Morphine created a sound which the world had never heard before and has not heard since. Morphine's debut, "Good" was the perfect album to bring the band's sound into the world. With their second album, "Cure For Pain", Morphine made a classic.
Mark Sandman - Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Dana Colley - Sax
Billy Conway - Drums
Morphine's combination of Sandman's two string slide bass and smooth baritone vocals, Dana Colley's gravelly sax and Billy Conway's excellent grooves on the drum kit, all with large bits of funk thrown in throughout, was a truly unique sound. Morphine's sound was smooth and easy, a band for people to kick back to. The bluesy sax with the bass sliding around it was fun, sexy and most of all, cool. With an excellent album behind them, "Cure For Pain" being a classic, one more classic and two more top notch albums ahead, Morphine were a band capable of churning out classic track after classic track.
It is rare for an album to have nothing but great songs on it. Morphine's second album, however, does exactly this. The tracks of "Cure For Pain" are in exactly the right order, but were any to be swtiched, the tracks would still be in exactly the right order. The album often switches between sadder and more bluesy tracks and upbeat jazzy (but still bluesy) tracks ("Candy", followed by "A Head With Wings"). The chemistry between the band is remarkable. The drums drive the music in conjunction with Mark Sandman's smooth and groovy basslines. On top of that, Dana Colley's gravelly sax parts drive the music along with the bass but also play some great melodies with excellent solos in the majority of tracks. Most of all, Mark Sandman's deep and smooth vocals give the songs their feel and make the album truly great. "Cure For Pain" is arguably Morphine's best record, which says a lot. A classic album, filled with classic tracks, "Cure For Pain" is simply a must own.
- Great sound
- Excellent solos and vocals
- Morphine deliver great emotional songs as well as great rock tunes
- Album can become tiring after many listens because of the large number of tracks