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The Flower Book
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
The Flower Book includes mystifying songs based on otherworldly themes such as "Alicia", which introduces a bizarre protagonist who is half flower, half woman. Each song is a story of its own with its own atmosphere, di... more »
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The Flower Book includes mystifying songs based on otherworldly themes such as "Alicia", which introduces a bizarre protagonist who is half flower, half woman. Each song is a story of its own with its own atmosphere, distinct from the previous one...from the ethereal "Opium", the lively up-tempo "Fluer De Saison" and "Dame De Lotus", to the more intimate "Le Vieil Amant".
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Silky Vocals Embraced by Magical Visions of Beauty
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 01/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Where is the sea?
I don't know why I was just looking for the sea
But the only thing I found were walls of desert
A desert around me"
Emilie Simon is a multidisciplinary artist who is as comfortable composing the soundtrack for a movie (La Marche de L'Empereur) as she is exploring her sweetly mysterious inner world in exquisite electronic playgrounds.
"Sound of the Storm" is a vibrant edgy introduction to a world of exciting metaphors. The breathy "In the Lake" has a magical softness like feathers falling on powdered silk. "To the Dancers in the Rain" is sweet with a lullaby quality and dreamy lyrics:
"If my words are not that clear,
I know my heart is understanding,
Every little kiss of you..."
Many of the songs are like wild roses winding their way up castle walls and others are flower petals floating in watery worlds with electronic raindrops splashing into warm reverberations. "Dame de Lotus" is intoxicating in its intrigue. "Fleur de Saison" enters like pop song and then reaches ecstatic moments in places, almost buzzing. "Le Vieil Amant" is like a secret conversation that begins in whispers and concludes in a melodious fusion of sounds slipping over each other in romantic perfection.
Silky vocals and poetic lyrics embrace a finely layered musical exploration in French and English. I first heard her voice in "Desert" on the Sunnyside Café Series and this album expands into a lush richly textured garden of blossoming otherworldly atmospheres.
The images Emilie Simon paints in poetry made me feel like I had met a kindred spirit who was somehow visiting a similar magical land I've seen in my dreams and written about in poems. It is almost unbelievable that anyone could create so many perfect songs on one album, but each track keeps blossoming in a poetic perfection. The Flower Book is exquisite and dreamy sweet with an intricate electronica edge.
"I believe in your smile everyday
But I know that you're far from my way
When I talk to the moon I can hear you
In the dark I can see, I can feel your light"
~The Rebecca Review
some1 | 03/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a COMPILATION - kinda "Greatest Hits", no regular album. Previously issued material only. If you intend to buy more ES albums, don't buy this one."
Mark Abagi | Melbourne | 08/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With percussion sounds ranging from a wooden box to a bowl of water, this album is guaranteed to excite as it skips across the many sub-genres of electronica. Emilie Simon sounds eccentric, beautiful and sometimes both at the same time. This album is candy for the open mind."