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THE SUM OF NO EVIL

The Flower Kings

 

Symphonic Prog

3.79 | 447 ratings

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KingX
5 stars The Flower Kings have released their best yet. With "Unfold the Future" and "Paradox Hotel" they changed their direction to a little less 70's Yes type prog that they are usually associated with. With "The Sum of no Evil" however, they basically just went back to how they were in the beggining except for one major change. They finally decided to take their best feature and go all out with it. 4 out of 6 songs are over 12 minutes, one being almost at 25, the other two 5 and 7 minutes.

It starts off with "One More Time" (13:04)- A great opener; fast paced with a catchy chorus and great instrumental parts in the middle and at the end. 9/10

Next, "Love is the Only Answer" (24:28)- My personal favorite, this one features Ulf Wallander on soprano sax. There is so much variety in this, yet it all holds together as one song perfectly. An awesome jazzy instrumental part with guitar solo in here. 10/10

"Trading My Soul" (6:25)- serves as a sort of a transition between the two main highlights of the disc. A smooth, slow, and kind of sad song with a heady chorus that never gets old. 8/10

"The Sum of no Reason" (13:25)- This is something I'd never really heard from TFK before. Pretty dark lyrics and music-wise. The guitar solo at the end is complimented by such a killer groove! 10/10

"Flight 999 Brimstone Air" (5:00)- Really Abstract and crazy-go-nuts compared to the rest of the songs, but TFK has done this type of thing before. Lots of great drumwork and an Awesome guitar breakdown at the end. 9/10

"Life in Motion" (13:30)- This song sounds a lot like your typical Yes song, and some people act like that's a bad thing. Why on earth would that be bad??? I can never listen to this song without being uplifted and happy. The ending is really inspirational. A wonderful overall closer.

I'm not one to throw around Five Stars like it's nothing, so you can expect I give this album five stars for a reason.

KingX | 5/5 |

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