Rome
Flowers From Exile


4.0
excellent

Review

by Greg Viessman USER (44 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2010 | 21 replies | 10,233 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rome looks like they will never surrender.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Patience is something many music lovers need while waiting for their favorite artists to release new material. Some may take fifteen years to churn an album out, some only release things every five years or so, but when it comes to Jerome Reuters’ Rome, he seems to write songs and release new albums quicker than Jom, Dave, and Willie throw down the banhammer here. Starting in 2006 with Nera, Rome subsequently came out with four more albums in four years. Combining the deep spoken vocals of Jerome Reuter with a barrage of different folk elements was something that intrigued me almost two years ago with the release of Masse Mench Material. That album was pretty close to being the best album of 2008 and when I heard about Flowers From Exile, obviously I was excited. Although this doesn’t match the initial brilliance of Masse, Jerome was able to craft a dozen good tracks to show that it is possible to churn out fresh records every year.

The first thing someone who has listened to Rome before can notice on here is that the entire record feels different from any of its predecessors. The band (which consists of Jerome and the engineer Patrick Damiani) makes sure that each record tells a completely different story than the previous and this is no different. While the backgrounds of the songs deal with the Spanish Civil War, there is an aura of every possible feeling that one can experience within oneself. “Odessa” is a story of love filled with desire and overindulgence but Jerome gives these qualities a sense of vulnerability that just works.
Not everything is just able to flow perfectly and work. Even though the intro track is a nice build up of flowing water and violin that leads into the second track, the other spoken interlude songs just do not do it for this reviewer. While they probably tell the story that the album wants to portray (English is just one of four languages sung/spoken), the interludes stop the momentum that the album was running on the entire time. Thankfully though there are only two tracks that incorporate these elements and honestly it doesn’t deteriorate enough from the overall quality of the album and are really just a nitpick.

As for the gems on the album, well they are placed throughout. “Odessa” was already mentioned earlier as being one the most vulnerable songs here. “The Secret Songs Of Europe” and “To Die Among Strangers” are perfect examples of the tribal like folk songs that Rome has in the repertoire; they are definitely the faster paced songs on here. “Flowers From Exile” and “Flight in Formation” are easily the best songs though. “Flowers” is one of those raw and emotional songs that just bring you in the first time listening to it. The feeling of hopelessness is present in the music and lyrics, but the execution is plain remarkable. The latter song goes all triumphant mode in its five and a half duration and brings the listener out of despair and hopelessness. Two songs that flow into another but sound completely different and portray emotions on the opposite sides of the spectrum is a fantastic way to end the album.

Flowers From Exile, despite the minimal flaws, is an excellent album. Some uninteresting sections of songs and the inability to really listen to this beginning to end without being in the right mood prevents a higher rating. That aside, the ability to find marvelous songs on here is a very easy task and it should give the listener an appreciation for the work Jerome and Patrick have done on the album.



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Poet
June 2nd 2010



5922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album's so goooood

Zizzer
June 2nd 2010



915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needed a review so thanks. I've always wondered whether my 4.5 rating is too high because I can't really put my finger on what I like about it, but every time I listen to it, a 4.5 it remains.

lobby
June 2nd 2010



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really needed a review. album is one of the best of 2009. they have a new album out, but it's no as good as this.

rasputin
June 2nd 2010



14538 Comments


you didn't mention neo-folk once in this review, i can't decide if that's a good or a bad thing

album is great

Meatplow
June 3rd 2010



5524 Comments


glad this finally got a review, the guys voice reminds me of a european Nick Cave



Dryden
June 3rd 2010



12928 Comments


listened to this a few days ago it was good

Zizzer
July 19th 2010



915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Legacy of Unrest is so good

lobby
July 19th 2010



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and it feels like spring again...

my fave song here as well

joshuatree
Emeritus
August 28th 2010



3743 Comments


holy shit this slays

Poet
August 28th 2010



5922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

duhh

joshuatree
Emeritus
August 28th 2010



3743 Comments


i mean i don't really get into neofolk but this is like everything i've wanted from a neofolk album

Meatplow
August 29th 2010



5524 Comments


can't sleep cause i've had Flight In Formation stuck in my head

majestic

lobby
January 11th 2011



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The lyrics to Odessa are so brilliant. Such a heartfelt song...

dr2den
January 11th 2011



1342 Comments


so good

illmitch
September 13th 2011



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking fantastic

lobby
September 14th 2011



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

upped to a 4.5 the other day. We Who Fell In Love With the Sea has been getting heavy rotation

illmitch
September 14th 2011



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah we who fell in love with the sea is phenomenal

EyesWideShut
October 27th 2011



3120 Comments


talk about some crisp production. just too sexy

lobby
October 27th 2011



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck yes, this album. they have a triple disc release coming out early November

Oathbreaker
October 27th 2011



1649 Comments


Rome rules, great band.



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