Flowing Tears - _Razorbliss_
(Century Media, 2004)
by: Jackie Smit (
It is a sad and undeniable shame that the societal majority has grown increasingly accustomed to accepting what marketing and advertising force-feeds them, as opposed to selecting the best alternative. If indeed the latter were the case it is not inconceivable that Germany's Flowing Tears would long ago have enjoyed a much greater level of popularity. Bred from the same generic stock as their label mates Lacuna Coil, _Razorbliss_ is the first Flowing Tears record to feature Helen Vogt on microphone duties -- and in case anyone is wondering, yes, aside from being quite fetching, she is also much better than her predecessor, Stefanie Duchêne. In fact, word has it that she is largely to thank for the band's heavier approach this time round. That said though, every member of Flowing Tears has done a terrific job on _Razorbliss_, and particularly "Radium Angel" and "Believe" stand out as the highlights of their effort. Throw in one of Waldemar Sorychta's best turns in the producer's chair and you have an album that effortlessly shows up corporate wimp-rock like Evanescence for the tepid hogwash that it is.
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