Flowers of Evil

Ulver - Flowers of Evil
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #527 / 615
User Score
Based on 57 ratings
2020 Ratings: #882
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August 28, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
House of Mythology / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Its songs explore grief, hysteria, madness, vulnerability, and romance as inseparable and indelible aspects of the human spirt, resulting in a masterwork of the familiar and the disorienting.

80
Metal Hammer

Flowers Of Evil picks up where The Assassination Of Julius Caesar left off, layering eight songs with all manner of vintage accoutrements and titbits.

70
musicOMH

Ultimately, Flowers Of Hell finds Ulver at a point where they may be feeling the need to move and change once again.

70
Exclaim!

Ulver doesn't do anything to push the synthpop sound they pursue out of its comfort zone and this keeps the album from greatness, but Flowers of Evil stands out as the band's most accessible album to date.

68
Sputnikmusic

Flowers of Evil should represent an erasure of the false dichotomy of high art and base pleasures, but it feels like a middle ground strewn with the negative qualities of both, and will likely leave its audience in that chocolate-on-face state of feeling oversatiated and a little cheap.

65
Spectrum Culture
Stuck in a rare resting pattern, Norwegian shapeshifters Ulver offer up another slice of throwback synth pop as danceable as it is sinister.
60
Classic Rock

The concept of nature destroying man-made civilisation to a soundtrack of dark, danceable symphonics is chilling.

60
Kerrang!

It’s a fun, if not unusual listen, that ploughs deeper into the band’s flirtations with synth-pop and electronic experimentation.

21stcenturyschi
62
Ulver may not be one of my favorite bands at all, but I would go as far as to say that they are one of the most interesting and complicated groups of all time, and the reason for that is because they are constantly changing their style, very drastically too. I mean, it didn't take them long to switch from black metal to trip hop, and their latest major release in 2017 was goth inspired synth funk. While I don't think Flowers of Evil is a terrible Ulver record or anything, I just don't find this ... read more
NTTR
55
Ulver - Flowers of Evil

Genre: Art Rock
Country: Norway

Final Verdict: 55% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 535th / 718

Highlight: Machine Guns and Peacock Feathers

Made me think of:
David Sylvian
Donald Fagen
Marillion
lucacdornelles
76
The only Ulver albums I've heard are 'Bergtatt' and 'Perdition City', and I'm really not a fan. But I'm actually surprised with this new one. It sounds too much like Depeche Mode, so that's cool with me hahaha but yeah, someone who wants to hear something similar to that other albums will be disappointed. Take 'Flowers of Evil' as it is: just a synthpop album and you'll see that it is pretty good. And it's cold, distant, a bit painful, and still catchy and has a sense of power, I'm not sure how ... read more
Shivani006
77
Am I the only one who liked this??
kyotobynight
65
for some reason I feel that this will turn into a cult classic in the future. The production is nice, loved the instrumentals and the lyrics are interesting, but, I don't like the way they sang it, sounds janky sometimes (don't known if janky is the right word for it tbh haha)
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Track List

  1. One Last Dance
  2. Russian Doll
  3. Machine Guns and Peacock Feathers
  4. Hour of the Wolf
  5. Apocalypse 1993
  6. Little Boy
  7. Nostalgia
  8. A Thousand Cuts
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Added on: June 3, 2020