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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 549 ratings

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4 stars There are a lot of songs on this release by TFK and I just counted there are 5 out of 20 really worthwhile, the other songs we can more or less forget about. I will do a short comment on the 5 great tracks:

1. In the eyes of the world. This is the stream song on progarchives I got to know first and it convinced me of having to buy this. This is one of the very best songs TFK have ever produced. It's Roine at his very best especially at the end of the song. 5 stars.

2. Church of your heart. This is a very original composition by TFK. As the title of the track already suggests there's a church organ being played on this one and it works really nice along with a great vocal performance. 4,5 stars.

3. The Merry Go Round. This was a track I did not immediately discover as a great one because the first few minutes are not too impressive, just average. Until Roine comes up with probably the best guitar solo on any TFK track ever. This is just about the best a guitar can offer to human ears. Great compliments if you can write melodic music like this. 4,75 stars thanks to the solo.

4. Kingdom of Lies. Another very fine performance thanks to Roine. It's not that I don't appreciate the other bandmembers and in interviews with mainly Roine Stolt I read several times that he tends to be a bit dominant, not as a dictator or something but more that his tremendous guitar playing gets too much attention. Personally I don't mind but of course it isn't too great for the relationship between the bandmembers especially if the others have some ego as well. But I think they deal with it just fine. 4,5 stars for KoL.

5. Stardust we are. It goes without saying that we are talking about one of the great TFK compositions in their history. The magnum opus for many of their fans. Personally I like Garden of dreams and Monsters and men a bit more but this one is magnificent as well. Everything you may expect from a song of this length. 5 stars.

As I said we can more or less forget about the rest though Just this once and Don of the Universe almost reach a 4 star rating. Thanks to the very first and the very last track it easily reaches a 4 star rating overall but I can give no more.

progrules | 4/5 |


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