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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.73 | 526 ratings

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3 stars Well ! An average here of 3.5 means, of course, an average of half opinions at 3 and the rest at 4... Not that simple, because there are some 5/5 and also low notes !

My first listening was... deceiving, for the very first time, for a TFK CD. Knowing it is prog means that you have to listen a number of times before being able to fully appreciate... this 2-hour of music. Are there fillers ? Is it too long, even if we are used to it with this group ? I have to answer "yes" for the first time. There are too many 'ordinary' tracks, without as much spirit than usual. They do not get to me as other material did before (I mean in their order of producing). I prefer of course the epic "Monsters & Men", which has everything described here : variations, punch, very good solos by Bodin, changes of tempos, etc. And some others are good : "End on a High Note", "Minor Giant Steps", "Life will kill You", "Blue Planet". Average quality displayed by The Flower Kings, as we have seen before. But the remaining is a little too 'low', as compared to what they have showed us they are able to. Oh, they might have a better rating if if was their only CD; but I confess I rate this according to their other productions, and I see this one lower... the lowest, in fact. With the least general feeling (those things happen !).

If you love TFK, you can get this one, mostly because of the "Monsters & Men"; otherwise, if you don't know them... The rating : So, the epic counterbalance the 'ordinary' tracks; those identified being good save the thing. And it gets around 3/5, in my view. Yeah : non-essential, for the first and only time.

Progdaybay | 3/5 |


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