237. Flowers in the Rain – Mad At The World
FLOWERS IN THE RAIN (1988)
Mad at The World
After the initial success of the debut album from MATW, the band followed up with “Flowers in the rain,” that, though still utilizing the keyboard synth sound of the debut, comes off a little more organic and rock driven with more of an emphasis on guitar. The album also featured superior songwriting and more diversity.
The first track, Fearfully and Wonderfully, sounds the most like the debut while the title track that follows uses electric guitar as the primary instruments and hints at a direction change that would dominate several of the following releases.
Lyrically the band here began to explore a common theme of reaching out to those on the fringe and disenfranchised. Self-image and the need to discover where true self-esteem comes from would dominate the messages on this album (and others as well).
“Why” deals with the above in a more questioning manner than some were comfortable with and I remember some bookstores questioning the songs ultimate message. Of course them missed the point is that the Church (and those that make up the Church) are as guilty of the sin of ridicule those who are different and causing the disenfranchising as the world is.
The album also separates itself from other MATW album with use of the acoustic piano and ballads. “No Mistakes” looks at the issue of abortion in a beautiful and haunting musical backdrop. “I Don’t Want To Go There” incorporates the acoustic guitar and Bowie-ish style that would come back toward the end of the MATW recording history.
The final track, “Dancing On Your Grave,” is more Undercover and Billy Idol than Depeche Mode and possibly one of the best songs in the MATW catalog. More aggressive vocally and heavier musically than anything else on the album, it clearly points to a musical direction that would be explored on the following releases. Ultimately it’s the diversity on the album that makes it suck a treasure and strong release.