Flowers (Ace of Base album)

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Flowers
Studio album by Ace of Base
Released June 15, 1998 (Europe)
Recorded September 1997 - Early 1998
Genre Pop
Length 56:20 (UK)
Label Polygram International
Producer Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg
Ace of Base chronology
The Bridge
(1995)
Flowers
(1998)
Cruel Summer
(1998)
Singles from Flowers
  1. "Life Is a Flower"
    Released: April 6, 1998
  2. "Cruel Summer"
    Released: July 8, 1998
  3. "Travel To Romantis"
    Released: November 16, 1998
  4. "Always Have Always Will"
    Released: December 7, 1998
  5. "Everytime It Rains"
    Released: April 1999
  6. "Cecilia"
    Released: April 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Flowers is the third album by Swedish pop music group, Ace of Base. It was released in June 1998 in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and August 10 in the United Kingdom. An American version, titled Cruel Summer, was released on September 1, later that year and contained remixes, re-recordings, and new recordings deemed appropriate for an American audience. Japan and Australia received hybrid versions of the two albums.

This is the last physical release of any Ace of Base album to date in Australia, however their back catalogue has since been made available on iTunes.

Background[edit]

Flowers album spawned the massively successful single, "Life Is a Flower", the most heavily played radio single of 1998, and Top 10 hits "Cruel Summer" and "Always Have, Always Will". The corresponding U.S. album sold poorly, and was the last original Ace of Base album released there. Flowers is estimated to have sold more than four million copies worldwide.

Flowers album received gold certifications in Sweden and Denmark, and was certified platinum in Switzerland. The album was a top ten hit in Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Sweden and Switzerland. Singles from the album were also highly successful, earning the band top ten positions in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and has sold 4 millions of copies since then.

Track listing[edit]

Europe[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Life Is a Flower"   Jonas Berggren P. Adebratt, T. Ekman, Jonas Berggren 3:47
2. "Always Have, Always Will"   Jonas Berggren, Mike Chapman Ole Evenrude 3:46
3. "Cruel Summer (Cutfather & Joe Mix)"   Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward, Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, Siobhan Fahey Cutfather & Joe 3:35
4. "Travel to Romantis"   Jonas Berggren Jonas Berggren, Johnny Jam & Delgado 4:10
5. "Adventures in Paradise"   Jonas Berggren, Joe Belmaati, Mike Hansen Cutfather & Joe 3:32
6. "Dr. Sun"   Jonas Berggren Jonas Berggren, D. Carr, J. Amatiello 3:35
7. "Cecilia"   Jonas Berggren P. Adebratt, T. Ekman, Jonas Berggren 3:55
8. "He Decides"   Jenny Berggren D. Carr, Peo Hägström 3:09
9. "I Pray"   Ulf Ekberg, John Ballard Charles Fisher, Ulf Ekberg 3:16
10. "Tokyo Girl"   Jonas Berggren, Billy Steinberg, Ralph McCarthy Johnny Jam & Delgado 3:36
11. "Don't Go Away"   Ulf Ekberg, John Ballard Charles Fisher, Ulf Ekberg 3:41
12. "Captain Nemo"   Jonas Berggren D. Carr, Jonas Berggren, John Amatiello 4:02
13. "Donnie"   Jonas Berggren D. Carr, Jonas Berggren, John Amatiello 4:39
14. "Cruel Summer (Big Bonus Mix)"   Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward, Steve Jolley, Tony Swain, Siobhan Fahey Stephen Hague, Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg, Johnny Jam & Delgado 4:07

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 15
Danish Albums Chart 6
Dutch Albums Chart 50
Finnish Albums Chart 2
French Albums Chart 16
German Albums Chart 3
Greece Albums Chart 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[2] 7
Mexican Albums Chart 8
Norwegian Albums Chart 12
Spanish Albums Chart 38
Swiss Albums Chart 1
Swedish Albums Chart 5
UK Albums Chart 15

Platinum, Gold & Silver Awards[edit]

  • Denmark: gold (20,000+ units sold)
  • Sweden: gold
  • Switzerland: platinum (40,000+ units sold)
  • United Kingdom: silver (60,000+ units sold)

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