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Century Flower
Shelleyan Orphan
Century Flower
Genre: Alternative Rock
 
Reissue of the English alternative pop/ rock duo's secondalbum, originally released in 1989 & out of print in theU.S. for years. 10 tracks. Also features the original cover art. 1999 release.

      
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All Artists: Shelleyan Orphan
Title: Century Flower
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rough Trade
Release Date: 10/16/2007
Album Type: Import
Genre: Alternative Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Reissue of the English alternative pop/ rock duo's secondalbum, originally released in 1989 & out of print in theU.S. for years. 10 tracks. Also features the original cover art. 1999 release.

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Reviewed on 2/25/2008...
All the tracks are included, however, they are in a different order.

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Folk, Celtic and melodic rock blend to sublime effect.
D. Mok | Los Angeles, CA | 04/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Shelleyan Orphan's greatest weapon is lead singer Caroline Crawley, whose winning voice is tempered by Irish choir techniques (akin to early Dolores O'Riordan, but with much less of that annoying crack in her intonation) and lyrics rich with poeticism.Century Flower is the band's second album and probably its most folksy, but still infused with pop delights. Lead track "Shatter" makes violins and saxophones sound rocking, sexy and vibrant instead of conservative or subdued, "Tar Baby" has an enchanting atmosphere and a moody rhythm over Crawley's heartfelt singing, "Timeblind" has flawless harmonies between the divine Crawley and her partner Jemaur Tayle, restrained but charming, and "Summer Flies" marries its lyrical theme wonderfully with music that supports all the imagery.Get this one before it disappears into the "out of print" wastelands once again."
Chamber pop torch song beauty
Stinji | Northampton, MA USA | 04/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I had to chime in here, as the one Amazon review regarding this disc was quite clearly written by a non-fan. That's fine, but to pick the Corrs over Shelleyan Orphan is like picking Lou Barlow over Jerry Lee Lewis. I just don't see any connection. Look, when this record hit at the end of the 80's it was a beautiful bookend to an overlooked genre, which never even really got a name that I know of. It was the overspill from the Smiths/Cure fanbase that was looking for something even more romantic, saccharine and chambery. I guess Kate Bush would be the best alternative example. Unfortunately, Tori Amos took the torch, successfully at first, and promptly extinguished it in a unicorn's ass somewhere around 1995. The pretty, carefully crafted arrangements on the first Shelleyan Orphan record are romantic and bittersweet and yes, a little over the top. But if you're a fan of Antony & the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley or even (shudder) Bright Eyes, you'll be a fan of this record. Their tour with the Cure led to the relative popularity of their follow-up record, which was good, though something was lost (a little overproduced, for one thing). For my money, though, this is the record to go with. There. Buy it. Okay, I'll shut up now."