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SPACE REVOLVER

The Flower Kings

 

Symphonic Prog

3.84 | 427 ratings

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Zitro
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5 stars 4.6 Stars

This album is incredible! This is their best album in my opinion. They flawlessly fuse jazz, rock, pop, prog rock, metal, classical, and many other genres in their music resulting in highly original and creative songs. There is a new bass player in here who impresses me as much as Chris Squire in his playing.

I Am The Sun begins the album and it is one of the band's best epics. This song is very coherent and flawlessly fuse many genres of music to create one of the best modern progressive rock songs of all times. Previous reviewers explained this song already step by step. I, unlike many reviers, actually like the playful jazzy section in the middle. "Dream on Dreamer" follows and it is an impressive tune that captures the dreamy mood with its slow bass, melodies, dreamy keyboards, and the saxophone. Rumble Fish Twist starts as an incredibly fast instrumental with very fast and loud drumming put upfront. The keyboardist here is at his best, providing rhythms at the first minute before letting himself loose and playing frenzied synthesizer solos. It flawlessly changes into a mellow song with the usage of a brilliant transition. I think that it is their best instrumental, surpassing even the Melting Pot. Monster Within is another big track. This one is heavier, louder, and darker. Instrumentally, this song is excellent, but I do not like the distorted vocals and it has some slight coherence issues. Chicken Farmer Song is a happy track with very good hooks and a complex instrumental part that shines. Underdog is a rocker tune with nice melodies and a chaotic finale. You don't know what you got is a harmless little pop tune with a memorable chorus (it reminds me of 'more fool me'). Slave to Money is a typical Flower Kings track full of instrumentation. A King's Prayer is a melancholic track that may remind listeners of Pain of Salvation's soft side. Hear the amazing guitar solo in that track!! I am The Sun pt2 finishes the album. The second part of the 25-minute epic is much mellower as it starts with gorgeous acoustic guitar broken chords, and some of Roine's best melodies. and an atmospheric climax with Pink-floyd style guitar soloing finishes this beautiful opus. That climax is one of the most moving passages from their whole catalogue.

1. I Am The Sun - Part One (10/10) 2. Dream On Dreamer (9.5/10) 3. Rumble Fish Twist (11/10) 4. Monster Within (7.5/10) 5. Chicken Farmer Song (8.5/10) 6. Underdog (8.5/10) 7. You Don't Know What You've Got (7/10) 8. Slave To Money (8/10) 9. A Kings Prayer (8.5/10) 10. I Am The Sun - Part Two (9.5/10)

My Grade : A-

Zitro | 5/5 |

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