dotmusic
dotmusic
IN THIS SECTION:
Singles
Albums
Live
Festivals
Future Hits
Release Schedule
dotmusic Playlist
Search

Win great prizes

Search dotmusic

HELP
CONTACT US
ADVERTISING


© Miller Freeman
Entertainment UK


for music webmasters
Album Reviews - Fri 11 Feb 2000

THE CURE - 'BLOODFLOWERS' (FICTION)
Released on: Mon 14 Feb 2000

Is this the last ever Cure album? Will Robert now toddle off into a Sussex seaside sunset armed with a solo album and an internet handbook, free at last from the corporate demands of the ever amalgamating giant record companie? If so, is 'Bloodflowers' a fitting testament to what at the end of the day is a great band with great songs and their own unmistakable sound?

'Out Of This World' is a delicate opener, drum brushes, acoustic guitar, melodic, wistful and, yes nostalgic, "I wonder when we look back on all of this..." with the requisite delicate hint of menace spinning away on an echo machine in the background. And just as you begin to fear for Robert's soul and the band's future, "We always have to go back to real lives, but real lives are the reason why we wanted another life", keyboard player Roger O'Donnell throws in the sort of comedy piano solo that Madness in their prime would have been proud of.

'Where The Birds Always Sing' could be a critique of the record industry these past twenty years. A tale of the battle between survival and tragic death, of justice and injustice, of chart topping boy bands and niche rock bands who have to ask permission to put their own music on their own website homepage - maybe.

'The Last Day Of Summer' boasts a beautifully piano-driven instrumental intro which Robert eventually dresses with another lyrical look backward over his shoulder. 'There Is No If…' is a surprise - a gorgeous, funny, love song that Robbie Williams would make a million out of. Robert's lover sneezes, coughs and yawns all over his declarations which end with what amounts to a suicide pact - just in case you were getting worried.

But enough of the soft stuff, back to the career metaphor of '39'. "The fire's out and there's nothing left to burn… I've run out of words" sings Robert as the band finally breaks loose and rocks out across the tale, presumably, of a man - Robert Smith - approaching 40, the mid point of his life. He has no great insight for us, no great truth, just a declaration of running on empty. He's 40 now, of course, but the day he wrote '39' must have been as particularly bad one. It certainly sounds like a 'goodbye' .

If it was, then the closing 'Bloodflowers' itself is a more fitting finale - at least at the outset. Defiant, optimistic, forward looking; "this wave will never break…these flowers will never fade". Of course Robert attributes this world view to somebody else, before contradicting every single positive point he's just sung, this time as himself; "the time always comes to slip away…these flowers will always die."

Plain speaking or another great Smith/Cure hoax? With a world tour and the festival season stretching ahead of the Cure, we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime 'Bloodflowers' stands as a glorious, if contradcitory, body of work. It won't win new converts but lapsed Cure fans will find it a thrilling and rewarding hour. Just have those hankies ready by the end.

Andy Strickland

• THE CURE -ASTORIA, LONDON
• EXCLUSIVE: THE CURE LIVE ON DOTMUSIC
• THE CURE - THE VIC, CHICAGO
• CURE WEBCAST ROCKS LONDON

• Click here for more on The Cure


Join the The Cure mailing list
 
Shop for The Cure Printer friendly version Email this story to a friend Search for The Cure


dotmusic today:
 SINGLE REVIEWS
All Saints - 'Black Coffee' (London)
A1 - 'Take On Me' (Columbia)
Morel - 'True (The Faggot Is You)' (Hooj)
Sing Sing - 'Feels Like Summer' (Aerial)
Madonna - 'Music' (Maverick)
 ALBUM REVIEWS
Monaco - 'Monaco' (Papillon)
Major - 'My Mood' (Disco Volante)
Sigur Rós- 'Ágætis Byrjun' (FatCat)
Queens Of The Stone Age - 'Rated R' (Interscope)
Reef - 'Getaway' (S2)
 LIVE REVIEWS
The Bloodhound Gang - The Astoria, London
Mansun - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Supergrass - Concorde 2, Brighton
Sigur Rós - Belfast Empire
Tahiti 80 - The Camden Monarch, London
Oasis
 IN NEWS
Napster files appeal
The Day The 'Music' Died
Relax....on dotmusic
Kylie too sexy for TV
Wake-up with All Saints!
Underworld play holiday camp extravaganza
Win Leeds Festival Tickets
Gomez next up for live video chat and special acoustic performance
Posh school
Beatles bid for all time number one
 IN CHARTS
Top 75 Singles
Top 75 Albums
Top 20 2000
Indie Singles
Indie Albums
MORE
 IN ARTISTS
U2
Blur
Robbie Williams
Oasis
Spice Girls
MORE
 IN DANCE NEWS
Spiller's pedigree chum is number one
Ibiza goes Retro
Naked Music in Transit
That's neat, that's neat... I really love your Spiller feet
Groovejet singer doesn't groove
MORE
 IN DANCE REVIEWS
Rennie Pilgrem - 'Paranoia' (All Terrain Mix) (10 Kilo)
Mekon (Ft. Roxanne Shante) - 'What's going on?' (Wall Of Sound)
Artful Dodger - 'Re-Rewind' (ffrr/ Public Demand)
MOLOKO, JJB Arena, V2000, Chelmsford
Alex Gopher - 'You, My Baby and I' (V2/ Solid)
MORE
 IN COMMUNITY
Live Chat
Discussion Forums
Feedback
MORE
 SEARCH OUR SHOP

  UP HOME
Have you got a story for dotmusic? E-mail the newsdesk
HOME - NEWS - CHARTS - ARTISTS - REVIEWS - DANCE - SHOP
for music webmasters