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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 550 ratings

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5 stars Having never heard TFK before I believe this was the first release I got my hands on.

The first thing that stood out were the amazingly good vocals,something lacking in this genre amoung most of the working bands. These guys can really sing. The next thing that lept out at me was how tight the group was in terms of their playing. I have never been a fan of bands that seem incapable of holding a song together if it exceeds 6 minutes. To be good... really good at this music, there does have to be an air of pretention and arrogance. To be able to stretch a piece of music beyond 6 minutes with out being repetitive or having the whole thing come apart takes a certain amount of confidence and Roine Stolt and his band of very talented merry men are up to the task on this CD.

You will notice Stolt and the boys pay homage to the big boys (Genesis , Yes ,ELP and the like) by incorporating much of the tricks of the trade applied by the aforementioned, into their own unique style which can range from the most melodic and harmonic, to the most thundering of compositions and as found in the title track, can traverse the grounds of both with dexterity.

This is one of the very rare, true, classic progressive rock albums ever recorded and should be an addition to any collection, even if you are not particularly fond of THE FLOWER KINGS.

It is a rich tapestry of sounds that pulls you in and allows you to FEEL what's happening in the music. The lyrics, so thought provoking and socially (on a few songs) on cue are another rare thing in most music today. It all adds up to an almost celestial theme that, once again allows the listener to experience and be a part of what is coming through the speakers. An absolute masterpiece.

Trafficdogg | 5/5 |


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