ALBUM REVIEW: When Morrissey meets La Roux!

Flowers' debut album ANL-150318-094543001
Flowers' debut album ANL-150318-094543001

Flowers

Do a What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do

Out Now

Think of Morrissey, but female and with a higher pitch. Cross that sound with La Roux, but with jangly indie guitars rather than keyboards. Then you’ll get some idea of what this splendid debut album sounds like.

Rachel’s voice soars above the music so there’s almost two things going on – you could almost listen to either on its own

London trio Flowers have made a gentle, delicate album of sparse beauty but strong at the same time. Terrific three minute indie pop songs.

Singer Rachel Kennedy has a pop voice as good as 
anything out there at the moment, Sam Ayres has a lovely Johnny Marr-type quality on guitar and Jordan Hockley steers everything with assured drumming.

And like The Smiths Rachel’s voice soars above the music so there’s almost two things going on – you could almost listen to either on its own.

And it’s all produced by ex-Suede man Bernard Butler, the perfect musician to project this melodic, minimalist pop to the public.

Highlights are opening track Young, the simply beautiful Drag Me Down, the perfect pop song that is Lonely, and the stark, mesmeric Stuck, which is just Rachel and her bass guitar.

I would be amazed if we don’t hear a lot more from this band.

By Jeremy Ransome – 8.5/10