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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 550 ratings

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5 stars I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THIS CD HAS NOT GOT MORE 5 STAR RATINGS. This is as good as it gets for contemporary symphonic progressive rock. TWO CD's of outstanding quality, each bursting forth with lush keyboards, scintillating guitar, excellent bass lines and intricate drumming. Lets start with CD1 IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD - Marvellous organ work, and Hackettesque guitar work A++ A ROOM WITH A VIEW - Nice synth sound end ends like an Enid track A+ JUST THIS ONCE - Weird start - into some gorgeous organ work (like Genesis salmacis) - Really accomplished instrumental break then has dreamy mellotron & Guitar with a Topographic (Yes) feel to it A++ THE CHURCH OF YOUR HEART - Nice guitar to start, great use of church organ, synthesizerss and mellotron - Fantastic guitar solo A++ POOR MR RAINS ORDINARY GUITAR - Nice quiet peice for two classical guitars - A+ THE MAN WHO WALKED WITH KINGS - Mega Church organ, classical gutar, then a medieval feel (sor of Enid like) - Finish with Mellotron Hackettesque guitars and nice synthesizers - A+++ CIRCUS BRIMSTONE - Weird start and goes into Yes - Ritual (middle section) style then speeds up and we have a nice guitar motif, ace bass work and drumming - changes tempo a few times - EXCELLENT instrumental A++ CRYING CLOWN - Sort of old french music interlude - a bit pointless a filler C- COMPASSION - Slow electronic style beat and vocoded vocals with echo - Then the mellotron and a ripper of a Stolte solo - Church organ - Brilliant - then the track goes on longer than says on the listing - sort of electronica weirdness out to 9 minutes or so??? A+++ CD2 PIPES OF PEACE - Church organ - love it A++ THE END OF INNOSCENCE - Nice synth riff & piano arpeggio - then use of mellotron and harpsichord, good guitar solo A++ THE MERRYGOROUND - Janty starf with a nice bass line, ace drumming and nic organ chording more complex keyboards and use of mellotron and church organ - Ace guitar solo A+ DON OF THE UNIVERSE - Guitar riffs - nice drum pattern with a good bass line - sitar in and out for a moody sort of ambient folksy effort - B++ A DAY IN THE MALL - Very short piano filler B DIFFERENT PEOPLE - Jaunty track, saved by a good guitar solo B KINGDOM OF LIES - Good intro - Nice Mellotron and ACE guitar solo A IF 28 - Slow piano piece B GHOST OF THE RED CLOUD - Reggae beat, then ace synth riff - STOLTE SOLO ACE A+ HOTEL NIRVANA - Synths with classical guitar - ace mellotron chords and a bit like Cloudburst flight by tangerine dream - A++ STARDUST WE ARE - OOOOH SYMPHONIC PROGRESSIVE ROCK AT ITS BEST - This CD has to be bought just to hear this track. Three parts and twenty five minutes long - Ace use of Mellotron, synths with the guitar work of Stolte in and out like a fiddlers elbow - Styles of Yes - Foxtrot genesis and even a bit of Camel *Super twister". You can hear a bit of Circus of Heaven by YES, Hackettesque guitar. Twelve string passages like that off Foxtrot....The part two instrumental IS GENIUS - makes the hairs on your neck rise and fills your brain full of seratonin...Then Part three - I love the Chorus .... STARDUST WE ARE............. Then Mellotron with guitar in the background - then the synth picks out delicate riffs and a GUOTAR SOLO TO MAKE YOU wish you could play like STOLTE - The mellodies reprise and the ending is quite simply as beautiful as anything produced by debussy....FIVE STARS FOR THIS TRACK ON ITS OWN....
M27Barney | 5/5 |


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