Bloodflowers - The Cure
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  • Summary: Robert Smith declared 'Bloodflowers' to be the final release from The Cure. It wasn't, of course, but it does in theory complete a trilogy that began with 'Pornography' and 'Disintegration.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. One of the band's most affecting works.
  2. 90
    This is classic Cure. Three listens and you'll love it.
  3. 80
    Bloodflowers is a marvel. It has something to say, and it delivers that message with passion.
  4. 70
    Bloodflowers smartly pulls up the weeds and cleans a bed for mid-life flowers akin to Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man or Dylan's Time Out of Mind, though it doesn't reach the creative heights of those albums.
  5. Gone are the ill-advised brass and bare-faced chart aspirations of 1996's awful 'Wild Mood Swings', as are the flippant pop songs that commercialised The Cure in the mid-1980s. What we are left with is the dark, dense core of Smith's psyche, and a reminder that The Cure are at their fearsome best when creating soundscapes awash with uncertainty and dread.
  6. Wisely, Bloodflowers is every crotchet a Cure album. True, there's no blatant hit single - one of those sudden shifts into gloriously barmy pop frenzy - but there's still ample compensation to be had...
  7. Many of the songs begin promisingly, with glowing guitar figures and plaintive synthesizer cascades, but these hints of beauty get lost in a morass of feedback and ill-defined arrangements.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. May 10, 2011
    Would have been the perfect album to end their career with but, we're all human so they went further than this. This is one of the best productions I've ever heard and I can't stop listening to it. Easily some of Smith's best lyrics and the bands most expansive arrangements since Disintegration. Expand
  2. THM
    Dec 21, 2011
    This was probably their last best album. The lyrics are what make it. The music is akin to Wild Mood Swings, Wish or an upbeat Disintegration. Typical Cure. The lyrics are truly transcendental, though. Expand

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