Yes, that really does sum up this cd in one go really. This isn't your run-of-the-mill cd, this one has a style that belongs to FLA alone which sets it apart from the rest, making it much more original and varied than most modern music. Definitely worth getting, just because it's so different. However, just because it's not the same as everything else doesn't mean it's not good - oh no, far from it. It has a really dark atmos and, despite being loud and nasty, definitely has a very coherent sound. If you've never heard FLA before, this is a good place to start.
Three things immediately spring out at you when you put this album by Canadian pioneers FLA on, firstly where are the guitars (provided on the previous album by one Devin Townsend), the second being that the tracks could do with some serious editing (all being over 6-and-a half minutes without really going anywhere) and thirdly that it sounds quite different from what fans of their usual industrial sound will be expecting. Part of the reason for this is probably down to the departure of Fear Factory collaborator Rhys Fulber, with Chris Petterson linking up with mainman Bill Leeb. Fla(vour) has a lot more in common with acts like The Chemical Brothers, "Twitch" era Ministry or Prodigy, rather than the more usual Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails or KMFDM, with the music featuring more elements of trance, techno and soundtrack music than the metal guitars and hiphop drums of before. Vocally it is lacking much in the way of traditional song structures with only "Comatose" - which starts with a note-perfect rip-off of Prodigy's "Voodoo People" - and the slight (very) New Order chorus of "Life = Leben". Not the greatest work in the FLA catologue then but the guitars and Fulber would eventually return, but if you're open-minded enough to appreciate both RevCo and Cabaret Voltaire you should find something to enjoy on this record.
Since this was FLA's first release since the departure of Rhys Fulber, I'm sure I was not the only person who was curious to see how it turned out. At first I was disappointed, as FLAvour of the Weak with its breakbeat drum loops and slight drum and bass sound was definitely not like any FLA album that had come before, but there was something there that made me have another listen. And then another.
FLAvour of the Weak grew on me.
It's fair to say that this is now possibly my favourite FLA album, even if it's utterly different from their earlier (and subsequent) releases. Although people should bear in mind it's not "classic" FLA in the vein of Tactical Neural Implant or Hard Wired, it's definitely worth a listen.