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PARADOX HOTEL

The Flower Kings

 

Symphonic Prog

3.72 | 396 ratings

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King of Loss
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5 stars Ahhh, the new Flower Kings album.. Probably the best album this year. (I'm 100% sure of that)

Being a hardcore Flower Kings fan, Paradox Hotel was really a boost in my confidence. Adam & Eve was of course good for 2004, but it really did not boost my hopes up. It was great at the beginning and just ran out of steam after I listened to it about 50 times. (That means its still very good, just not quite as good anymore)

In the album Paradox Hotel, we see things change quite a bit. The lack of Daniel Gildenlow, who was fired for his disappreciation at the negative over-protection that the US authorities had for the States, so there goes Daniel.. The music, ahhh... reminds me a lot of new beginnings for The Flower Kings. The new beginning for the Flower Kings, sounds weird doesn't it? This is the album where The Flower Kings brings new dimensions into their music with different and not so complex songs like Paradox Hotel, Hit Me with a hit, also blending traditonal Symphonic Prog songs like Monsters and Men and the amazing Monster Within-like Minor Giant steps. (Probably my favorite TFK song since The Truth Will Set You Free)

Bodin and Froberg actually add their pens onto this album, but I must admit, Roine did the better writing.

The poetry that Roine and co. writes is of epic proportion. This album is by far one of the most complete The Flower Kings album and it was recorded in a very short amount of time. They coulda just recorded it live and it could have been just as good.

Recommended for all fans of Prog, especially ones who worship Modern Symphonic Prog.

King of Loss | 5/5 |

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