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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 549 ratings

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Marty McFly
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4 stars I sometimes wonder, why no TFK album gets over 4 rating threshold. Maybe it's something in this music that I so much love, but a lot of people see as mediocre, or as "good" at best. Well, I think that it's the length of Flower's music. A lot of interesting moments and some killer tracks, but everything gets buried under sheer 126 minutes. The best tracks, catchy and bombastic (I like this kind of thrilling [sadly, it's cheesy for some] tracks, when done properly, it won't slide into embarrassing mode) are Church of Your Heart, instant hook-on, In the Eyes of the World and few others, but it's not what this album is about. Its length prevents easy remembering of each track (as with 40-minutes long releases), so this is intended for not so thorough listening perhaps ? Because it's not consistent album at all. TFK always loved big compositions and this time, they really "overclocked" it, as for many people, variability, filler passages and so on will be tough. As seen from ratings. Can we blame them ? Of course not, it's understandable. I myself feel tempted. You probably would get strong 50 minute long CD from material here, but as it is given, there are problems with finding it.

4(-) is fair rating I suppose. From people rating in left column, only russellk gave it 5 stars. Brave and bold move for sure, I would like to give more as well (and from my reviews, you can see that I gave 5-stars in past to albums where flaws were present), but the main problem I have with this is its size. Flatting it would make it not just accessible, but more importantly also more interesting to people looking to music, not music with long minutes of silence in it. I'm not offending TFK's music, as I'm enjoying most of their albums, but this is constant problem. And the reason why a lot of people here rate so low. Including me.

700th review, let's stop for a while, shall we ?

Marty McFly | 4/5 |


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