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The Flower Kings - Stardust We Are CD (album) cover


The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 549 ratings

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5 stars Welcome to the circus...

"Stardust we are" is one of the most remarkable works of the modern era of symphonic rock. Like many other The Flower Kings albums also this one is highly underrated. There is no reason to give low rating to a double album only for some fillers on it and it's distinction of quality. Not by such extension. I didn't expect that "Stardust we are" will be full of perfect songs. On such an album there is also place for some fan material. I would say the album would get definitive better acclaim if the lower-quality tracks had found just on the bonus disc. But I understand the way of selection and I'm glad to enjoy such extended work of The Flower Kings. Maybe except of the horrible "Church of your Heart" and "Different People". Well no album is perfect...

The whole year there was no album which i heard so many times as "Stardust we are" So many ideas, such variety and this extension allow listening on a long period of time. Like many other works of the band this album is inconsistent, so we can almost play it on random mode, what i wouldn't recommend at all. Such structure of record is also part of their convention and i got used to it.

You will find here rocking and catchy moments as on the first track "In the eyes of the world" which brings listener into present on the whole album circus mood. After every powerful song you will be calmed with beautiful instrumental work, mostly a bit shorter as "A room with a view" or pleasing "If 28". Unexpected "power explosions" present on every album of the group make also here remarkable points of the composition. Intro of "Just this Once" or "Merrygoround" as examples, attract our attention. The most outstanding work is the title track with lush lyrics and amazing instrumental passages. The ultimate epic of The Flower Kings, the classic one. Highly recommended songs are: "Just this Once", "End of Innocence" and the tiltle epic. The classic album of The Flower Kings definitely deserves five stars.

ChrisDawid | 5/5 |


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