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The Flower Kings - Stardust We Are CD (album) cover


The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 549 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars "Stardust We Are" is the third release from THE FLOWER KINGS, and stands up well to the previous record "Retropolis".This album has an almost carnival like atmosphere to it. There is so much material on this double disc release, and for the most part it's all good.

"In the Eyes Of The World" is a perfect way to start, it's just a great tune featuring excellent guitar, keyboards and vocals. "Just This Once" is another highlight with terrific melodies and some sampled mellotron. "Church Of Your Heart" is such an amazing, uplifting song about believing in yourself. My favourite song on the first disc is "The Man Who Walked With Kings", it is one of the best instrumentals I have ever heard, very CAMEL-like with some fantastic soaring guitar. Another highlight is "Circus Brimstone" a very good darker sounding instrumental, especially the heavy parts. "Compassion" features emotional lyrics with some scorching guitar that fits the passionate vocals well.

Disc 2 starts off with a powerful pipe organ and "Stardust We Are" melodies. Some more mellotron sampling on "The End Of The Innocence" a slower, long track. The "Merrygoround" has a nice extended guitar solo in it, although it's a keyboard driven tune. "Don Of The Universe" features lots of sitar and again a "Stardust We Are " melody. More sitar in "Different People" with some atmospheric guitar, good song. "Ghost Of The Red Cloud" has a reggae sound to it. Finally the epic "Stardust We Are" is just an awesome song in every way, the highlight from this second disc and the whole album.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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