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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. This is classic Cure music, straight up (or should that be straight down?): lengthy songs (most more than five minutes) with plenty of cold, alternately chiming and grinding guitars, fluttering keyboards and, of course, Smith's mournful yowl, which hasn't sounded this intense since the The Top's "Shake Dog Shake" in 1984.
  3. 80
    Bloodflowers is a marvel. It has something to say, and it delivers that message with passion.
  4. 70
    Even as they approach epic length, the songs remain beautiful, dramatic, and above all else simple.
  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: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. May 10, 2011
    10
    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 bestWould 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. MarinaZ
    Aug 20, 2005
    10
    A wonderfull album by the goth/rock masters!!!
  3. TeemuM.
    Aug 28, 2001
    10
    Snifff.... Gooodd..... aaahhh
  4. PerryL.
    Sep 9, 2001
    10
    It's been 1.5 years now, and it still seems totally fresh and powerful - easily the best fuckin' Cure album ever (and I have them It's been 1.5 years now, and it still seems totally fresh and powerful - easily the best fuckin' Cure album ever (and I have them all)!! If Bob finishes on this one, who could complain, but what would he do then?? Just one thing - unfortunately this album just didn't rate in Britain, and we didn't get a tour. A classic album, but maybe too late to catch our disappearing fan base. Anyway, I'm Scottish and I still fuckin' love that album!!! Expand
  5. DaveS
    Oct 21, 2003
    9
    While Bloodflowers doesn't tread huge amounts of new ground for The Cure, its a development of Disintegration and Wish that is as While Bloodflowers doesn't tread huge amounts of new ground for The Cure, its a development of Disintegration and Wish that is as fantastic as most of their work. It builds up tonnes of atmosphere, Smith's voice is still as good as it was 20 years before. Its a brilliant, relaxing and ultimately sad album, which doesn't do much to suprise but is a solid, light affair that comes close to previous greats like Disintegration. Expand
  6. JeffK.
    Apr 15, 2002
    9
    Amazing
  7. SteveH.
    Sep 8, 2002
    3
    This is the worst album they have put out. It is slow and lacks enthuisiasm. I got the feeling the band needed to put this album out to make This is the worst album they have put out. It is slow and lacks enthuisiasm. I got the feeling the band needed to put this album out to make money at the expense (no pun) of creativity. Expand

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