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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.91 | 596 ratings

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3 stars As it happened to me with Spock's Beard's Snow, I had great expectations on this work. I had listen to The Sum Of No Reason long time ago and I had decided to give this band a more deep opportunity. I must say I got some kind of disappoinment, it would seem to me that this band prefers to work in 20 or 30 mediocre songs than on 4 or 5 well made pieces (not the case of The Sum Of No Reason), but not everything is bad, this album has its wonderful moments, let me give a quick review of each song:

CD 1

-In The Eyes Of The World: Great start! A strong, enjoyable song, good work.

-A Room With a View: Transition, nothing special for me.

-Just This Once: This song didn't reached my atention completely.

-Church Of Your Heart: Half good, half not-that-good. Keyboards are great though.

-Poor Mr. Rain's Ordinary Guitar: Transition, maybe a bit nicer than A Room With A View.

-The Man Who Walked With Kings: Brilliant instrumental! My favorite song from the first CD.

-Circus Brimstone: I didn't actually understand the meaning of this piece, although is really good made.

-Crying Clown: Meaningless transition.

-Compassion: Unnecesarily long.

CD 2

-Pipes Of Peace: Nice organ opening for the second CD.

-The End Of Innocence: Repetitive song and far long for what it is, nothing great.

-The Merrygoround: Pretty enjoyable, really nice song that reminds me of later works.

-Don Of The Universe: Another great instrumental! Some say it is a filler, but I enjoy it completely.

-A Day At The Mall: Another useless transition.

-Different People: Pop-junk, I didn't like it at all.

-Kingdom Of Lies: Another pop piece, but it kinda works better than Different People, still nothing amazing.

-If 28: Brilliant transition (this CAN be called a transition)!

-Ghost Of The Red Cloud: a great song, although I am not a fan of Reggae Rock or that kind of stuff.

-Hotel Nirvana: More and more nonsense transition.

-Stardust We Are: Really nice epic and one of the best songs from The Flower Kings in my opinion. With everything that makes a great prog song!

I think that an album that simply included the title track and the other nice efforts from this album, taking away the pop singings and the transition sounds, would have been also great.

The Flower Kings are a pretty good band without a doubt, but let me admit that this guys just don't convince me completely. I can conclude that I am not made for this kind of albums, but maybe I should listen to this album again, just in case. A good finding, but nothing truly essential.

MyDarling95 | 3/5 |


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