Sometimes the penultimate moments in a story are the ones that really matter, as is the case with this glittering gospel masterpiece about sin, degradation and the primal need for moral cleansing, Flowers, backed by the Las Vegas Mass Choir, shines in his most naturalistic state.
With Daniel Lanois' guitars building from nothing, the singer begins, “When the lights go down in the city, getting real low/ settle in my room, I’m noticed/ when the still comes in my window, letting me go/ I feel a calm come over me, on the floor.”
The echoey guitars cluck and chatter as keyboards join in. This is church epic, no doubt, one that Elvis - the unofficial king of Las Vegas who somehow never lost his relationship with God - could have sung to the rafters and beyond.
In fact, imagine The King belting out these words:“Well, I find myself on my knees/ begging please on the floor/ facing the things I’ve done here on the floor/ well, the years have gathered and rung that’s where I’ll be/ and I find myself on my knees…begging please.”
That's not just Vegas. That's Tupelo, Mississippi. That's Memphis. It's everywhere a heart aches and bleeds.