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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.80 | 517 ratings

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3 stars Well - it seems - it's the same old story, talking about the music development of the album, which is a solid composition by Roine & c. but it doesn't "grow" after listening to it for several times...don't get me wrong, the accurate arrangements by Roine, as well as their continual good inspiration (resumed into a bunch of classic prog references, above all referred to Steve Howe and Yes of the Golden Age) make this recent album another interesting "progressive prototype" of the seventies!! Nevertheless this is the right point, We are in the 21st century and if you want to focus on their music ideas or start an intelligent discussion about it, perplexed you could remain: as a matter of fact in the course of 2007 I've appreciated some works from the USA, such as the last effort by Glass Hammer for example and besides always loved some experimental works in the recent years, like those ones produced and well arranged by a few European bands in the vein of F. Zappa (I think of After CRYING for instance or Isildurs Bane).. but the experimental or the modern works consist of various attempts to make a renewal of the old classic prog models, being anyway filtered through the experience of a "modern" musician. This is the achievement ( regarding every point of view) as well as the main settlement of the bands mentioned above - and I can' t say the same thing about F.K....I think of some works by Echolyn (whose masterwork "Suffocating the Bloom" has not been ever brought to the same level by any modern ensemble in the nineties) and of a few other fusion prog bands in the vein of Niacin for instance...Tomas Bodin likes to emulate the style of Zappa during some keyboards performances (do you remember Eddie Jobson?!...), but his compositions are controversial, such as in the instrumental "Flight 999 Brimstone Air", where He tries to overdo. Then if you think of a tune like "Trading My Soul", the puzzle is complete. My suspect is that their long-date fans want to hearken to everything which s similar to a classic prog work rather than being more involved in the research of a revolutionary band nowadays!!

This is my opinion, but probably many other prog listeners will choose the present work anyway...

lor68 | 3/5 |


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