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Bloodflowers (CD) [Original recording remastered]

The Cure Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often ... Read more in Amazon's The Cure Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Feb 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00004KDBH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Out Of This World
2. Watching Me Fall
3. Where The Birds Always Sing
4. Maybe Someday
5. The Last Day Of Summer
6. There Is No If
7. The Loudest Sound
8. 39
9. Bloodflowers

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Commerce being commerce, bands rarely have the luxury of writing their own epitaphs--after all, posthumous compilations can be tweezed from careers one-twentieth as long or as influential as the Cure's. But according to Robert Smith, the moving, strangely dignified Bloodflowers is, in every sense that matters, the Cure's full stop; a concept album about not making albums any more. And if you're the sort who never believes au revoir hype, one listen should put paid to your scepticism, and two should prove it's a keeper on musical grounds alone. Two years in the making, this companion to Pornography and Disintegration begins with the words "we'll look back at it all ... wide-eyed" and ends with the title track's Socratic dialogue between mutability and constancy; faith and loss. In between, there's a subdued tone but no weariness in its shape-shifting beats ("The Loudest Sound"), statements of intent ("Maybe Someday" insisting "Don't want what I did"), a true-hearted, sweetly ridiculous love song ("There Is No If") and a fearless eye-to-eye with age (the "How Soon Is Now"-ish "39"). And, everywhere, those yearning, depthless, ravishing flanged guitars. Simply put, it's that rarest of things: a goodbye that's deliberate, thoughtful, fond and gentle, and yet as tough-minded as most pop is wilfully craven. --Jennifer Nine

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is The Cure Over The Hill? 21 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Not since "Disintegration" has a cure album affected me in such a deep way. Just when you might doubt he still has it, Robert Smith releases "Bloodflowers;" which is a little irony in itself as the song "39" is about that very doubt. There is something ineffable about The Cure, something that touches our souls. This album is very dark, and ponderously melancholic. To answer the question that many of you have been dying to know, does this album harken back to "Disintegration?" I can answer yes and no. It's dark and very similar to "Disintegration" but different. Robert is philosophical in songs like "Where Birds Always Sing" and is expressive of his feelings, in songs like "The Loudest Sound" and "There is No If," both songs are about the tragic nature of love and life and reminiscent of "Faith" and "Disintegration," but closer to "Disintegration." There are songs that are tragic, angry and sad like "Watching Me Fall" (where we find out that Robert can still hold a note. It reminds me of "Prayers for Rain") and "39." The theme is that we get old, and that nothing lasts forever. It is neither fair nor unfair, most poignantly demonstrated in "Bloodflowers," " The Last Day Of Summer," and "39" which also happens to be Robert's age--hard to believe, yes? I never thought I would see the day when my favorite rock artist would see 40. So is The Cure over the hill? Not, if they keep this up! I know I will be spending many rainy nights with this album. Like "Disintegration" I can't say I have a favorite song. It depends on my mood; one day it might be "The Loudest Sound," another "39" or maybe "Watching Me Fall. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just My Review..... 22 May 2001
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Format:Audio CD
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hazily romantic return to form from The Cure: 22 Feb 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Bloodflowers is The Cure's 20th album in 22 years and is reputed to be the final part in a trilogy begun in 1982 with Pornography and centred around the band's creative highpoint, 1989's Disintegration. Most of what they've released before and after Disintegration inevitably fell under the shadow of its epic, swooning grace. Perhaps wisely, the band have never tried to recreate the elegant mystery contained therein and instead ploughed a lighter furrow throughout the nineties. Until now that is:
Arriving 11 years and seven albums (only two of which containing new material) later, Bloodflowers is a worthy sequel to Disintegration. Clocking in at almost an hour, with only nine tracks, there's little room here for throwaway pop. Every song has been carefully thought out and exceptionally rendered. That unmistakable yearning quality has returned to singer Robert Smith's voice as the music sweeps the listener along in endless innocence. Indeed the whole album feels like a luscious manifestation of childhood dreams and secrets.
Opening track Out of this World is simple yet effective. It builds on a gentle acoustic guitar, reminiscent of Disintegration's Untitled, as Smith wistfully reminisces "when we look back at it all as I know we will, you and me wide eyed. I wonder will we really remember how it feels to be this alive". Better still is The Last Day of Summer, where melodies fall from the sky as Smith laments the changes life forces upon you as you grow older in the most beautifully nave way: "Nothing I am, nothing I dream, nothing is new, nothing I think or believe in or say, nothing is true. It used to be so easy, I never even tried".
Elsewhere 39 and, particularly, Watching Me Fall evoke memories of Disintegration's glorious title track.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by K T Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Took time but love it!
If you are reading this one would suspect you are a "Cure" fan anyway? What could one say, after the crud that was "Wild Mood Swings" (the worst Cure album ever in... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me through an awful school trip!
There are no words for how much I adore this album. It's beautiful, moving and awe inspiring. It was one of a few cds I had on an awful school trip to Greece for a week when I was... Read more
Published 22 months ago by raven_guest
4.0 out of 5 stars The Japanese version of this cd is much better
So you went to the Cure 2008 tour, purchase the program and toward the end of the booklet, it's written for all to see that studio and live cd's from "Wish" to "Bloodflowers" are... Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by Pablito el demonito
5.0 out of 5 stars Still masters of their own destiny.
I don't understand the negativity towards this album from some reviewers. This album is wonderful, deep, passionate, heartfelt and utterly soulful. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Mild Dill Hotpot
5.0 out of 5 stars I am 'Robert Smith!'
The Cure returning to form on this release..well constructed songs..total brlliance!
Their 11th studio album 2000
Published on 20 May 2010 by Mr. Anthony Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cure at their fearsome best
Robert Smith knew exactly what he wanted when he took the band into the studio to record Bloodflowers - and it shows. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2008 by Thomas A. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, a strong Cure album
A melancholy set from Smith but one which invigorates rather than flat-out depresses. Each time I play this album I like it more and it is a strong album, possibly even better than... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2007 by Adamski
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts Of The Past - Ghosts Of The Future
Evrey time I listen to this album, and I am listening to it now, it changes and it changes me... it coalesces the various stlyes through which The Cure have migrated through -... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2005 by Steven T. Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of The Cure= the beginning of The Cure...
Bloodflowers was pretty much buried in the UK, who were much happier to focus on anti-talents Oasis returning with their dire Standing on the Shoulder of Giants LP at the time. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2004 by Jason Parkes
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