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5.0 out of 5 stars Is The Cure Over The Hill?
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...
Published on 21 Feb 2000

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacklustre final effort from Robert and Gang
Having grown up listening to such great albums as Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, or Disintegration, it was exciting to hear advance press that The Cure had reverted to what they were best at with Bloodflowers. I'm not sure whether it's because I've grown up or simply moved on, but while the delicious guitar sounds and washes of synth are still very much there, the musicality...
Published on 16 Feb 2000


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5.0 out of 5 stars Took time but love it!, 8 Dec 2012
This review is from: Bloodflowers (CD) (Audio CD)
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 my opinion) this album brings everything back to where it should be, superb songs, superb melodies and that little bit of something that made us love the cure in the 1st place, songs such as: the last day of summer, there is no if and the loudest sound are absolute classics! Especially "The Loudest Sound" works big time, great tune, great melody and poignant lyrics, what more could you ask for in a "Cure" tune, could possibly be my best Cure song ever.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of The Cure= the beginning of The Cure..., 19 Jun 2004
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bloodflowers (CD) (Audio CD)
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. The Cure had been deemed over around Britpop and the problematic Wild Mood Swings LP (which isn't that bad- tracks like Want, Jupiter Crash & Bare pointing towards this record). Smith & co seemed out of place and most of the poppy-tracks on Wild Mood Swings were either flawed or flops (or both- see the dire Gone). The positive part of Wild Mood Swings was the tour after, which eventually dropped WMS-tracks like Return and Round and Round and Round for older songs like Cold, Prayers for Rain, & Play for Today. The Cure were tapping into their gloomier past...
Bloodflowers was the result, completing a loose trilogy alongside Pornography (1982) & career-high Disintegration (1989)- all of which would be performed on the recent DVD Trilogy in Berlin. Bloodflowers was intended as the last Cure LP (I know Smith had said this several times before!), but with their commercial cache seemingly gone (even though the subsquent tour took in thousands) and their record contract ending, this seemed like it could be the end?
Smith wanted to return to the purer Cure-sound and had become enamoured with Mogwai and their classic Young Team (1997) debut. Out of This World is the gorgeous opener, the sublime guitar sound of Mogwai very much evident and a sense of end in sight, "One last time before the end...One last time before it's time to go again." Watching Me Fall continues the territory of 90s-outtake Burn and memorably featured in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer- at 11-minutes it is way too long, but shows that The Cure don't really care: no compromises here!
Bloodflowers then shifts into gorgeous acoustic-driven blissed-downers, the centre of the LP (Where the Birds...to There is No If)sounding like the end of Summer Nights, too much Proust etc. Songs like Maybe Someday and The Last Day of Summer easily ranking up there with prior Cure classics. The Loudest Sound is a bit of an experiment, the song is fine, though the production could have been better- the trip-hop vibe could be criticised. 39 is like a vaster Never Enough, a hypnotic riff and a hint of funk- The Cure decide to lock into a groove as Smith deals with hitting a significant birthday again (he was about to be 40, as he was about to be 30 with Disintegration)- "To keep the fire ablaze" eventually becoming "The fire is almost out...and there's nothing left to burn." The LP closes on the gorgeous title track- which represented this seemingly final offering from The Cure.
As returns to form go, Bloodflowers is up there with Bowie's Heathen, Lou Reed's The Blue Mask, Dylan's Time Out of Mind & Neil Young's Freedom. The tour that would follow would see The Cure focus on the dark stuff, taking in just a few pop songs- even playing a main-set in Hyde Park a few years ago packed with such joys as The Drowning Man, Pornography & Disintegration!
Since then, The Cure (like peer/foe Morrissey) have come back into vogue- being cited and covered by many contemporary acts (good & bad): Hell is for Heroes, Korn, Blink182 (who Smith has worked with), Tricky, Preston School of Industry, Jamie Cullum, Red Hot Chili Peppers (whose Californication is apparently influenced by doomy-oddity Carnage Visors from 1981!), Massive Attack, The Killers etc. Smith & co are in fine live form, have released a box-set of b-sides & outtakes, are in the process of reissuing their back-catalogue (expect a new version of Bloodflowers?) & are returning with an eponymous LP which has seen them get some press coverage in the UK! Shocking...
Bloodflowers is then the end of The Cure, but also the beginning of The Cure- so an LP that is well worth discovering in the meantime...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly their very best, 3 Nov 2003
This review is from: Bloodflowers (CD) (Audio CD)
Don't let anyone dissuade you from trying this, the Cure are still going strong. Smith wasn't kidding when he said before its release that Bloodflowers was the most thoughful Cure release ever. This was meant to be the band's bowing-out finale, and as such is filled with nostalgia with lines such 'it used to be so easy...' 'we'll look back on it all as i know we will' and 'the time always comes to say goodbye' heard throughout. However, the sheer beauty of this work was met with such acclaim that the lads are apparently penning the next album. Lets hope its just as good. This release is every bit as beautiful as tracks like 'trust' and 'impossible things' from wish, whilst being as breathtaking as anything from disintegration. One of the best, if not the best Cure albums. So don't listen to anyone who tries to say otherise, you owe yourself a listen of this. Sweetness follows, take my word for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with the best of the Cure, 21 Feb 2000
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This review is from: Bloodflowers (CD) (Audio CD)
It seems like I'm almost too old to be listening to the Cure. Although I'm not too old like Smith is for still playing in the Cure :) Fortunately this album provides a sense of mid-life maturity..resulting in my opinion one of the Cure's best albums (along with Disintegration). Songs are darker, deeper and more geniunely thoughtful than Wish (which is a relief). Lyrical composition reflects the Cure's sixth form style, but the content is far more truthful in reflecting Smith's 'getting on 40 something' (39) perspective on life. The songs are not commerical, whilst they geniunely assert their idiosyncrasy and classic cure palette - (drums may be the weakest part, although I like the rythms in Bloodflowers). The result is an album which is particularly unique (whilst completing the trilogy of pornography and disintegration) and ends the Cure on a sublimely low note played with surreptitious beauty and elegance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 July 2014
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This review is from: Bloodflowers (CD) (Audio CD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Japanese version of this cd is much better, 28 May 2012
This review is from: Bloodflowers (CD) (Audio CD)
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 suppose to come out as deluxe, remastered products.Ha Ha Ha, That never happen, Big Bob (who somehow starts ressembling to the Joker from the last Batman franchise)made us sell our cd's , never deliver the goods and now we're stock repurchasing our cd's in some second hand cd store.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CURE AT ITS BEST, 5 Nov 2001
This review is from: Bloodflowers [VINYL] (Vinyl)
AFTER THE RATHER SHALLOW ALBUM "WILD MOOD SWINGS" THE CURE HAVE A COMEBACK WITH "BLOODFLOWERS". ALL OF YOU FANS WHO HAVE BEEN DISSAPOINTED WITH W. M. S. CAN REST EASY THE CURE FOUND THERE WAY BACK TOO WHAT THEY DO BEST! DARK, MOURNFUL ROCKSOUND WITH THERE ONE OF A KIND CURE-STYLE.
BEATIFUL LYRICS, OPEN AND HONEST AND STRAIGHT-
FORWARD TO THE LISTENER.
NOT AS GOOD AS "DISENTEGRATION" BUT STILL A CURE
MASTERPIECE AND ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR! bUY IT!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye and thank you Robert, 21 Feb 2000
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This review is from: Bloodflowers (CD) (Audio CD)
Lovely. Not challenging, not angry, indeed not the Cure that so many of us grew up with, but an album that sounds honest, unassuming and sad.
This album is the sound of Robert Smith getting older. There are no pretentious pseudo-latino songs, no single wannabes, just great great music. Out of This World is fantastic, Maybe Someday is stunning and 39, moving. This is the Cure album I wanted after Wish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 11 May 2000
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Mr. Russell Nicol (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bloodflowers (CD) (Audio CD)
I pity people who didn't like Bloodflowers. After a disappearing act by the Cure, and a multitude of different band members I thought the group would go downhill, but this album proved me wrong. Bloodflowers is pure brilliance, the cure are amazing and the Bloodflowers Dreamtour 2000 was mesmerising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance, 19 Mar 2002
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This review is from: Bloodflowers (CD) (Audio CD)
Supposedly the last album and Robert said he wanted to go out with a great last album and that he was very satisified with this and rightly so! This album didnt even take time to grow on me, i thought it was brilliant from the first listen. Its a fairly mellow album though some tracks have a louder feel "39" and "the bloodlowers". I think every track on this album is very good, its hard to pick a favourite. The album is only nine tracks, but thanks to the depth and layers of this album it manages to last about an hour, and every minute of it is enjoyable. Its so easy to slate an album by this band and say their doing nothing new because theyve written so much music and been playing together for so long, but the fact is this album does have its own sound..... the cure are using accoustic guitars a lot on this album, which they havent really done before, and it brings a certain freshness to the feel of the album. Anyway if your unsure borrow it first, its a great album.
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