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Friday, 10 September 2010

Forgotten Album Friday #12 - Hothouse Flowers Songs From The Rain

This is an album that I am amazed is not regarded as a classic. I think that the Hothouse Flowers suffered from never quite being one thing or the other, not a folk rock band, not a stadium rock band and not quite a band with an underground following like, say, World Party.

This is the third album from the band and was released in 1993 by which time the band were struggling to make any sort of impact and the slightly curious choice of Stewart Levine as Producer (Commodores, Simply Red) made you wonder where on earth they were headed....fear not though as the band produced a set of brilliantly produced, well crafted songs with a beautiful sound which mixed celtic themes with an atmospheric background.

Comparison with U2 and Waterboys cannot of course be avoided but I think this album in particular sees the band creating a sound of their own.

The key tracks are:

This is It (your soul) - one of my all time favourites
An Emotional Time
Thing Of beauty
Isn't It Amazing
Stand Beside Me

There is not a bad track on this album.....seek it out you will not be dissapointed.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see the feature back, you should add a tab to collect them together. Remember seeing them for the first time in our uni days around the time the appeared on the Eurovision Song Contest Show (not in the contest itself!). Great album & great band.