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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.50 | 506 ratings

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4 stars Another classical TFK work, being as average good as the precedent ones (I mean around 4/5). Again, it contains the main stuff : the epics, which are both over the 18-minut mark, and are full of variations, punches, odd time sigs and the magic of Bodin on keys. I would signal a little defect for my ears, i.e. in "Drivers Seat", when the sound completely stops... Silence... Too long. It is disturbing, even if there is nothing ! But, it remains a great track, if you can go over it (a little 'fastforward' is ok...), along with "Love Supreme", which is fun to listen to, with many instrumental developments and intensity.

The remaining tracks are better than on other CD's, I mean comparing to the other non-epics ones. It is a big-plus here, compared to the previous production. "Cosmic Circus", "Babylon" and "Starlight Man" are short but very melodic, with a tremendous sound. "A Vampires View" is also interesting, containing a new atmosphere to TFK. The track "Adam & Eve" is heavy, punchy and has an original musical "pause", before getting to the heavy feeling again. And the last track "the Blade of Cain" is maybe one of the best short instrumentals that TFK has ever done, with an intensity that rises and rises, from the smooth debut to the climax, where TFK go for a lot of tone changes. Marvelous.

I have in mind all the other CD's, in order to set a rating. And I should remind the previous other epics, which are the main references to evaluate all this (it is their 8th, on a total of 10 CD's, for which I go in order, up to the last)... Up to now, "Stardust we Are" and "Flower Power" deserve the rating of 5/5, because some epics are a top-reference to me in the whole world of prog ! Not quite here...

Well, because of a few 'unperfections', the one in "Dr. Seat", the overall feeling that it is excellent, but not more... I would say something like 4.2 ! An interesting opus, again, long, varied, an excellent addition in a sympho-prog collection.

Progdaybay | 4/5 |


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