Les Fleurs du Mal (Therion album)

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Les Fleurs du Mal
Therion fleurs 2.jpg
Cover art by Saturno Buttò
Studio album by
Released28 September 2012
Recorded2011—2012
StudioAdulruna Studio, Sweden
GenreSymphonic metal, ye-ye
Length47:56
LanguageFrench
LabelSelf-publishing
ProducerChristofer Johnsson
Therion chronology
Sitra Ahra
(2010)
Les Fleurs du Mal
(2012)
Beloved Antichrist
(2018)
Tour album CD cover
Therion fleurs.jpg

Les Fleurs du Mal is a cover album and the fifteenth full-length album by Swedish symphonic metal band Therion. It was released on 28 September 2012 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band.[1] Named after the 1857 volume of poetry Les Fleurs du mal, the album is fully sung in French language. It consist of metal cover versions of French pop songs from 1960s and 1970s, mostly from the ye-ye genre.

Production[edit]

The album was financed by Christofer Johnsson who considers the album an art project.[1][2] It was made available for pre-order at Therion's webstore on 2 September 2012.[3] Johnsson announced that the version sold at concerts with a different cover, would include a bonus track and a poster, and that his "aim is to sign and personally dedicate every single one of them at the shows".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Poupée de cire, poupée de son" ("Wax Doll, Rag Doll")Serge GainsbourgFrance Gall (1965)2:51
2."Une fleur dans le cœur" ("A Flower in the Heart")Christophe Schaeffer, Pawson/ChambersVictoire Scott (1968)3:03
3."Initials B.B." (B.B. is for Brigitte Bardot)Serge GainsbourgSerge Gainsbourg (1968)3:44
4."Mon amour, mon ami" ("My Love, my Friend"[4])Eddy Marnay, André PoppMarie Laforêt (1967)4:35
5."Polichinelle" ("Pulcinella")Pierre Saka, Jean BernardFrance Gall (1967)2:28
6."La Maritza" ("The Maritsa")Pierre Delanoë, Jean RenardSylvie Vartan (1968)3:54
7."Sœur Angélique" ("Sister Angelica")Michel Rivgauche, Georges LifermanAnnie Philippe (1966)3:05
8."Dis-moi poupée" ("Tell me Doll"[5])Jean Albertini, Johnny RechIsabelle (1967)3:24
9."Lilith"Léonie Lousseau, Karl-Heinz SchäferLéonie (1972)2:30
10."En Alabama" ("In Alabama")Sébastien Poitrenaud, Jean-Claude VannierLéonie (1971)2:39
11."Wahala Manitou"Étienne Roda-Gil, ChristopheLéonie (1971)2:34
12."Je n’ai besoin que de tendresse" (I Need Only Tenderness")Claire Dixon, Daniel FaureClaire Dixon 19672:14
13."La Licorne d’or" ("The Gold Unicorn")Christian Turban, Michel BernholcVictoire Scott (1968)2:45
14."J’ai le mal de toi" ("I Miss You")Michaële/Georges Costa, Gabriel YaredBetty Mars (1974)2:51
15."Poupée de cire, poupée de son" ("Wax Doll, Rag Doll")Serge GainsbourgFrance Gall (1965)2:31
16."Les Sucettes (bonus track)" ("The Lollipops")Serge GainsbourgFrance Gall 19662:40

Personnel[edit]

The album was recorded by the following artists:[6]

Band

Guest musicians

  • Snowy Shaw - vocals in "Initials B.B." and "Dis-moi Poupee"
  • Mari Paul - vocals on "Mon Amour, Mon Ami"
  • Johanna Najla - vocals on "Initials B.B."
  • Mattias Olsson - synthesizers, mellotron and percussion on "En Alabama", "Mon Amour, Mon Ami" and "Lilith"
  • Mattias Torrel - acoustic guitars on "Mon Amour, Mon Ami" and "La Licorne D'or"
  • Stefan Jernståhl - accordion on "Wahala Manitou"[7]
  • Violin
  • Anders Åkered
  • Fredrik Syberg
  • Hanna Ekström
  • Isa Holmesund
  • Lars Wehlin
  • Natalia Migdal
  • Anna Manell
  • Pär Lindqvist
  • Eva-Tea Lundberg
  • Ida Freji
  • Johan Ahlin
  • Magnus Wretblad
  • Kristoffer Siggstedt
  • Magnus Werner
  • Staffan Findin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "THERION's 'Long-Term Plans' Revealed". Blabbermouth. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b Christofer Johnsson: Important news Archived 2013-12-24 at the Wayback Machine.. 14 September 2012, accessed on 6 October 2012.
  3. ^ Christofer Johnsson: New album Archived 2012-09-12 at the Wayback Machine.. 2 September 2012, accessed on 6 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Mon amour, mon ami" on Encyclopédisque
  5. ^ "Dis-moi poupée" on Encyclopédisque
  6. ^ Les Fleurs du Mal (Album notes). Therion. End of Light. 2012.
  7. ^ http://ecover.to/?Module=ViewEntry&ID=664269