First of all, the album is called "The Botanic Verses," not "The Dotanio Verses."
The March Violets were part of the early-80s Leeds post-punk scene that also spawned Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Sisters of Mercy, the Three Johns, Gang of Four, and the Bolshoi. Anyone who enjoys those bands should also check out the Violets, who produced some of the best music in that scene.
This album is a great collection. Like their two previous albums "Natural History" and "Electric Shades," it's a "best of" album made up of tracks from EPs and singles, but unlike those two it spans their entire career, containing most of their best tracks, organized for first-time listeners (although the import version may be better mastered than the American release). The only glaring omission is their tracks from the Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack.
At the peak of their popularity, March Violets, like their compatriots, were a major part of the deathrock/goth scene, and they inspired many later bands (Children on Stun and Radiant Boys are named after Violets songs), but they differ from the most famous bands in that scene.
For one, the music is not just a rehash of the Sisters' sound. The Violets overcame the slow drone with driving basslines, snarling male vocals, and strong female vocals, recording everything from dance floor classics to screw-the-world manifestos and silly novelty songs.
Lyrically, the Violets were closer to the Lorries or the Three Johns than to the Sisters or any of their followers, combining political outrage and a sense of humor with the poetic romanticism that so many goth bands have come to rely on excessively.
Overall, this is a good introduction to an underrated band.