197. All the Flowers Growing In Your Mother’s Eyes – The Throes
ALL THE FLOWERS GROWING IN YOUR MOTHER’S EYES (1990)
Even as I type this I have a nagging suspicion and conviction that the album deserves to be ranked higher on the list.
Born out of the Washington DC area, The Throes are/were an acoustic alternative rock band in the vein of The Smiths and REM. The comparisons are accurate and a compliment that even though there are obvious influences one never gets the sense the band set out to be a “cover” or copy band, but rather took these influences, combined them with the 1960’s vocal stylings present on the album to create something entirely The Throes.
The first non-thrash metal band to be signed to the experimental and aggressive REX label, The Throes met instant critical success, though limited distribution and marketing left them out of the top alternative bands in the scene at the time. Their following was loyal and rabid though, and many of their biggest fans were other bands who have constantly raved about how this album influenced them as new artists.Releasing a new album “every once in a while” didn’t help build the fan base much either.
The album features a freedom of expression that was seriously lacking from other bands on the “big labels.” Lyrically and musically this was not what one would consider mainstream CCM. Even the name of the album makes one go…huh? But don’t let that keep the reader from disovering this impressive band.
Fans of Jacob’s Trouble, 5 O’clock People, Daniel Amos and The Choir will find much to like here. Like those acts it can be quite difficult to review their albums as they are such holistic artists that taking one song here and there and discussing them does no justice to an album that must be listened to as a whole.
The band has not officially broken up though they haven’t released much music over the past decade and there have been rumors of a new album coming for quite some time.