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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00005BCD9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. King Of Kings
2. Supermellow Man
3. Hide & Seek
4. Make Me Shine
5. It's Alright
6. Buried Alive
7. Flowers
8. Everybody Knows
9. Life Goes On
10. An Eternity Turns
11. Burn For Me

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ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN Flowers (2001 UK 11-track CD album continuing triumphant Echo and The Bunnymens rise from the ashes since Evergreen in 1997 includes the single Its Alright - picture sleeve COOKCD208)

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Flowers is the third creditable instalment of Echo and The Bunnymen's second honeymoon period and finds the stylish, duopolistic musical nucleus of Ian McCulloch's vocal somnolence and the Eastern guitar mystique of Will Sergeant newly augmented by the work of bassist Alex Gleave, drummer Vinny Jamieson and keyboard player Ceri James. Subtle psychedelic touches of theremin, organ and backwards guitar pursue the colourisation of a few monochromic areas but, for the most part, Flowers is less the work of a new broom and more the affirmation of the Bunnymen's vintage vibe. Therefore, the opening "King of Kings" (think The Doors' "When The Music's Over") wouldn't sound out of sorts on Ocean Rain while the pronounced garage pop of "Make Me Shine" and "Life Goes On" both build on past endeavours with a newly insistent, radiant vitality. The album's centrepiece--the careworn, love-scarred lamentation of the title track--exudes hard-earned maturity. And maturity is beginning to suit Echo and The Bunnymen very well indeed. --Kevin Maidment

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Mann VINE VOICE on 24 July 2004
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In the 80s Echo and the Bunnymen released a series of acclaimed albums then split. They got back together in the 90s making three further albums, the last of which is this one, Flowers (released in 2001), the other two being Evergreen (1997) and What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? (1998). There seem to be a variety of views about how good these later albums are. Some people say they are as good as the 80s albums, some say they aren't. I now think this approach is fundamentally flawed.
The problem is that people are starting from the view that the 80s albums were great, so can these albums be as good? My suggestion is, forget the 80s Echo and the Bunnymen; they have little to do with later Echo and the Bunnymen. Instead think Coldplay or Snow Patrol: the more recent Echo and the Bunnymen have a different sound, it doesn't help to listen to these albums with 80s Bunnymen in your head, it would be better to imagine that the Bunnymen now occupy similar musical territory to Coldplay and Snow Patrol and set your expectations in that direction.
I'm not knocking groups like the 80s Bunnymen, the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees, they were great and made some fine tunes, but don't buy this CD and start thinking "is this as good as Ocean Rain?" because it just isn't the same. It would be like someone who liked early Beatles picking up Sergeant Pepper and thinking "have we got anything as good as 'Hard Day's Night' on here?" If you are going to buy this CD, expect it to sound more like Coldplay and Snow Patrol than anything from the 80s and you will find it easier to enjoy the music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2001
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I'm glad that I sat on posting a review for a few weeks and let this record grow on me. Initially, I thought that it was good but certainly not vintage Bunnies. However, upon a few listenings this latest offering from McCulloch and Sergeant is definitely one of their finest - and stands up well against Crocodiles, Ocean Rain, and Porcupine (but probably not Heaven ...). Great collection of superbly crafted songs, brillantly executed. Just put this alongside U2's latest offering and I think that you'll know (if you have a sane bone in your body) which band has aged more elegantly and creatively. Just give this record a few plays and you'll know exactly what I mean !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 May 2001
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If you've never bought flowers before nows the time. Flowers is the third and without doubt best instalment of the glorious return Of Echo & The Bunnymen, here is the big sister of Ocean Rain, from it's opening track King Of Kings through the gorgeous title track Flowers were Mac flexes his vocal muscles then building to the creshendo that is An Eternity Turns ending with the trademark haunting ballad in this case Burn For Me It's a stroll through the phsycedelic garden in the minds eye of messers Will Sergeant and Ian McCulloch the only down point being the wait for the next installment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ReviewWithaView VINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2001
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This is a fine outing from the bunnymen. The album is high quality from beginning to the end. Although there are no individual tracks that are life changing the overall standard is consistently high. The album appears to have been released with zero marketing amazing as it is the best album they have released since Ocean Rain. Great stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 May 2001
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Okay so to expect the raw edged kick of 'Crocodiles' or the dramatic, orchestral beauty of 'Ocean Rain' would be unrealistic after all this time, but 'Flowers' does represent a return to a mood which befits all that is great in Bunnymen tradition. After the somewhat sickening sentimentality of its' predecessor, 1999's 'What Are You Going to do With Your Life', the lyrics on 'Flowers' are of the more subtly mystifying nature that set McCullough apart from so many of his contemporaries during the 80's. An altogether deeper, more powerful sound also exists here, suggesting that Will Sergeant had a far greater input this time around. At least the equal of their eponymous 1987 album and way better than the two since, honour is satisfied and credibility fully restored.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Swish on 21 April 2007
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After the magnificent 'What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?', 'Flowers' is a real let down. It sounds like the weaker sections of 'Evergreen', or like a diet version of 'What Are You Going To Do...'. There are some good moments, though. 'Buried Alive' has a good, nagging riff, whilst 'Hide And Seek' sounds very psychedelic. But nothing can really save this from the 'dust' pile in my CD collection.
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By A Customer on 16 May 2001
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Bands come and go, and if they do stick around more than a few years, their quality control often goes to rack and ruin. Never so with the Bunnymen. Their style might mutate along the journey, players may come and go, but the end product is always top notch and often truly magical. Ian McCulloch has gone back to basics here - back to the style of the Crocodiles debut album from 21 years ago. Yes, the return of traditional guitar rock but with an extra quality that comes with God given inspiration. Songs that exhibit the quality of an experienced player, equipped with the soul of musical insight. The two previous Bunnymen albums since their re-birth in 1997 went down the route of string drenched melodies that could be interpreted as a band in their twilight years, but there is rockier life in these old dogs yet and this is the sound of a rejuvenated band. Will Sergeant is here too (the only other surviving Bunnymen present from the original line-up), but the duo has admitted three more young pretenders to the fold. What could have been an age clash is replaced with affirmation that true tunes are blessed with no generation gap. A feel of jamming musicians is here, both with a rough edge, and a manicured style too. The Cutter and The Killing Moon are not present, nor are the more recent Rust or sublime Nothing Lasts Forever, but those have been done already. McCulloch may have gone back to his roots, but would never regurgitate what he has done before. With so many new ideas jingling in his mind waiting to be explored, what would be the point of visiting the past? The band has staying power, beautifully portrayed in this album. Echoes maybe of Bunnymen past, but unlike so many current hot shots, these Flowers are well nurtured, fresh, organic and won't wilt.
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