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Editors’ Notes

The Sisters of Mercy were a volatile group during the best of times, but singer Andrew Eldritch also had a drive to keep his future intact. While the earlier works of the group were often loud and abrasive, for the follow-up to their brilliant debut album, First and Last and Always, Eldritch hired Meat Loaf producer Jim Steinman to bulk up and smooth over the production on two songs and used producer Larry Alexander and a ton of keyboards to make up for any lost members. The Gun Club’s Patricia Morrison was seen as a perfect foil. Where Eldritch had formerly disparaged any notion that his group was ‘Goth,” with Floodland, he calmly accepted his fate and delivered the kind of dark and foreboding material his audience craved. From the opening “Medley” through tunes such as “Flood 1,” “Flood II,” “Lucretia My Reflection” and the epic “This Corrosion,” the Sisters of Mercy became the leaders in a genre that had few contenders.

Customer Reviews

BEST.ALBUM.EVER.

FLOODLAND is not only the best "goth" album, the best album ever.
the band has not disbanded as it is stated here on iTunes, the Band is only Andrew now.
SoM tours about every 2 years the last being the Oceans to Oceans Tour in 2008.

Yes, the BEST ever

I agree with the other reviewer– this is possibly the best album of modern music...ever, certainly the best Sisters recording, (with Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express and Bowie's Eno recordings as close contenders).

This album is essentialy THE standard by which I measure all other music made since. Besides the extrodinary music itself, the production and the instrumentation is astounding. The lyrics are SO profound, I am finding new meaning in them even today.

This Corrossion is the obvious apex of the album, but Flood II is it's full realization– as close to perfect as one can get in music, in my humble opinion. But I have to disagree with the other reviewer, this isn't simply "goth". This record goes way beyond the somewhat peripheral world of goth, into dare I say, Art.

Truly, a masterpiece (I measure my words carfefuly, believe me. I don't throw that M word around very often.) I only with Eldritch would get into the studio and make more like these.

I guess what I am trying to say is, get it.

PS: For the Sisters enthusiasts, it is noteworthy to mention Never Land, the full version, is *finally* on this re-release.

The most complete album by the Sisters

This album is the most complete Sisters record, and the most consistent. Saying it is the best is a bit difficult, because for the rock and roll guy there's no "Ribbons" here; fans of the post-1996 Sisters live shows may be shocked at what they hear on the record, which is atmospheric and detailed rather than loud and distorted.

Flood II is indeed a highlight; it is the song that sold me on the band in the first place.

The "remastered" version includes the "Emma" cover and "Never Land", which is funny considering that the band was lobbying for years to get "Torch" and "Colours" taken off the album (they were not intended to be on it. Never Land (A Fragment) -was- the full version of Never Land, so I'm far from sure what a "full version" is supposed to be. Some other recorded material from the Floodland recording sessions that Warner had a hold of, I guess.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Leeds, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of England's leading goth bands of the 1980s, the Sisters of Mercy play a slow, gloomy, ponderous hybrid of metal and psychedelia, often incorporating dance beats; the one constant in the band's career has been deep-voiced singer Andrew Eldritch. (There is some disagreement as to whether the group took its name from an order of Catholic nuns or from the Leonard Cohen song of the same name.) Eldritch originally formed the band in 1980 with guitarist Gary Marx and recorded its first single with...
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