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ADAM & EVE

The Flower Kings

 

Symphonic Prog

3.47 | 384 ratings

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mothershabooboo
3 stars Well, this is not 'The Flower Kings' best album, but it's still an enjoyable listen. The album starts off with the best track on the record 'Love Supreme'. It has the Flower Kings 'happy mood' feel to it which can lift one up after a long day. It's a longer song which we've come to expect from them, and they perform rather well. Good buildups, colourful lyrics, and great resolutions after their buildups. I love how at one point the vocals don't match the music, to which the music switches to match the vocals. It makes the music more enjoyable to listen to after the mismatch.

But what happens after 'Love Supreme'? 'Cosmic Circus' jumps me each time it starts after 'Love Supreme's mellow ending. This was not the best song to follow up the epic beginnings. Other then that, a typical 'Flower Kings' song, and Babylon is a nice follow up using the same melody from the Cosmic Circus.

"A Vampire's View" is the only other stand out song on the album, only from its uniqueness from all other Flower Kings songs I've heard. It's mellow, sadistic, creepy and is the theme song to those who slink around downtown at 2AM in a dark alleyway [EDITORS NOTE: Do not slink around downtown at 2AM in a dark alleyway listening to this song]. "Day's Gone By" is the 'Babylon' for 'A Vampire's View'; a very creepy waltz just on a piano.

I'm not a fan of the titled track; it just doesn't do much for me. It's a nice track and all, it just doesn't offer anything more then a 'Flower Kings' typical song. "Starligh Man" is another forgettable song, although I do enjoy the 'happy' feel it brings. "Timelines" does the same thing. Although it rocks a bit harder and is a bit longer, after listening to the album as a whole, it gets lost.

"Driver's Seat" the album's second big song starts off well enough, so well that when the song get over the small introduction, it loses all momentum it had and falls. When I first listened to the album, I thought that the song stopped halfway through and was ready to turn it off. Not the best thing for a song. Like the rest of the album after the first song, 'Driver's Seat' doesn't do much for me in terms of an epic 18+ minuet song. On the plus side, it does provide for a nice soothing song, and the end turns it around giving the listener a nice treat of music. The song has a 'space aged wonky' sound every once in a while that I enjoy.

The album finishes with a small instrumental peace which winds down the album; nothing much more then that. The album is enjoyable, but it's not very memorable besides the first and fourth song.

A solid three stars, one for Adam, one for Eve and one for the love the two share.

mothershabooboo | 3/5 |

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