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STARDUST WE ARE

The Flower Kings

 

Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 446 ratings

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eddietrooper
3 stars This is the first double-CD release by TFK. They surely are very prolific and there's no thing that they write than can't be listened pleasantly, but this time I think that the album would have been better as a single CD with a strict selection of the tracks, keeping only the best ones, and perhaps re-writing some of the others with more time to polish them. The first disc contains more fine songs including the Hammond-organ driven "In The Eyes of The World" and "Just This One" both with the emotional singing of Stolt and tasty keyboards/guitar jamming. The Yes-like ballad "Church Of Your Heart" is another highlight. Stolt and Hasse Froberg make a vocal duo very similar sounding to Anderson/Squire. After that there are several tunes with plenty of mellotron being the most popular "Circus Brimstone" which features some parts remininding me of King Crimson, but not very interesting long jamming, and a song with distorted voice (Compassion) which is OK but not great. On disc two you can find several average songs, they are OK but not very exciting, being the best "The Merrygoround", with some Howe-influenced guitars and Yes feeling, and finally the highlight of the album, the title track, an epic track which is well structured and has very good moments, and only some few boring ones. Three stars for me. Not a bad album, but weakest than the previous ones.
eddietrooper | 3/5 |

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