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CD Review: Flowers in Flames

Everything and Nothing (Zorch Factory)

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This import-only EP, the second release from local alt-rock veterans Flowers in Flames, cracked the European Alternative charts when it come out at the end of last year. It's easy to hear why it would connect with a Euro fanbase. With its prickly guitars and androgynous vocals, EP opener "Chameleon" recalls Brit acts such as The Cure and Wire.  The song has a good, Gothic chorus, too, as keyboardist Cynthia Dimitroff and guitarist David Chavez sound a bit like Siouxsie Sioux and Peter Murphy harmonizing. The woozy "Daylight" is even more retro sounding and evokes Marianne Faithfull while "Without Pity" starts as a pretty piano ballad before turning into a snarling punk rock tune. Though released on a Paris-based label as an import, the album is available through all the usual digital outlets. — Jeff Niesel

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