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3/10/2000  Buffalo News
A Haunting Bouquet

Robert Smith and The Cure have spent the past 20 years crafting songs of heartache and melancholy (only straying a few times with poppy numbers like "Friday I'm in Love"). Bloodflowers, the band's 13th studio effort, is a gray, somber masterwork. It concludes the anguised trilogy of 1982's "Pornography" and 1989's "Disintegration" (explaining why the opening track "Out of This World" so boldly recalls "Pictures of You" from "Disintegration").

The nine songs flow smoothly as a body of work, keeping the tormented mood with just enough subtle changes to move the record along. It's reflective material, filled with weariness and despair. "The world is neither fair nor unfair - the idea is just a way for us to understand," Smith sings in "Where the Birds Always Sing." "The Last Day of Summer" has an inexorable sadness mirrored in Smith's words, "Nothing I am, nothing I dream, nothing is new...the last day of summer never felt so cold." The majestic 11 minute epic "Watching Me Fall" is marked with intense brooding, its final four minutes wracked in the agony of a mournful guitar punctuating Smith's cry of "I'm watching me scream." Bloodflowers is a haunting bouqet for Cure fans.

- Toni Ruperto


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