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Floodland

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Floodland by Sisters Of Mercy

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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002H58
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Floodland' is an alternative rock classic, undoubtedly. Andrew Eldritch came back after a difficult three-year hiatus which included the "corrosion" of his band and the Sisterhood project (which was his way of preventing the bandmates from using a name that too closely resembled his Sisters Of Mercy; they later became The Mission UK). Left with a drum machine and new bass player, Patricia Morrison, Eldritch made what is probably their most popular and well-received album. 'Floodland' is a very well-produced work that mixes the pomp and bombast of 70s rock, and the Sisters' more familiar goth-alternative sound. To achieve this mix, Eldritch used Jim Steinman, of Meat Loaf fame, to produce the album. 'This Corrosion' roars on for nearly eleven minutes with a huge forty-piece choir, chugging synths and guitars, and a very upbeat dance rhythm. While the result does sound dated today, it is still an absolute production marvel. 'Lucretia My Reflection' is driven by a forceful, repetitive bassline that sounds doomy as their previous work, but still manages to stick in your head. There is even a sad piano ballad, in the form of '1959' to balance the album out.

This reissue of 'Floodland' only proves how well-produced the original album was. The remaster doesn't add a world of change to the old cd issue other than a slight volume boost and maybe a bit more low-end. The packaging is first-rate, however, with an attractive digipak and a booklet filled with pictures and an essay about the album, along with complete lyrics. The four bonus tracks (two of which were added to the original cd pressing of the album) are very welcome, especially the epic twelve-minute full-length of 'Neverland'.
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Goths can't rock, so the misconception goes - their musical abilities extend only as far as writing fey songs about damaged girls named Isabelle and Lucretia, with spidery, moaning guitars, cackling laughter and lots of cheeky echo effects. Well, Floodland has songs dedicated to both Isabelle and Lucretia (one even named after the latter), plenty of echo, and Andrew Eldritch even indulges in a cackle halfway through track four. And whenever the Sisters tour (which is increasingly rare these days), a gaggle of dodgy darklings always creep from their hiding places and graveyards to swoon to their concerts. You'd think, based on this, that this was yet another awful album from a subgenre best left to fade away in the distant mists of time.
Well, you'd be wrong. That awful album you're thinking of is probably something by Bauhaus. Floodland, on the other hand, is a very good album. By this point, Eldritch was left as the only member of The Sisters of Mercy, and in fact that helped him far more than not. Now it was down to him and a drum machine named Doktor Avalanche, by far the most awesome drum machine that ever laid down a funky beat, to carry on the Sisters name. Floodland is the first and best album that resulted from this earth-shaking collaboration.
The popular misconception goes on to posit that so-called "goth rock" is tortuously slow, dour, humourless stuff. And very few songs on Floodland run for less than five minutes. Calling them slow, however, is buffoonery incarnate, for practically the entire album booms with Doktor Avalanche's thunderous grooves, which invite even the most sedentary posteriors to get up and dance. Furthermore, Eldritch proves himself to be no slouch at guitar playing.
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I don't know where to begin but this album is just totally phenomenal. A friend of mine burned "Flood II" on a compilation of goth and industrial music for me, and I was completely taken away by Andrew Eldritch's haunting vocals. Andrew reminds me a lot of Ronny from Clan of Xymox, a recent discovery of mine. "Floodland" is definitely a must have goth album. The melancholic lyrics and gorgeous melodies is breathtaking. I was surprised how well this album holds up today, especially the production. The production on this album isn't overly produced, raw, and best of all doesn't sound dated. As far as the songs themselves goes, all the songs are classics. Of course I am quite partial to "Flood II". As much as I dislike Jim Steinman, he did a really excellent job with "This Corrosion". He managed to avoid having Andrew Eldritch sound like Meatloaf. And for a song that goes over ten minutes, I don't get bored listening to it. "1959" is a haunting ballad which always sends chills down my spine whenever I listen to it. I absolutely love the catchiness of "Lucretia My Reflection". I love the deep basslines in the song. The bonus tracks were awesome. Normally, bonus tracks on most albums are filler tracks but not in this case. This entire album is flawless. There isn't one song on this album I didn't like. I definitely rank "Floodland" as one of my personal favorite records of all time. This is what goth music should sound like.
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By Jimbo111 on November 18, 2006
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Floodland...there is only one! If you haven't heard it, if you haven't felt the power of Dominion/Mother Russia, or This Corrosion, where have you been! Floodland will rush in, powerful, unstoppable, "like a million voices", like a dumdum bullet. Experience from the masters a sound countless bands have tried to copy, but not even the Sisters could duplicate. If you like pure power, captivating rhythm, raw emotion, tune in, turn it up...loud, and hold on. I wish there were more Floodlands, more Corrosion, like the wind ripping through your hair, like blasting down a country road on your biggest, badest, loudest Harley, like "a healing hand" in the dark of the night, but no, there is only one Floodland...enter here!

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