Les Fleurs du Mal (Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows album)

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Les Fleurs du Mal
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Studio album by Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows
Released 13 April 2007
Recorded Late 2006
Genre Darkwave, gothic rock
Label Apocalyptic Vision
Producer Sopor Aeternus, John A. Rivers
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows chronology
La Chambre d'Echo
(2004)
Les Fleurs du Mal
(2007)
Have You Seen This Ghost?
(2011)
Singles from Les Fleurs du Mal
  1. "In der Palästra"
    Released: 16 November 2007
Alternative cover
Double vinyl edition
Double vinyl edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Les Fleurs du Mal – Die Blumen des Bösen (French and German: The flowers of evil) is the ninth album by darkwave band Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows, and was released in 2007. Anna-Varney Cantodea has explained that the title is not a reference to Charles Baudelaire's 1857 collection of poetry of the same name, but that "it is related to Jean Genet's novel Notre Dame des Fleurs."[2] A double vinyl edition and a CD boxed set were also released in limited quantities of 900 and 2,000 copies, respectively. The limited-edition pressings included a 40-page booklet of lyrics and illustrations, as well as a 112-page manga about the album.

"In der Palästra" received release as a DVD-single, and the album proper was introduced and promoted via a promotional video.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Anna-Varney Cantodea.

No. Title Length
1. "Architecture (All that's erected … are … walls)" 3:35
2. "Always within the Hour" 8:29
3. "In der Palästra" ("In the Palaestra") 7:13
4. "A little Bar of Soap" 1:27
5. "Bitter Sweet" (Brian Ferry, Andy Mackay) 5:35
6. "Our Lady of the Broken Hearts" 0:50
7. "La Mort d'Arthur" ("The Death of Arthur") 3:01
8. "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood" 3:42
9. "Helvetia Sexualis" 10:08
10. "Les Fleurs Du Mal" ("The flowers of evil") 8:29
11. "Shave, if you love me" 6:50
12. "Some Men are like Chocolate" 5:20
13. "The Virgin Queen" 11:41

"La Mort d'Arthur" is based on the German translation of a Swedish children's song, "Små grodorna" ("Die kleinen Frösche")

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Les Fleurs du Mal at AllMusic
  2. ^ Orkus Magazine, April 2007
  3. ^ Youtube, Les Fleurs du Mal promo