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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

4.24 | 54 ratings

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4 stars A return to playing in Holland but this time they have some semblance of an audience to hear them. The result is vastly superior to Instant Delivery which I recommend people give a miss. This is a very long concert of over two hours so there's a lot to digest. They play almost the entirety of The Sum Of No Evil which itself is a very long studio album and my least favorite Flower Kings album. Love Is The Only Answer, The Sum Of No Reason and Life In Motion and all long songs but at least I find them more palatable to listen to them here than on the studio album.

It wouldn't be a Flower Kings album without talking about the drummer. Here it's the ex-King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto who's a superb drummer but maybe a little heavy sounding for the style of Flower Kings. I'm amazed he could perform here, presumingly at short notice and memorize long songs off The Sum Of No Evil, an album he wouldn't be familiar with. Personally I'm very impressed with Mirko DeMaio who performs on their latest album, Waiting For Miracles. He has a powerful beat but a bit more pop flavored than Pat and would make an ideal touring drummer for the band.

I much prefer the first set to the second. We don't need to hear Stardust We Are again, but it's refreshing to hear this version of There Is More To This World. We get an extending version of Retropolis with some great improvised bass playing from Jonas Reingold, while Roine provides some electrifying guitar work on Hudson River Sirens Call. I Am The Sun is one of my favorite numbers off the Space Revolver album which the band rarely plays live. Maybe I was so exhausted after listening to the first set that I wasn't able to enjoy the second set the band played, as much.

iluvmarillion | 4/5 |


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