Flowers Of Romance (CD)


Public Image Ltd.

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Amoeba Review

04/23/2013

Public Image Ltd. released an immortal masterwork in 1979, the avant-dub classic Metal Box. Lightning doesn’t strike twice, but while 1981’s follow-up isn’t perfect, within the confines of half an hour, Flowers of Romance comes awfully close. Of course, the missing element is bassist Jah Wobble, who was responsible for much of the LSD-stoked, skewed, world-beat brilliance of Metal Box. Without him, the group relies on Keith Levene’s angular guitar rattle, and a strangely muffled percussive attack. It’s difficult to wrap your head around it, but in its unique, low-tech esoterica, Flowers of Romance is even more avant-garde, queasy and creepy than Metal Box. Lydon would ditch Levene after this and go completely commercial, but in the course of two albums, he managed to liberate himself from the yoke of the Sex Pistols, and established Public Image Ltd. as the best band of the post-punk era.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Four Enclosed Walls
Public Image Ltd. 04:45
2.
Track 8
Public Image Ltd. 03:14
3.
Phenagen
Public Image Ltd. 02:40
4.
Flowers of Romance
Public Image Ltd. 02:51
5.
Under the House
Public Image Ltd. 04:32
6.
Hymie's Him
Public Image Ltd. 03:18
7.
Banging the Door
Public Image Ltd. 04:49
8.
Go Back
Public Image Ltd. 03:46
9.
Francis Massacre
Public Image Ltd. 03:32
10.
Flowers of Romance [instrumental]
Public Image Ltd. 02:51
11.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Public Image Ltd. 07:33
12.
Another
Public Image Ltd. 03:51

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