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Album Review

London Records reportedly put this retrospective album together without involving anyone from Hothouse Flowers. That undoubtedly explains the rather bizarre track selection and the almost insulting emphasis on the band's first two albums. The 14-track compilation features more than half of People (1988) and more than a third of Home (1990). But there are only three tracks from the group's second pair of albums. It's not surprising that the producers were not as keen on the 1998 comeback attempt, Born, a U2-esque modern rock record that constituted a major stylistic departure for the band. It sold poorly in the U.K. and is the only Hothouse Flowers album that has never been released in the States. But it is harder to understand why "This Is It (Your Soul)" is the only representative of the fine 1993 effort Songs From the Rain. Several singles from that record ("An Emotional Time," "Isn't It Amazing," "One Tongue") are completely ignored here in favor of earlier album tracks, giving The Best of a monochromatic feel that is unusual for a retrospective. That said, the compilation does include several indisputable Hothouse Flowers classics and only one song (the title track from Home) is completely undeserving of inclusion. It's not really fair to call this The Best of, but it certainly captures the free-spirited, open-hearted, soul-inflected folk-rock sound of the early days.

Customer Reviews

80% of thier best.

As the reviewer said, this is a nice collection, but missing some great songs. Once correction in the review, he said THIS IS IT is the only song from RAIN album. Not true... ONE TOUNGE is also on there. Check out thier newer album they released in 2004. Some good stuff.

Best Of

If you're not hip to the flowers, then it's your loss! I've seen these guys since day 1. Think U2 with a TRUE conscience.....They have Soul, Power and a Conscience...Any album by them is a "very good album", not just a "Best Of" - HHF could have chosen the stardom road as U2 did, but you know what, they didn't, and their music proves why.....Just listen!

Correction Part 2

A correction to both the Reviewer and Chopper: three songs from Songs From the Rain are featured (This Is It [Your Soul], One Tongue, AND An Emotional Time).


Formed: 1984 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Pop

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

Ireland's Hothouse Flowers made a name for itself during the late '80s and early '90s with a passionate, bombastic fusion of rock & roll with the rootsy sounds of Irish folk and American gospel. The group was founded as a Dublin street-performance act called the Incomparable Benzini Brothers by schoolmates Liam O'Maonlai (vocals, keyboards) and Fiachna O'Broainain (guitar), the former of whom had played in My Bloody Valentine forerunner Congress. After winning the Street Entertainers of the Year...
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