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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.74 | 479 ratings

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3 stars This second effort by TFK follows the same style as the previous one with even more emphasis on retro-prog writing, vintage keyboards sounds with more use of Hammond, Mellotron and moog-like solos, and with the same excellent guitar playing by Roine Stolt. His voice fits well the ballads like Rythm of The Sea and The Road Back Home, while in the middle of There Is More To This World, which is a very Yes-sounding track, Hasse Fröberg does a good job with his Jon Anderson-like vocals which are perfect for the song. There are also several instrumentals, which aren't bad but just average, with the exception of The Melting Pot, which shows very good interplay between saxophone and guitar with an oriental/arabic style really new for this band. This album is a pleasant listening but I find it less inspired than its predecessor, and therefore I must rate it with 3 stars: a good album but not essential.
eddietrooper | 3/5 |


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