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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.49 | 521 ratings

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4 stars Hands up if you didn't expect this to be any good? Yup. me too. Everyone seems to scorn this album, but I'm amazed that they do, as I found it to be really good.

When I first heard it I thought 'I actually quite like this', but then expected it to wear thin the more that I listened. But that just hasn't happened.

Gone, it seems are the overly-long 'epics', which can end up being so insubstantial, and instead we have an album that marks the transition between one FK era and another.

Timewise, some songs appear to be long, but they change and vary throughout, instead of simply getting 'lost'. What's more, for me at least, it's still progressively 'deep'. These are not 'Pop' songs. It's a brooding, thoroughly FK mix throughout, and it withstands repeated listening.

I'm not to sure about the 'X files' sound in 'Babylon' (because it just reminds me of the 'X files'...), however overall their sound is still there. There's less 'fat' and the sound is perhaps more focused.

For me, this is a positive effort, and as such deserves a positive mark. I hope that others will not be put off listening to it, as I was originally.

In a recent poll, I could only muster 9 'best' Prog albums of the noughties. This album probably becomes that evasive tenth.

sussexbowler | 4/5 |


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