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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.'

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Out Of This World
When we look back at it all, As I know we will You and me, wide-eyed I wonder will we really remember How it feels to be this alive And I know we... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. 30
    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: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  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. TylerP
    Dec 15, 2006
    10
    Closer to a ten than a nine, Bloodflowers is an excellent album. While it's highs are never as high as those found on Disintegration Closer to a ten than a nine, Bloodflowers is an excellent album. While it's highs are never as high as those found on Disintegration ("Disintegration", "The Same Deep Water As You", "Plainsong", "Pictures Of You"), it also lacks Disintegration's lows (the out-of-place "Lovesong" and "Lullaby"). A very sold listen with only one real flaw: Watching Me Fall is perhaps a minute or two too long. The title track is one of my favourite Cure songs of all time -- and that, my friends, is saying something. Expand
  3. SaraR.
    Nov 19, 2001
    10
    This album is not only melodic to the point of beautiful, Robert Smith is the Shakespeare of our time. Awesome CD!
  4. Jul 21, 2021
    10
    I always come back to this album for the poignant lyrics and mesmerizing sounds. More than that, this album really presages by two decades theI always come back to this album for the poignant lyrics and mesmerizing sounds. More than that, this album really presages by two decades the atmospheric music that is now so common. Lovely and perfect for our post-internet age, but still twenty years too soon for the critics. 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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