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FLOWERMOUTH

No-Man

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.83 | 113 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars Flowermouth is the 2nd full-length studio album by UK experimental pop act No- Man. No-Man is a duo consisting of lead vocalist/ lyricist Tim Bowness and Porcupine Tree frontman and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson. Flowermouth features guest performances by prolific names such as Richard Barbieri, Chris Maitland, Mel Collins, Robert Fripp and Ben Coleman.

The music on the album is a kind of ambient experimental pop music. The atmosphere is warm and melancholic. All 9 tracks are quality compositions and even when the band flirts with dance music it actually sounds pretty great. This is a big improvement over their forgettable debut album Loveblows & Lovecries - A Confession (1993). The production is warm and detailed and help to give the songs life. Don´t expect this to sound anything like Porcupine Tree just because Steven Wilson is involved. His presence is strongly felt but No-Man is an entirely different beast.

The musicianship is strong on the album, but that´s no surprise if you´re familiar with the talents of Steven Wilson and the guest musicians that play on the album. I assume that most drums on the album are programmed as Chris Maitland only plays drums on a couple of tracks. I wouldn´t call Tim Bowness a very distinct sounding vocalist but his calm and melancholic sounding vocals suit the music well. The addition of especially the violin by Ben Coleman is really a great asset to the sound.

Flowermouth is a good album by No-Man and if I´m in the right mood I really enjoy it. A 3.5 star rating is deserved. It´s close to a 4 star rating though.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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