I must say, after hearing Wild Mood Swings
I thought The Cure were dead and buried, and wasn't expecting them to come back.
So the pre-release news about Bloodflowers
confused me - that it was the third part of a now-trilogy, along with Pornography
. Great I thought ... if they can pull it off. But then I thought they'd alienate a good portion of their post-Disintegration
fanbase, those who'd grown up with Wish
and Wild Mood Swings
- the britpop generation.
Upon hearing the album, "Out Of This World" hardly impresses, its atmospherics ruined by poor production, a lack of detail, the absence of the layering of instrumentation that had made the sound and feel of Distintegration
so rich, and the lack of simplicity that characterised Pornography
. Robert Smith himself invited such comparisions by drawing them in the first place, pre-release.
Second tune, "Watching Me Fall" continues the album's almost complete lack of inviting melody - the guitars are swamped and indistinct, the vocals a mere tuneless dirge, the lyrics somewhow lacking any genuine conviction. As if the entire album is a mere exercise in winning the group more arty fans, to restore lost credibility after the mediocre Wild Mood Swings
It doesn't work - so, what is this album even? It sounds like a rock/grunge band in slow motion, one with an unsuitable singer. I don't hold onto sacred cows, the history of The Cure is and should be irrelevant.
does contain a couple of highlights. Firstly, "The Last Day of Summer" is a song that sports a proper Cure introduction, with genuinely appropriate lost and mournful-sounding Robert Smith vocals. The sound of the track still doesn't convince though - the keyboards are mixed down, the guitars sound strangely indistinct, although the bass does work, due to being a classic Cure-type bassline.
by Reviewer: Adrian Denning
(blogging at Adrian's Album Reviews