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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.72 | 417 ratings

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3 stars This realease has left me cold. Don't get me wrong folks, it's a solid album. But is it worthy to wear TFK label ? The intro is one of those things ( the whole ping pong ball thing) that has finally been over done by the band. Track # 2, MONSTERS AND MEN is very typical FK music. Nothing special about it but it is masterfully performed. HIT ME WITH A HIT and PIONEERS OF AVIATION are both spectacular pieces of music but are nothing new for these guys. Beyond those 3 tracks, disc one seems to be a serious regression from ADAM & EVE.

The 2nd disc doesn't fare much better. MINOR GIANT STEPS and WHAT IF GOD IS ALONE are the only tracks that run ahead of the pack. In short... as is the case with many of their 2 disc sets... one would have been enough. There is so much filler material here that it makes you wonder what these boys could do if they concentrated real hard on a few great ideas instead of a cornucopia of mediocre ones. Bottom line is that TFK are in need of a blood transfusion because they are becoming predictable and stale.

Trafficdogg | 3/5 |


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