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1.97 | 23 ratings | 2 reviews | 4% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Rich Man's Game (4:25)
2. She's So Fine (3:12)
3. Here to Love Someone (3:57)
4. A Rainy Night (4:32)
5. The Beast (3:58)
6. Walking in the Moonlight (4:16)
7. Behind the Walls (4:46)
8. If You Never Try (3:30)
9. Voices (3:35)
10. Into the Light (5:18)

Total Time 41:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Roine Stolt / lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, grand piano, Emulator, Yamaha DX-7, analog synthesizers, Rhodes piano, Korg organ, Fender basses, Linn Drum computer, percussion, producer

- Laura Garette / lead vocals (3)
- John Rapp / lead (3) & backing vocals
- Mats Lfgren / backing vocals
- Richard Armstrong / backing vocals
- John Hgman / saxophone (1,2)
- Hans Ek / violin (2)
- Hkan Hultman / drums, cymbals (4)
- Hans Bruniusson / percussion (3,6,8)

Releases information

LP Eagle Records - ELP 100-2 (1985, Sweden)

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ROINE STOLT Behind the Walls ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(4%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (39%)
Poor. Only for completionists (39%)

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Review by Marty McFly
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3 stars Can I scream now ? Oh yeah, I should, because this is, well, this is unexpected punch to my guts. As everyone here, I'm used to (if used to at all) symphonic Roine. But this is deep into 80's synth style. So there's no melody, no progressiveness, there's just barely recognizable Roine's voice, but nothing from his talent. This decade had to be really weird time for music, I'm glad that I didn't have to live in it. I suppose this is all you want to hear. I wondered if I should give one star because of what blasphemy this is (everyone has his demons of past, this would be Roine's).

3(-) for (well, for me) listenable, but not enjoyable album. No, I regret acquiring this. And I don't know if this can help someone, but I little bit like it. Last songs holds the flag of better music, but first presented here are terrible synth. Still, I won't give this one star, because this music can be listened, isn't "ugly". Just plain at the worst, better average at its best.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
1 stars Good lord! That was really a surprise! And not a good one, really. Think of any 80´s worst cliches and its more than likely youll find it here. Small wonder this album is so obscure and not even mentioned on The Flower Kings official site! Its an embarrassment for mr. Stolt. It seems that in the mid 80´s someone thought it would be a good idea to turn the ex Kaipa guitarist into a pop star. But it never worked out and I guess everyone involved would much rather forget this CD. So if you already know the guy as one of the single most important prog artists of today, or as the extraordinaire musician/songwriter he surely is, be warned: there is NOTHING prog - or even close to anything prog - here.

What we have here is a bunch of pop/new wave tunes with a very reasonable production for the time. While the music itself is not particularly bad per se ( if you like 80´s pop, of course, like a mix of Hall & Oates and Dire Straits, sometimes he seems to be emulating Mark Knopflers vocals), it´s so embarrassing to hear Stolt singing those cheesy love lyrics while backed by equally awful plastic sounding synths, electronic drums, pseudo soul saxophones and the like. Even the guitar playing is unrecognizable, although he still manages to produce a few decent solos like he does on the title track and, specially, on the albums closer Into The light (the only real high point in the entire album, but only because of the very good guitar part).

Conclusion: more a curio than anything else. And even then, only for the completionists and collectors. Even hardcore fans will probably be very disappointed with this disastrous experiment. I never thought Id give such low rate for a Roine Stolt related album, but I guess everyone is entitled to make a few mistakes in life. And for a prog site like PA 1.5 stars is the most I can rate it. Im glad I didnt have to spend my hard earned money to listen to it (I borrowed from a friend). Avoid it.

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