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

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Les Fleurs du Mal
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
Les Fleurs du Mal
Have You Seen This Ghost?
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")



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