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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.95 | 465 ratings

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4 stars To me this is yet an album that some fans either love or hate well I LOVE SOME FLOWER POWER i mean sure there are some weak tracks here and there but alot of stuff on the second disc and of course all of the first disc really make up for a lot. The Flower Kings have always kept my attention whether its getting proggish or psychedelic or avant of the 70s or getting a little bit mainstream or heavy here in the 90s. Still to me that means they are just so diverse and they prove that on there second double album release. well of course the big highlight as been the most famous FK song ever GARDEN OF DREAMS!!!!! this is probably my favorite FK song as it is something a progger has always dreamed about. its 60 minutes of pure bliss with outrageous solos from guitar and keys, amazing bass sections, incredible drumming, and emotional vocals that will bring a tear to your eye. The boys from Sweden really out did themselves with this song as it has all sort of styles from rock, jazz, avant, psychedelic, neo-prog, hard rock oh i could go on and on but basically if you want to get this album just for this song do it. But the other tracks fare well too i mean sure Captain Capstan is just a keyboard thing it doesn't however though IKEA by Night i love alot because JAIME IS JUST SICK!!!!! its just a cool drum can't help i'm a drummer i love the drums. Then you have the SICK INSTRUMENTAL Astral Dog oh my lord this is a big time Roine Stolt song with some sick licks by the main man himself. And well the second cd has some weak tracks but alot of the songs are really good. Deaf, Numb, and Blind is a very produced 11 minute rocker which at first kinda has an eygptian feel to it. Stupid Girl seems to be a song most people hate i actually love the song i mean gosh the cool guitar solo the awesome groove by some bass and drums i mean i love it can't understand why some people don't like this song. Corruption is another really good rocker by FK with some nice licks by Stolt. Power of Kindness is an okay filler with some recurring themes from Garden of Dreams made by keys. Psycedelic Postcard I REALLY LIKE i thought for a moment it was gonna be a cheap pink floyd 60s knockoff but it actually is really good i love the nice melodic section and man hasse rocks with vocals on this song not to mention Roine is such SOOOOOOO smooth on that guitar. then you got another filler track called Hudsen River Call Since 1998 which is really messed up so don't pay attention to that song lol. Then you get to the very Neo Prog melodic section of disc 2 which has its moments but can come off cheesy. Magic Pie isn't a great track but its okay i mean hasse does do a good job on vocals. Painter is an okay track too with some rockin sections in there. Calling Home i really like but not as much as Deaf, Numb, and Blind but the vocal harmonies at the end are really great kinda gives ya a nice warm feeling. Afterlife i really like one of my favorite FK filler songs as i dunno some about the recurring theme espeically in the keys i just love so much its just a me thing i guess. But still this album is not bad its not the best from the Flower Kings but there are moments which will make you say they and some moments that will blow you away. But if your a hardcore fan like me get it for the fact you have multiple songs on here or if you just wanna get it for Garden of Dreams i advise you too cause that song really makes this album shine.
Progdrummer05 | 4/5 |


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