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I AM

Tomas Bodin

 

Symphonic Prog

3.76 | 98 ratings

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Eerichtho
4 stars ...and remember......''fake it until you make it''.

Well, Bodin seems to have made it nicely with this album. The quoted text is from the first page of the sleeve, where he talks about ''human hostile tempo'' of the 21st century and how people are intoxicated by it and about his ''bemusement over the modern 'docu-soap phenomenon''. Quite intelligently. After thit Tomas writes that ''What you'll find on this CD, however, does not concern such things....'' and that ''I AM is dedicated to everybody who dares take the inner journey, to those who dare to break established, self-destructive patterns and to everybody who believes in the impossible.'' Big words... maybe it has more of commercial value than readers benefit, but eh, it works very well as an intro-foreword.

(Hmm...quite alot of quoting done here...but, well, at least I didn't write down the text of the album's foreword completely...)

Shortly, I AM IS melodic, interesting, with nice keyboard-oriented-compositions and basically has a very likeable concept. The album artwork is really nice too, and this had quite frankly a lot to do with me buying it. I am not very well acquainted with the creations of The Flower Kings, but I do recognize that this album by their keyboardist, Bodin collaborating here with two other TFK members, drummer Marcus Liliequist and bass-player Jonas Reingold, is musically very similar to TFK. This can mean that Roine Stolt isn't making TFK happen by himself. The main thing bringing this album down is the vocal performance by Anders Jansson, but it isn't all that bad. I at least got used to it quickly and find that it fits in with the music well.

The three musical pieces here (I; A; M) make out a whole, so it's preferrable to listen to the album from start to finish. If you have time in this tempo-intoxicated world, that is.

Though there isn't anything superb or essential to this record, it gave a wonderful musical (rock-opera'ish) experience and has 'feeling' to it.

I think it deserves about 3.8 stars from me.

Eerichtho | 4/5 |

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