The Cure
Bloodflowers


2.5
average

Review

by Thomas Bambaataa Ghidrah Towers USER (67 Reviews)
May 12th, 2005 | 72 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


No one really likes old things right? I mean, How often do you play E.T. on your Atari 2600 now that you have the Playstation 5 or the Xbox 1080? And we all know your older brother doesn�t touch his 8-Track player anymore with his new iPod Tiny-as-Fuck. Hand me down clothes, VHS, your grandparents, no one wants any of that stuff anymore! That's sort of what happened to The Cure in the 90s. After their 1989 gloomy masterpiece Disintegration, The Cure lost direction, putting out remix albums and records that didn't generate much attention. Not to mention the wave of live CDs and compilations. The mainstream lost interest, besides that one hit Friday, I'm in Love, and maybe Robert Smith caught on. So in 2000, Smith announced that Bloodflowers would be the last Cure album. He, and a lot of the fans thought it was the perfect way to end a 20 year career, and I'd say it was about time. But I don't think it was a very nice farewell. Well whatever anyone thought, the Cure returned, and with somewhat a fresher sound. This however, still seems like it need some air.

The album establishes an acoustic sound at the beginning of the. This gives a soothing feel, along with the humming synths and organs, makes a pleasant backdrop for Robert Smith. It gives a feel of ambience, in vein of Disintegration's atmospheric attire, but not as deep sounding. Because of the 'deep' part missing, the acoustic, quiet songs lose quality, and even fall flat. That can't be good for Watch Me Fall, an eleven minute tranquil song. The song varies very little, only the drums and bass keeping any interest. The repetitive structure of the song would lead me to believe that the song didn't have to be so damn long. Of course, when you're trying to make a supposed sequel to Disintegration, long songs come to mind.

Throughout Bloodflowers, there are hints to Disintegration, as well as 1982's gloom-fest Pornography. The some of the solos sound like the bold, yet light and wavy riffs of classics like Fascination Street and Lovesong. The dark, aggressive mood of the closing track Bloodflowers, it's feel dampening to a dreary tone with the echoic bass and droning guitar, throws back to Pornography. But it's unique on the album, all the other songs are toned down compared to it.

Along with Bloodflowers, 39 and Maybe Someday kick some life into a potential snooze-fest. 39's fresh guitar work and dramatic synth/orchestra make it the most original song on the album, if only it came in earlier, before so many monotonous drones of acoustic boredom and Smith's deep, British voice. Maybe Someday is simply a great straightforward rock song, something uncommon with the Cure. Driven by a simple riff, reminiscent of their Post-Punk days, with an upbeat mood, but still with a modest tempo and relaxed melody like the other songs.

Other than those three, Bloodflowers plays it safe and doesn't vary much. The whole album is pretty much tedious, quiet acoustic songs, some of them ridiculously dragged out. Fans of Disintegration may enjoy the album, a lot of the songs in the same mellowness as Pictures of You, without the transcendent feel. It sounds like The Cure are trying to recreate past glories, but the passion is gone; all that's there are the vague formulas they used before to craft those past triumph. It has a lot of the Cure's characteristics, but half-arsed. Those bored songs don't give enough unique details between each other, never grasping attention for a prolonged amount of time. Appeal wears off quickly after repeated listens. Bloodflowers could've been a surprise triumph in the Cure's latter days, but fails because of lack of variation. Come on, Smith, shake up the recipe a bit, don't be such an old bastard.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pulseczar
June 26th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

robert smith is 45 or 46

pulseczar
September 4th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

come on, only one comment, this is the cure :upset:

pulseczar
October 15th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I edited the rating, because of the new rating system. And the first part of my review no longer makes sense because The Cure are no longer in the Punk section.

Scott Herren
October 15th 2005


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Cure are post-punk (punk influenced). This album is a 4/5. 7 songs over 2.5, 1 song under 2.5 equals a 2.5 album? I think not. And calm down, people will comment when they have something to say. Quit needlessly bumping your own review. Thanks.This Message Edited On 10.15.05

ican'tfindmyself11
November 10th 2005


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think this album definatley deserves a much higher rating than you gave. it has an amazing mood to it and i think you underrated all the songs you gave 3 or less. there is no if and the last day of summer in particular are both very strong songs and both have some amazing guitar work. as much as i loved albums like wild mood swings and kiss me kiss me kiss me i love the way the cure can make atmospheric albums like this and faith and disintegration-albums which are designed to be listened from beginning to end without any pauses. the cure are a great band and for me personally this album deserves a 4.5

ican'tfindmyself11
November 10th 2005


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review though mind. i'm glad there are some people who recognise and appreciate the cure on here

pulseczar
November 10th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this review is balls, i need to redo the 5 T by T's I did back when the site was still sprouting with overalls

pulseczar
January 17th 2006


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I finally redid this review, I redid before the crash so I simply must whore it again. Comments would be appreciated.

DesolationRow
January 29th 2006


833 Comments


Cool new review. I agree with practically everything you wrote, because i despise the cure.

Werny
May 16th 2006


148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Awesome review.



This album is really hard to get into. I love the chorus of Watching Me Fall but, really, pop rock isn't meant to have 11 minute songs.

NeoOrder
January 22nd 2008


25 Comments


After listening to this album on and off for about 6 months, I think I can finally appreciate what they were going for. Love the album now.

LucasHasACat
October 12th 2009


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This review is junk. You failed to mention the incredible lyrics. The simplicity and depth of "Out of This World" and "There is No If" are something unmatched and completely lacking in music today. The closing track is perfect, the hope of youth and the inevitabilty of death. Everything fades. The album creates a somber mood that is sustained throughout. It is a work of art and is truly the Cure's greatest work and possibly one of the greatest albums ever released.

oWhoadYo
July 30th 2012


1977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually really enjoyed this album. I can see why some don't love it, but to me it was awesome.

Mickeymau5
September 12th 2012


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's pretty awesome

oWhoadYo
September 12th 2012


1977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Loudest Sound is God Tier.

menawati
September 12th 2012


16582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agree, by far most consistent album they did in their later period

oWhoadYo
September 12th 2012


1977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree



Their latest is also very good too.

Mickeymau5
September 15th 2012


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I fell in love with the song "Out of this world" It's amazing.

oWhoadYo
September 16th 2012


1977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you don't fall in love with that song you have no soul.

Stratisfaction666
April 22nd 2013


25 Comments


Meh, sometime it kind of dragged but there are some classic tracks like Maybe Someday.



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