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THE SUM OF NO EVIL

The Flower Kings

 

Symphonic Prog

3.82 | 593 ratings

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toddbashee
5 stars Personally, I am surprised this album has not scored higher. Different strokes - I am less a fan of Roine's chunkier power-prog, and usually very moved and fascinated by the more quintessential FK melodicism, chromaticism, and harmonic richness. As far as I am concerned, this is the most melodically satisfying and poetic FK release since Stardust, head and shoulders above Rainmaker and most of Paradox (the latter being a satisfying but less inspired offering, to me). 'One More Time' is romantic, melodically complex, and shows a more out-front and inventive Bodin than usual. I have never tired of this album, and if you like these particular Flower Kings virtues, this album may also be near the top of their output for you as for me. Makes for a powerful trio taken as a series with Banks of Eden and Desolation Rose - the latter is powerful but, as Roine himself says, more challenging, less immediately appealing. Simply means to me that all these years later, the band has demonstrated an ability to hit multiple creative mother lodes (mothers-lode?).
toddbashee | 5/5 |

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