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Flowers Of Romance (2011 - Remaster)

16 Jan 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 Jan 2012
  • Release Date: 13 Jan 2012
  • Label: Virgin Catalogue
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2012 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 47:40
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  • ASIN: B006VF1E9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,190 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Guy on 10 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic album - this is from when PIL were quite experimental and quite unlike their rock period of the mid-late 80's. When i was about 13 i was a huge fan of PIL's rock period ('Album', 'Happy' etc) and bought both 'Flowers Of Romance' and 'Metal Box' on the strength of what i had heard - lets just say that i was quite scared and freaked out by these 2 albums! However, over the next couple of years and after repeated listenings i came to love them. In particular, 'Flowers Of Romance' is something very special and owes a lot to the percussive efforts of Martin Atkins - as Metal Box owed a lot ot Jah Wobble's basslines. It feels quite abrasive, even by todays standards, but shows just how different PIL were at the time - which other reletively mainstream (supposedly) band was doing this back then? Well worth a listen and many repeated listening after that.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
After schorching our minds with the fearful, terrific (I mean to use that word in two ways: both terror inducing and great) "Metal Box" album (aka "Second Edition"), Public Image Ltd underwent a period of change. Bassist Jah Wobble, whose bass work defined the mood of the first two albums, left and John Lydon and Keith Levene regrouped with drummer Martin Atkins and created "Flowers of Romance."
With Wobble gone the music took on a heavily drum reliant sound, Lydon continued to wail as he had done on the previous album whilst Levene's guitar work was hidden in the depths of the millitant beats. Whereas in "Metal Box" the dense sounds fused to create a nightmare soundscape, here the sound was distinctly minimalist, with Lydon's melancholic tinged lyrics providing a vein of angst for him to vocally exorcise.
The standout tracks on the album, for me at least, have to be "Four Enclosed Walls," "Flowers of Romance," "Under the House," "Banging the Door," and "Go Back." The other tracks are good, but those were the ones which lingered in my mind after listening to it.
The CD comes with three additional tracks, an instrumental version of "Flowers of Romance" and two b-sides dating from the time and mood of "Metal Box": "Home is Where the Heart is", complete with Dub-reggae style production, funky bass and vitrolic lyrics, whilst "Another" adds Lydon's haunting, wailing vocals to the "Metal Box" instrumental track "Graveyard".
All in all it is worth listening to, though some may argue that it is a let down after the brilliance of "Metal Box", simply because it sounds like nothing else PIL ever did.
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By John F on 22 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1981 the experimental, drum dominated 'Flowers of Romance' makes it's pedecessor 'Metal Box' sound almost like conventional rock. Highlights are the Jihad themed 'Four Enclosed Walls', the bleak take on sex that is 'Track 8' and the gloriously funereal 'Phenagen'.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
The bass player left and the bottom end dropped off somewhere on beachyhead then this became something of a soliloquy. A big feverent banging of drums, keeping the whole edifice shuddering together. Without the beat battering the whole concoction would split at the seams. Lydon built layers of the surreal in compressed fragments as Atkins and Levene's basic hallucinogenic foundations grew taller. Finally drawing on Levene to structure the musical madness on the desk whilst he kept himself intact through a daily heroin insertion.

Drawing middle eastern mystical melodies with found objects the whole thing is a glorious descent into a fevered nightmareworld where elements rise and fall in tempo with Martin Atkins banging the beat. It became the template for modern Swans who drew searing guitars on a thrash band primeval adrenaline drum blast.

It rubs shoulders with Pere Ubu's New Picnic Time for off kilter madness, The Pop Group's first and the Germanic experimenters for taking found elements and looping them into a structure.

This was the time when Lydon could bring anything to the table and it would be heard with delight. It was when he discovered structure he become less meaningful. Love Song and the collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa TimeZone aside the potency diminished with each Rise was a further descent.

This album needs to be heard in entirety, late night blasted in a car on earphones or out in the country. It is eerie, jagged, discordant and has an internal magnificence. Then it will at last create a dark picture of inner dreamworlds of claustrophobia when pounded into the ground.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By casio smith on 25 July 2010
Format: MP3 Download
last great album before the vertical decent to utter mediocrity, great art, one small quibble, 'Another' was released on the b side of 'memories' as in when wobble was in the band and i seem to remember before metal box, so i dont see why this should be included here (great track though).
Pil never made a half decent track after this, i can remember when the pathetic this is not a love song came out many people said to me hes back to making proper music, in reality it meant that metal box and flowers of romance was above their heads and only when he dumbed down to their level could they comprehend again.
So for those with taste in art buy metal box and flowers of romance, for those into haircuts and kareoke punk buy all the drivel afterwards.
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