWERS. Brilliant composition as the first songs of album, Watching Me Fall - heartfelt, full power and sound bewitching, extremely mystical, beautiful and inspired, one of the best things on this album, Bloodflowers ¿ the second best song on this album, 39 - excellent, There Is No If - very lyrical, little bit sad and soft «thing», Coming Up ¿ unexpected, exotic and fashionable, The Loudest Sound - simply good, Maybe Someday, The Last Day Of¿, Where The Birds¿ - colorful arrangements, musically satisfying tracks. Thank You, The Cure! Thank You, Robert! Boris from Siberia, Cure¿s fan since 1988.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, a new album from THE CURE. . I got the CD a week ago, after three songs I was and missing BORIS WILLIAMS on the drum chair. Jason is OK, but has NO personality on the drums, his sound is so dull, and the electronic drum sounds are not working! What a difference with the percussion in the WISH or DISINTEGRATION albums. But taking drums out of this review, I can say that this one is the long awaited album after Disintegration, Robert¿s good lyrics are back again. Maybe Someday¿s guitar remind me of Three Imaginary Boys. Bloodflower is a good song (I don¿t know why the drumming makes me think of CLOSEDOWN. He he he). There is no If is probably the album¿s most beautiful song. (No drums on this one, just a little percussion). For you who enjoyed Disintegration and Wish, this completes the trilogy. Pornography has little to do here, except maybe, for some lyrics. And for those of you looking for Lovecats, The Walk or Let¿s go to bed...sorry. By the way, I do not have nothing personal against Jason Cooper. It's just MY opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you're one of those cure fans who hated the
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Mike_Raaymakers More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Cooper is probably the worst drummer The Cure ever had! For me the best of all times: BORIS WILLIAMS, the second one: ANDY ANDERSON. Even LAWRENCE TOLHURST was better. Why the drummer just plays over the song with no personality and no musical approach? JASON, JASON...My advice: Listen to Boris and LEARN!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bloodflowers could be better! I have every album, including The Glove. I just feel that it could be better. Like The Top etc...