Trilogy is Complete
wasn't turning into a 200-foot-high monster and saving the
cartoon town of South Park from Barbara Streisand, Robert
Smith has spent the last two years preparing himself and the
rest of The Cure for the launch of what will surely become
a milestone album.
pencilled in as a Spring 1999 release, Bloodflowers
has been ready and waiting for the past six months, but we
have had to wait until the end of the Y2K frenzy for their
latest offering to hit the shops.
on the back of a host of cracking festival gigs and recorded
at several studios in the south of England, Bloodflowers
is well worth the wait, taking full advantage of hi-tech equipment
and creating a nine-track album that must rank as one of their
strongest. Smith's vocals aren't the strongest that the music
industry has ever come across, but musically this album is
a gem that has plenty of opportunity to shine in this collection
of new songs that reach as long as 11 minutes in length.
Of This World" is a stormingly mellow opener, moodily
examining the depressing structure of real lives, while the
mammoth "Watching Me Fall" follows on and makes
you realise that "Bloodflowers" is indeed something
the title track and "39" aside, this is a tight
new release from The Cure and while it's difficult to see
where any hit singles are going to come from, the album is
a credit to their realism and creativity.