Bloodflowers (studio album) by The Cure
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Bloodflowers is ranked 10th best out of 37 albums by The Cure on BestEverAlbums.com.
The best album by The Cure is Disintegration which is ranked number 32 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 29,130.
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The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).
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My own experience is that this was the first The Cure album I listened to - lent to me by a friend in 2005. I had it on repeat in my car for several weeks - and it grew on me in ways that I cannot explain. I went on the various song journeys with Robert and felt a deep personal connection...so much so, that every road trip I and my friend now go on ~ and that is quite often, ~ Bloodflowers always travels with us. I have Bloodflowers in my top 10 albums of all time. With musical preferences, quite often it is all in the 'timing' and how the music connects us to significant others & events in our lives.
It was a tough listening to get through the whole of this Cure album with no break. Firstly, the album has a playing time of well over 60 minutes and secondly, many of the songs are pretty similar and hard to distinguish from each other. Most songs are also quite long and as there are only rare surprising chord changes and musical surprises along the way it has to become a very tiring experience.
There are absolutely no tracks that have the lightness and ease of many of the Cure's early songs and don’t expect a new "Friday I'm in Love". Most of it sounds like depressed lament, often accompanied by noisy guitar.
Best are the tracks where the acoustic guitar is allowed to give some air to the otherwise heavy sound. The pretty good opening track "Out of This World" is one of those and "There is no if" is another. These two are the only tracks I might consider including on a Cure playlist. A disappointing and depressing album.
After several listens this one is not taking. Unfortunately the production is not the best and the songs don’t offer many surprises. I’ve heard this performed live and it was better but none of these songs are a challenge to the band’s past work.
Underrated Cure album. My favourites are Maybe Someday and Where the Birds Always Sing. Also like 39.
I never really gave this a chance back when. I recently picked up a reissue of the album and have spent some time with it. After listening intently I believe this is a good Cure album. Not my favorite or one I would go to first but I appreciate the sentiment in some of the lyrics. Definitely an album for a certain mood. Some misgivings might be the early aughts drum machine sound and tracking synths. I could do without those production choices. The acoustic guitar sound full and Robert Smiths voice is as good as ever. All in all, I’m glad I have made peace with this album and appreciate it for what it is.
Robert Smith always strived for the morbid. Here he captures his bleakest output. Literally the sound of a band dying. An immolation on disc- terrible.
This album seems a bit front loaded, but that being said, do not overlook Bloodflowers. The emotion and atmosphere it creates can be immensely powerful. A beautiful and terrifying album. One of my favourite albums by The Cure and one of my favorite albums of all time. A+
The combination of harder rock and the more classic Cure chord progressions/lyrical themes works very well, I think. The first half of this album can stack up with their best work, especially "Maybe Someday" and "The Last Day of Summer." Unfortunately, it can't hold a level of consistency through to the end.
This one got good reviews how ever I just couldn’t get into it . I am a Cure fan and never listen to this album.
Probably my least favorite. Doesnt sound really good and Roberts vocals sound uninspired. Often overrated because of the supposed trilogy.
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