The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland (Remastered & Expanded) (2006)
The first Sisters album after the original dissolution of the band includes, among other things, choral singing, typically bombastic Jim Steinman productions (on "Dominion/Mother Russia" and "This Corrosion") and the first and last piano-and-vocals-only Sisters song ("1959", the piano programmed on synthesizer). While far from a concept album, Floodland still has many recurring themes and images.
Andrew Eldritch himself described Floodland as "a fine album". Despite Eldritch's rather insistent objections to the designation "goth", Floodland has been lauded by some press as a classic goth album; Alternative Press ranked it at number forty-three of the "Top 99 of '85 - '89" and included it in their list of "10 Essential Goth Albums".
The driving dance-floor hit "Lucretia My Reflection", with its repeating bassline, has become something of a nightclub staple, as has "This Corrosion", whose apparently nonsensical lyrics are alleged to be an attack on Wayne Hussey. The song was originally intended to appear on The Sisterhood album, in its entirety a stab against Hussey's troupe, but the exclusion left Eldritch with more time to refine it into the behemoth we get to hear. Eldritch said that "Lucretia .." was written for Morrison, who "always strikes me as a Lucretia-type person" .
Interestingly, "Never Land" uses the same drum pattern as Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks", which is about a flood.
It has been said that Floodland "explored new territory for the Sisters and redefined what people thought of as Gothic music" or that it "sent the gothic music genre spiralling away from the guitar-driven sound of the early-to-mid 1980s and inspired the next wave of synthesized goth bands such as London After Midnight and Switchblade Symphony".
It certainly extended the band's press outside that of the traditional British indie/gothic rock magazines: there was a review in noted pop magazine Smash Hits, which memorably described Eldritch's singing on the piano track 1959 as that of a goblin being sick in a bucket.
Floodland was reissued as a digipak in 2006 with two bonus tracks, "Never Land (Full Length)" and "Emma".
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1.Dominion / Mother Russia
3.Lucreti My Reflection
7.Driven Like The Snow
8.Never Land (Fragment)
9.Torch (bonus track)
10.Colours (bonus track)
11.Never Land (Full Length) (bonus track)
12.Emma (bonus track)