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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 578 ratings

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4 stars With the return of Zoltan, TFK went for another very good work here, as we continue to be in safe area listening to this one, when comparing to the previous CD's. And... that might prevent a lot of fans here to go for 5/5, since we know their style... There are certain amounts of originality, mostly when they develop the mid-sections of the epics (count 4 of 6 songs !), when Fröberg goes with energy, when Bodin still brings some new nice impros and unusal sounds/fast notes. If it was my very first discovery of The Flower Kings, I might have qualifyed that for 'more than excellent' (which is 5), but there is not as much feeling than Stardust or Flower-Power. It is still very interesting, as the songs are made with top-notch production, as you feel the super 'ensemble' of the musicians, and where symphonic prog is again super-well represented. The four long songs are well constructed, with a lot of instrumental from the 'athlete-musicians', with changes of moods that are original, with harmony and melodic passages, and a nice addition of differences with what they did before.

From a general feeling, I would state that as about 4.2. So, a nice job again in the world of sympho-prog, by this top-group of the 2000's. They are 'you-can't-miss them' !

And this is it for TFK, as I went around their 'standard' CD's (2x 5/5, 1x 3/5, and 7x 4/5). Hard to beat ! Hoping to see arriving something new soon (before end of 2011 ?), as the side-projects seem to be over for these guys : Transatlantic tour is finished, as the projects of Agents of Mercy, Karmakanic, the solo jobs of Bodin and Fröberg are done also... Ouf ! There is good hope. And I can't wait.

Progdaybay | 4/5 |


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