Wednesday, March 10, 1999

Review - February Son

Artist: Oleander

Posted on Wed, Mar 10, 1999 at 4:00 AM

Oleander's second album is an angel sent to alleviate modern rock's decadelong plunge into angst and disillusion. Not only do they not sound like Third Eye Blind or any band that will be featured on "Dawson's Creek" this season, but their distinctive hard-edged sound coupled with brutally honest lyrics make the entire CD a winning effort. Singer and songwriter Thomas Flowers explores real-life issues such as poverty, insecurity, being true to one's self, fear of commitment and fear of the unknown.

"Why I'm Here" is a sincere tale with pulsating guitar riffs that pluck at both conscience and soul. The track oscillates from complacent beats and soothing vocals to powerful drumming and commanding bellows. "How Could I?" is a surreal ballad that retains its rock edge, and the band throws in a cover of the Cure's "Boys Don't Cry" for good measure. "February Son" is a soul-searching journey that takes some head-banging detours along the way.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation