The Flowers of London – “The Trouble With England (Part 1)”(Album Review)
🔸 Finding this album from brand-newbies The Flowers of London came as a wonderful surprise for me. I knew from the get-go that “The Trouble With England” was right up my alley. And I wasn’t wrong! So let’s get deep into the Grumpy Woods and retreat with these guys into the world of prog to reflect on the dystopian nightmare of the world outside, shall we?
- Leigh Scratch Fenlon – Electric Violin
- Neasden Nev – Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Programming
- Rog Patterson – Electric 12-String Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
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“The Trouble With England – Part 1” (Album Review)
“And so, deep in Grumpy Woods, we take a wry look at the dystopian nightmare we are all now living through.”
🔸 I don’t know if there’s any trouble with England but I can tell guys you can’t go wrong with this album. It’s an amazing ongoing gem and music to my ears (pun intended!). I think it has something from everyone in the family. If you’re thinking of buying an album go and grab this one from Bandcamp. It won’t let you down!
🔸 The album starts strong with the rocker 1. One-Eyed Man and a very compelling melody in the best David Bowie’s tradition. A powerful calling card. This track has a great Brit flavour and it’s elegant and charming. A killer track perfect for a single and for playing at large venues!
“Away from corporations sucking the pennies from our pockets and the politicians who lie to our faces, smirking at our gullibility.”
🔸 We sail into uncharted waters on 2. Torquemada & The Familiars. Starts eerie and mysterious and stands apart from the opener. Sometimes moody, sometimes aggressive (in a Galahad way) sports a 70s Genesis instrumental moment that gives way to a 60s pop passage. Then, power and energy take over and drive the song to its end. A masterpiece!
“The bishops in their finery peering at us from a lofty height, hands held out in judgement ‘for a small consideration, your sins will be forgiven.'”
🔸 3. Crazy Day has a minimalistic orientation and a simple but enjoyable melody. A dark, straight pop-rock track, 4. On The Run has a nostalgic 80s British flavour all over it. Keyboards add a nice touch to the song.
“Our worth measured in trinkets, whilst the disaffected, the lonely and the poor appeal for mercy.”
🔸 5. Roundabout keeps the moody feeling ongoing on this short track with an attractive melody and sad keyboards. 6. Did You Really Have To Do It? takes us into the Grumpy Woods and the psych/prog world of The Flowers of London. The first part reminds me of Genesis when Hackett was still on the band. Love this track! The longest and proggiest in the lot! And the second part is pure Floydian psychedelia.
“The acquisition of wealth poisons everything.”
🔸 7. When We Were Young is a psych-pop track with a catchy melody and a Bowie feeling on a Mike Oldfield-like background. We’re back to prog with 8. Varying Degrees of Solid, a composition in the 70s Genesis style, with some rocking guitars. And we get to the end with a festive piece called 9. In Days Yet To Come, a sort of fishermen’s song for all the merry folks in the tavern to sing along!
- Source: The Flowers of London
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