Flowers - Echo & the Bunnymen
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  • Summary: This is the third album from the group since founding members Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant reunited in 1997.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. With Flowers, Ian McCulloch finally finds the proper musical vehicle for the older-but-wiser (but not that much wiser) persona he's been trying on for the last few years.
  2. While the album is rooted in chiming and growling guitar licks, the dense layers of each song are revealed only through multiple listens. [Jul 2001, p.66]
  3. Because Flowers doesn't maintain the urgency of Echo and the Bunnymen's early records, it's not the place to begin any investigation into their trippy delights. But for us old-timers who remember reading NME before the editorial policy changed to shameless oh-so ironic hyping of teen pop acts, Flowers stands as a gorgeous bouquet of memories.
  4. It's hardly 'The Cutter', but it can just about handle the mustard.
  5. Stealing the riff from Sweet Jane wholesale as the basis of a song would seem to speak of a band who aren't exactly pushing the envelope or alive to the possibility of change. [Aug 2001, p.128]
  6. All in all, 'Flowers' is simply too nice to be up there with the Bunnymen's finest work, but a worthy record, if only for the few great tracks you will find within.
  7. 30
    One jaded plod after another. [June 2001, p.155]

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1