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Best MATW album

With all of their musical changes, from album to album, Mad at the World made an excellent album with Flowers in the Rain. Adding much more guitar to their earlier synth-heavy wave sound, MATW created a sound of their own, that they would soon abandon along with their keyboards. Roger Rose's vocals are top-notch 80s-- for me, he stands with the top wave vocalists of the day (Midge Ure, Morrissey, David Gahan).

More guitar, less keyboard.

Striving to keep the momentum and adapting to experience after their botched 1987 C-Stone computerized performance (their floppy disks were damaged from the fairground heat, forcing them to pare down to guitar and electronic drums completely), MATW made a more guitar driven album this time around than their techno-pop debut which was a reflection of 80's popular new wave. While the sound is more goth, there are still some guitar-less direct Depeche Mode references (No Mistakes, This Lie, In My Dream) that conjure up the keyboard driven wizardry of Fletcher, Gore and Wilder en Music For The Masses. While not creative, it's attempt at reaching their audience is technically impressive; a feat not easily accomplished.

Roger Rose still has the redundant faux British accent absent even in the Gahan/Gore camp, but this outing actually turned out pretty fresh, if not a tad contrived. More of a nostalgic trip for older fans.


While many were focusing on the masculinity of the guitars, or the femininity of keyboards, my friends and I were astonished how these guys at one time were able to take the gothic theatrics, turn them into blends of new-romantic dark-wave inspired pop, as well as create melodic avant-garde rock masterpieces, just as good as Depeche Mode, The Cult, Ultravox, Visage and so on. The fact that this was a Christian band, made it so bizarre, yet fit perfectly into what they were doing.
Many bands can make Beatles-esque inspired rock, wannabe Queensryche, prog-influenced, or cheese-soaked erasure and Depeche Mode. BUT if this band was never labeled Christian, got SIGNED to a MAJOR LABEL, and stuck with improving their synth skills, which were already amazing at the time, they could have possibly surpassed Depeche Mode. Depeche Mode is great, but they are over-hyped, now that all the buttrockers can say, Oh man we loved Depeche back in the day, when everybody knows that Depeche was considered FA* Music by many 80's metal-heads at that time. That is fact sorry. The vocals, the chorus, the hooks, the instrumentation, on MATW's FIRST 3 records could have been easily labeled "Perfect Pop, Rock & Alternative records". Unfortunately, because of religion, may people would not give this band a chance, and the small promotion from Frontline Records WHO ? At least, they were smart enough to try their hardest to market one of Christian Rock's most under-appreciated bands. That's mine and about 30 other real former wavers and goths who know what were talking about's opinion.

Flowers In The Rain, Mad At The World
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