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SPACE REVOLVER

The Flower Kings

 

Symphonic Prog

3.84 | 427 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars One of my favourite The Flower Kings's album!

Primarily because this time Roine Stolt and his fellows achieved to record only one disc album... For this reason, and in opposition to "Stardust We Are", and the average "Flower Power", in "Space Revolver" there are no fillers. I think that this album was made to give an homogene and pleasant impression the whole time... And this is exacktly what we have!

The style of "Space Revolver" is not really different from the previous Flower King's albums... Strongly 70's influenced melodies and sound (Yes, Camel, Emerson Lake and Palmer...) along with some jazz elements and a great musicianship. Maybe this album is bit more rock oriented, even more friendly melodies, and the protagonism is in the guitars and the powerful rythmic section.

And in this rythmic section, we have the best notice that this album brought to The Flower King's fans... The incorporation of the very talented bassist Jonas Reingold. If you have heard him playing, you know what I'm talking about... He is fast, really fast, and he easily dominates every bass skill. But he is also able to make beautiful and haunting melodies with his instrument, giving an extra feeling to the band's sound...

His cohesion with the band was later perfectionated, but with him yet in "Space Revolver", Stolt was able to go further with his searching of enchanting melodies, along with giving an excuse to bass lovers to hear his songs... Just hear Rumble Fist Twist! Incredible.

Best tracks: I specially enjoy with I Am the Sun (both parts...), Monster Within (one of the best TFK's compositions...) and Chicken Farmer Song (it makes me really happy...)

Conclusion: I think that in the year 2000, "Space Revolver" was along with "Stardust We Are" the best The Flower Kings's album... And although it was later surpased by other band's efforts like the magnificient "Unfold the Future", is still a very recommended work, with a strong musicianship, beautiful melodies, and some of the best songs of the band.

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |

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