The Throes were a pretty darn good alternative (not heavy alternative, though) rock band that made the Christian scene proud in the early ’90s. And the band’s debut All The Flowers Growing in Your Mother’s Eyes was well worth the price. The record has indie rock written all over it, with obvious influences by such bands as the now defunct R.E.M., The Smiths and The Grapes of Wrath.
Black Birds is just a great opener, with an catchy guitar riff. The R.E.M. influence is front and centre on the title track, which sounds like something you’ve heard on Out of Time but it’s still very good – especially with the lush harmonies. (Listen to Texarkana and you get a sense of what The Throe’s sound is all about). For some reason, Love is an Ocean sounds like the Cranberries, except without female lead vocals. Oh, and it’s a really, really good song that oozes with emotion. It’s one of my favorites on the record.
With 12 tracks, The Throes packed a lot of material on their debut record. Some songs don’t stand out as good as others, but the ones that are good are very good. Skin Kings, for example, shines as does the closer Passion Flower. The only real departure for The Throes on the record is Inside View, which has a ska-like guitar line and sounds kind of like the Prayer Chain in a way. All in all, All The Flowers Growing in Your Mother’s Eyes still sounds just as good today as it did back in 1990. It’s really a must listen for Christian indie rock fans.