Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland

Nope, Eldritch put out an awesome album! This is basically an Andrew Eldritch solo album, as the only official Sister other than him at the time was Patricia Morrison, whom he claims didn’t actually play on the album and was only hired for promotional appearances (yet another example of Andrew being such a considerate and kind individual).
Floodland’s sound is much more epic than the Sisters’ previous work; Eldritch even got Mr. Over-the-top himself, Jim Steinman (famous for writing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and songs for Meat Loaf) to produce two tracks, and they’re some of the best on the album; “Dominion/Mother Russia” is an intriguing work of Cold War paranoia, and “This Corrosion” is simply epic, with a choir and lyrics which sound epic without making the least bit of sense. There’s some more typical Sisters gloominess on the two “Flood” tracks and “Lucretia My Reflection,” and even a piano ballad in “1959” and a semi-ambient song in “Driven Like the Snow.”
Even if you’re a vinyl freak, I recommend you get a CD version instead. That’s because the CD contains two bonus tracks. One of them, “Colors,” is a re-recording of a song from the album “Gift” by Eldritch’s side project, The Sisterhood, and it’s not that good. However, “Torch” is just a wonderful song, with this weird synth bassline that I couldn’t quite place. After listening to it a few times, it dawned on me that the bass synth was set to the same setting as the flute solo, but just played at a much deeper pitch. I love songs which use synths in unorthodox ways like that. This is definitely the place to start with the band.

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