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Bloodflowers is the eleventh studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in February 2000.

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Studio album by
Released15 February 2000
Recorded1998–1999 at St Catherines Court, Avon and RAK Studios, London, England
The Cure chronology
Greatest Hits

The album is seen as a sombre return to form by critics.[1]



Bloodflowers was released on 15 February 2000 by record label Fiction. No commercial singles were released from Bloodflowers, but two promotional singles were released to DJs and radio stations: "Out of This World", in January (Europe) and May (U.S.), and "Maybe Someday", in January (U.S.) and April (Europe). It was a moderate success, debuting at number 16 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2001.

Live performancesEdit

In 2002, the band performed Pornography, Disintegration, and Bloodflowers in their entirety to a Berlin audience, and released the recording on DVD in 2003, titled The Cure: Trilogy.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
Chicago Sun-Times    [4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
The Guardian     [6]
Los Angeles Times    [7]
Q     [9]
Rolling Stone     [10]
Uncut     [11]

Bloodflowers received a generally favourable response from critics. Entertainment Weekly called it "one of the band's most affecting works".[5] A less favourable review came from Trouser Press, which wrote "Bloodflowers feels like a forced recreation of the earlier gloomy classics. The album sounds completely uninspired, as Smith and company go through the motions of Cure-ness."[12]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by The Cure (Smith/Gallup/Bamonte/Cooper/O'Donnell).

1."Out of This World"6:44
2."Watching Me Fall"11:13
3."Where the Birds Always Sing"5:44
4."Maybe Someday"5:04
5."Coming Up" (only on vinyl and Australian, Japanese, Colombian CD editions)6:27
6."The Last Day of Summer"5:36
7."There Is No If..."3:44
8."The Loudest Sound"5:09

Other tracks recorded

  1. "Possession" – was released in the Join the Dots box set.
  2. "Just Say Yes" – original version released on the Greatest Hits Demos & Rarities Microsite in 2001; rerecorded version released on the Greatest Hits CD.
  3. "You're So Happy (You Could Kill Me)!" – cover version with different music circulates P2P networks.
  4. "Heavy World" – instrumental on "Lost Flowers" demo; speculated to be released on the Bloodflowers reissue.
  5. "Everything Forever" – instrumental on the "Lost Flowers" demo; speculated to be on the Bloodflowers reissue.


The Cure


  • Paul Corkett – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Robert Smith – producer, mixing
  • Sacha Jankovich – engineer
  • Ian Cooper – mastering
  • Daryl Bamonte – project coordinator
  • Perry Bamonte – photography
  • Paul Cox – photography
  • Alex Smith – photography
  • Alexis Yraola – logo


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2000 The Billboard 200 16
Top Internet Albums 2

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2000 "Maybe Someday" Modern Rock Tracks 10


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[14] none 98,300 [13]*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[15] Gold 25,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] none 285,000[16]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Long, April (8 February 2000). "The Cure – Bloodflowers". NME. Archived from the original on 16 August 2000. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Reviews for Bloodflowers by The Cure". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Bloodflowers – The Cure". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  4. ^ Wisser, Jeff (12 March 2000). "The Cure, 'Bloodflowers' (Fiction/Elektra)". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 18 November 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b Schinder, Scott (18 February 2000). "Bloodflowers". Entertainment Weekly: 86. Archived from the original on 1 April 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  6. ^ Simpson, Dave (18 February 2000). "The Cure: Bloodflowers (Fiction)". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Hochman, Steve (12 February 2000). "The Cure, 'Bloodflowers,' Elektra/Fiction". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  8. ^ Ott, Chris (15 February 2000). "The Cure: Bloodflowers". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  9. ^ Kane, Peter (March 2000). "Winding Down". Q (162): 102. Archived from the original on 21 November 2000. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  10. ^ Berger, Arion (2 March 2000). "Bloodflowers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  11. ^ Dalton, Stephen (March 2000). "Prophet of Bloom". Uncut (34): 78.
  12. ^ Grant, Steven; Robbins, Ira; Reno, Brad. " :: Cure". Retrieved July 7, 2016.
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  14. ^ "French album certifications – The cure – The Cure" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  15. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (The cure; 'The Cure')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  16. ^
  17. ^ "American album certifications – The cure – The Cure". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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