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THE FLOWER KING

Roine Stolt

 

Symphonic Prog

4.08 | 205 ratings

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Starhammer
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4 stars This record > The entire Flower Kings back catalogue...

The eponymous solo album that led to the formation of the band.

The Good: In the early 1990s Roine Stolt had a dream. Well, it was more of a vision. There was too much negativity and aggression in modern music and something needed to be done about it. Roine harnessed the power of the resurging symphonic prog wave, and unleashed this tree hugging, circle dancing, free loving beast. Whilst he had released solo albums in the past, they had all been rock and pop orientated and quite inferior to his previous work with Kaipa. In comparison the compositions found here are fantastic and showcase why he is one of my favourite guitarists. The soloing is tasteful and interesting, and the opening hook of the title track is just magical. He's also quite adept on the keyboards with some great work on The Sounds of Violence.

The Bad: Close Your Eyes, The Pilgrims Inn and Humanizzimo have their moments, but they're not quite as strong as the rest of the tracks.

The Verdict: I'd really, really love to give this five stars as it's one of my favourite albums, but I can't justify overlooking the brief 'lulls' in creativity.

Starhammer | 4/5 |

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