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THE FLOWER KINGS

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It's hard to make a biography about THE FLOWER KINGS, being that there's so much to say about them, so any attempt of telling their history may seem insufficient.

This esential Swedish group was born around 1993 as a power trio formed by Roine Stolt (Ex-KAIPA) in guitar and vocals, Jaime Salazar (Drums) and Hasse Bruniusson (percussion), and ex-SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA, this lineup worked with Stolt in his solo album "The Flower King" with the participation of Hans Fröberg (Lead and Backing vocals) who would stay with them.

Soon they decided to form a band using the name of the solo album so THE FLOWER KINGS was born, the keyboardist Tomas Bodin and Roine's brother Michael in the bass joined and the band was officially born.

For 1995 they have their first release ready "Back in the World of Adventures" which impressed the critics very much for their closeness to the style of early bands such as Moody Blues, genesis, Jethro Tull etc, borrowing ideas but not music, so you can easily find their inspiration but a single chord copied, I personally liked the album but found it closer to Neo Prog than to Symphonic but this is only a stylistic precision that has no relation with the quality of the album.

The next few years are prolific with few changes and they release "Retropolis" in 1996. Stardust we Are" in 1997 and "Flower Power" in 1998 with no great changes.

In 1999 Michael Stolt leaves the band and is replaced by Jonas Reingold so the new formation for "Space Revolver" in the year 2000 also includes Ulf Wallander playing the Sax as a guest that remains for a long period with them.

After "The Rainmaker" in 2001 Jaime Salazar leaves the band and the drums are taken by Zoltan Csörsz who stays in the band until the release of "Paradox Hotel" (2005) when is replaced by Marcus Liliequist.

As most Swedish bands the quality of their music and the musicianship of their members is
impeccable but don't expect the complexity of their most illustrious compatriots like Anglagard or the dark and almost religious atmosphere of Par Lindh Project (With whom Roine worked in Gothic Impressions), being that the music of THE FLOWER KINGS is a bit lighter but not inferior by any means.

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THE FLOWER KINGS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.05 | 429 ratings
Back In The World Of Adventures
1995
3.74 | 376 ratings
Retropolis
1996
3.89 | 436 ratings
Stardust We Are
1997
3.95 | 366 ratings
Flower Power
1999
3.83 | 421 ratings
Space Revolver
2000
3.47 | 335 ratings
The Rainmaker
2001
3.87 | 405 ratings
Unfold The Future
2002
3.47 | 378 ratings
Adam & Eve
2004
3.72 | 394 ratings
Paradox Hotel
2006
3.79 | 437 ratings
The Sum Of No Evil
2007
4.09 | 606 ratings
Banks Of Eden
2012
4.06 | 365 ratings
Desolation Rose
2013

THE FLOWER KINGS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.78 | 93 ratings
Alive On Planet Earth
2000
4.29 | 119 ratings
Meet The Flower Kings @ Live Recording 2003
2003
3.11 | 19 ratings
Carpe Diem
2008
4.00 | 54 ratings
Tour Kaputt
2011

THE FLOWER KINGS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.10 | 105 ratings
Meet The Flower Kings @ Live Recording 2003
2003
3.73 | 67 ratings
Instant Delivery
2006
4.21 | 33 ratings
Tour Kaputt
2011

THE FLOWER KINGS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.40 | 37 ratings
Scanning The Greenhouse
1998
2.68 | 35 ratings
Edition Limitée Québec 1998
1998
3.18 | 55 ratings
The Road Back Home
2007

THE FLOWER KINGS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.63 | 10 ratings
Fanclub CD 2000
2000
2.98 | 28 ratings
The Rainmaker (Limited Edition)
2001
3.87 | 17 ratings
The Fanclub CD 2002 - A Collection Of Flower Kings Related Music
2002
3.73 | 20 ratings
Live In New York - Official Bootleg
2003
2.33 | 3 ratings
Fanclub CD 2004
2004
2.05 | 26 ratings
BetchaWannaDanceStoopid!!!
2004
2.76 | 18 ratings
Harvest Fanclub CD 2005
2005
3.64 | 33 ratings
BrimStoned In Europe
2005

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 The Sum Of No Evil by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.79 | 437 ratings

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The Sum Of No Evil
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars "The Sum of No Evil" from 2007 is a typical The Flower Kings album. It is long lasting, few and lenghty songs and a funny interesting cover picture. The cover shows a nice band name sign and a Volkswagen bus fish over a religious building, a budistic temple I think. The record was released seven years ago and after this tenth record the band has done two more.

Here, Roine Stolt plays guitar and sings, Tomas Bodin plays keyboards, Jonas Reingold plays bass, Zoltan Csórsz drums and Hasse Fröbergs sings and plays guitar.

Well, the music of Flower Kings is of a special type, definitely not every person likes it. For me it uses to change from time to time. I love some records and songs and hate others. This was almost of the second clasification. It starts quite well with perhaps the records' best "One more time" but then comes "Love is the only answer" with a rather boring text and also the melody is boring in my ears. In that case stretch it so much as now is not a good idea. The other songs are not especially much better they either.

On "The sum of no evil" you, as a listener, will find many ingredients of what The Flower Kings are famous and popular for such as great guitar work and powerful symphonic pieces with long playtime. They are very clever and dompetent but this time it didn't work at all for me. I have listened some times but I can't enjoy what I hear. I know that I should try to be more objektive and judge each record for it's qualities. Now though I had hard to let my personal feelings behind and those feelings don't get frightened or feel any shame for saying that this record unfortunaly mach other of the band or many other prog record. "One more time" is the best song but avoid the others. If you love this band there is a chance you'll like this also but I think two stars is fair right now- perhaps the record wil grow.

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 Desolation Rose by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 365 ratings

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The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Swedish band THE FLOWER KINGS are among the living legends of progressive rock these days, a flagship band in the revival of the genre in the 1990's and a surefire headliner act for just about anyone planning to do a progressive rock festival that wants to draw the crowds in. If we can talk about stars in such a niche environment as progressive rock is, The Flower Kings have been one of the brightest as far as bands that didn't start out in the 1960's or early 70's go. "Desolation Rose" is their 12th studio production, and was released through prestigious label Inside Out in 2013.

Now I do not recall just why this CD came to end up in my stack of CDs to review. I bought this one for my wife as a pre-Christmas gift, the limited edition version with bonus tracks, but can't recall if it subsequently ended up in my stack of CDs to review because she wanted me to write about it or because she had chatted with one of the band members and had promised them I would cover this one. Most likely it is one of those two alternatives though, or that it just happened to be placed in my CD pile accidentally. Still, I do not write about this one because it was sent to me by the label or the artist, which on my case is somewhat unusual.

While I'm obviously familiar with The Flower Kings, they have never been a band that have been that high on my list of music to investigate for some reason or other, possibly it's just a matter of how much time I have at my disposal. They are a quality act of course, always have been and presumably they'll always be so as well, and their meticulous approach to the technical aspects of mixing and production is just one of the top notch qualities about this band. This is an album that should please most audiophiles out there, a well balanced and well assembled production through and through. All instruments are crystal clear, those fond of listening to the details beneath the main motifs and the subtle elements in whatever theme is ongoing will enjoy this album immensely due to this aspect alone.

If you have a taste for retro-oriented symphonic progressive rock you'll obviously have even more to enjoy. Rich cascades of keyboards, organ and Mellotron flavor these compositions with a smorgasbord of sounds, if there is something that can be described as keyboard porn this is it, with elegant guitar soloing on top, in harmony or intertwined in the action of the tangents. As expected from this band the rhythm section is just as excellent, and Roine's vocals, that in my ears have a slight touch of Jon Anderson to them, fits this landscape perfectly.

The songs obviously profit from all of this excellence, but still I didn't find myself getting the goosebumps experience too many times as this disc unfolded. The opening sequence of Tower One actually felt somewhat strained to me for some reason or other, until the first instrumental interlude got going that is. Following that this epic length excursion started to grow quite a bit for me. This also established something of a pattern for me as this CD unfolded. Some songs opened in a not that intriguing manner, growing on me as they unfolded. Title track Desolation Rose another song in that category, The Silent Masses another one.

Other songs gave me goosebumps inducing vibes straight away, like the intriguing Sleeping Bones and later on White Tuxedo as well, but at some point this initial magic faded ever so slightly, the intriguing elements overly used or the song developing in a somewhat less interesting direction. Dark Fascist Skies is the sole exception here though, the generally darker mood an alluring element in itself, and in this case combined with sequences of a less brooding nature that also managed to catch my fancy.

The 8 tracks on the bonus disc gave me a slightly different experience. More varied in style and sound and less cohesive in nature, but more cohesive in terms of my end experience as a listener. From the sheer blatant fun factor of a track like Lazy Monkey to the sacral, cosmic vibes of instrumental Interstellar Variations, the pastoral landscapes of Psalm 2013 and the melancholic mood of concluding piece The Final Era all of these bonus tracks lacked the slight ebb and flow feeling I got from the main album. None of the slightly less alluring parts, but none of the moments of sheer magic either. But a high quality and more than pleasant collection of material it is.

That sums up my impression of "Desolation Rose" quite nicely too. This is, overall, a solid production by a high quality band. If you have a passion for symphonic progressive rock with many vintage qualities, and enjoy that style of music performed by a band whose members appear to have a very high standard on all aspects of the albums they create, this is a CD that deserves your time and attention. Perhaps not the production that will define this band's legacy whenever they decide to retire, but an album that has solid, high quality written all over it.

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 Adam & Eve by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.47 | 378 ratings

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The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars The Flower Kings eighth studio album from 2004, "Adam & Eve" is as usual with this band a massive collection of songs. It takes some times to get everything out of the record. Released between two even massiver and very good albums this album is something of a filler in the band's discography. I don't like the cover at all, it looks pathetic in my eyes with a gorilla male and a fairytale woman. I am used to some more appealing covers from this band.

The present musicians are Roine Stolt, Tomas Bodin, Hans Fröberg, Daniel Gildenlöw, Hasse Bruniusson, Jonas Reingold and Zoltan Csörsz and the record is one and a half hour. The worst thing with "Adam & Eve" is in some ways the first track, the twenty minutes "Love Supreme". Usually the "epics" are the best and actually this song contains some totally wonderful parts with something of Yes, (but mostly Flower Kings). Those parts are instrumental. The main vocal theme is horrible, and I don't either like the way they sing it(6/10). Then are the other long song much better: "Drivers Seat" is a lovely and very varied track with great musicality, that is the gem of the album and it's actually better than the rest together(9/10). Beside this long track, the album's shortest is also among the best: "Days Gone By" where piano is dominant pleases my ears a lot(8/10). "Cosmic Circus" and "Timelines" are two other nice and harmonic songs(7/10) but the title track "Adam & Eve" is also destroyed by the vocals(5/10). The other songs could you listen to as well but I don't think they'll thrill you a lot.

Give the record some time, if you like the thought about this music. It has a lot to explain. Though does is feel a bit clumpsy here and there and I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to the band's music. The album passes and gets three solid stars from me. "Drivers seat" is the best song, listen to that at first, then perhaps continue, but don't look at the cover.

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 Unfold The Future by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.87 | 405 ratings

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The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars It's late and according to my forecoming schedule I should sleep but first this review has to be written. The Flower King's seventh studio record is not a record to throw away when you write the history of progressive rock. It could be a masterpiece that will become immortal. When 2001's "The Rainmaker" is some ways was a bit mediocre, 2002's "Unfold the future" almost becomes a perfect brick of tunes in our music house. The cover is wonderful with a mysterious man, maybe an alien with feathers of red. As sometimes this band releases a record with an extraordinary length, this with more than two hours of music and this times it works quite well.

It's Roine Stolt on voice, guitar and keyboards, Hasse Fröberg on vocals, Jonas Reingold on bass, Zoltan Csörsz on drums, Tomas Bodin on piano and keyboards, Hasse Bruniusson on percussion, Ulf Wallander on saxophone and Daniel Gildenlöw on background voices that perform all this music.

When you start listening to this, you begin with a monster track of 31 minutes and here you'll get The Flower Kings, the essence of the band and an explosion of fantastic music. Even if it's so long, the song works so well and every minute is interesting, it's ("The truth will set you free") a true 10/10 song and perhaps one of the band's best. The second best track is an instrumental and quite experimental song with a lot of saxophone splendor: "The devil's danceschool"(10/10) and so we have another epic: "Devil's playground" of 24 minutes that is almost perfect (9/10 or 8/10). The experimental "Christianopel" also deserves a carefull listening (9/10) such as the neat and well played "Man overboard"(9/10). We also have the long and vivid "Silent inferno" with so much music(8/10) and "Black and white", "Grand old world" and "Solitary shell" that is beyond good and in a class for themselves. The other tracks unfortunately could be considered some form of fillers. That's the problem with such a quantitative bunch of songs, some soften in the light of the giants.

Anyway, this record contains awesome music and the best tracks most be heard at least three times each by people that love prog. It could also be in that way that this is "The Flower Kings'" best album, of them all. I know I have given "Paradox Hotel" five stars and I won't change that. Perhaps even this could gain that further on. Right now I am satisfied with claiming this a very fine piece of prog that I recommend warmly; especially: "The truth wills et you free". Four stars!

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 The Rainmaker by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.47 | 335 ratings

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The Rainmaker
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars On "The Rainmaker", The Flower Kings did what they supposed to do, a record with much music to please their fans. It's the band's sixth studio album and it was recorded 2001. The cover shows a man in suite standing in water on a street in the night. I like the cover and I also like a lot of what I hear on the record. The musicians are Roine Stolt, Tomas Bodin, Hasse Fröberg, Jonas Reingold, Jamie Salazar, Hasse Bruniusson and Ulf Wallander. The lenght of the record is big but not especially big in The Flower Kings' size.

The music on "The Rainmaker" won't give you something especially new if you are used to the sound of this band and I don't think it's a good place to start following this band at either. It is not a bad album but I won't say it's a glorious one either.

As it often uses to be with prog the longest songs seem to be the best. "Road to Sanctuary" is this album's longest and also the one I find most exciting. It has many passages and a fine flow, a good main theme and instrumental brilliance(8/10). Beside that song the title track, the instrumental "The Rainmaker" appeals to me with its modesty and progression(7/10). "Last minute on Earth" although has a quite repeting chorus but the song proves good musicality(6/10) and "City of Angels" too is a pleasant song(6/10) just as the rocky "Sword of God"(6/10) and the two instrumentals "Blessing of a smile" and "Red Alert"(6/10). The others feel a bit uninteresting to me and too average. "Elaine" and "World without a heart" for example would'nt I recommend to you.

As a unite this album is inferior to many other albums of this band. "The Flower Kings" has done many better constructions. This album lacks thoose wonderous tracks that lift the entire art to a rememberable unite. Now, this record will get three (weak) stars.

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 Space Revolver by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.83 | 421 ratings

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Space Revolver
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars This band, the Swedish symphonic orchestra "The Flower Kings" amazes me sometimes and sometimes makes me disappointed. However their music craves some times before you get a proper picture of it as full. "Flower Power" had great moments but with its enormous proportions it was hard to keep the interest. But it's different with "Space revolver" from 2000, the band's fifth album and in my eyes a very enjoyable album with both moments of strength and wonder. The format is long, as it uses to be with The Flower Kings but a little bit more "lagom"(not too much, not too little). I like the cover very much, it's pretty and very good painted. It shows strong colours and the design of the texts is also great. The musicians present are Roine Stolt(vocals, guitars, bass), Tomas Bodin(piano, organ, synthesizers, mellotrons), Hans Fröberg(vocals, guitar), Jonas Reingold(bass), Jamie Salazar(drums), Hasse Bruniusson(percussion, and more) and Ulf Wallander(soprano saxophone).

The record begins with the first part of the wonderful "I am the sun" which just as Shine on you crazy diamond both starts and concludes the album. I like the track very much and one ingredient that does something extra is Wallander's saxophone just as the wild guitars(8/10). The shorter "Dream on dreamer"(9/10) is amongst the album's best songs, also with saxophone and then follows a lot of songs with great quality but perhaps the best songs come in the end with "A Kings Prayer"(8/10) and the second part of "I am the Sun". But every minute on the album is worth listening and the band varies to play amongst jazz tunes, symphonic feelings or more pure rock features. I liked it the first time I listened to it, it lacks the broken up feeling I had on Flower Power. The Flower Kings don't change their sound very much and their songs often are just little variations on old melodical themes, but I have no problems with that. Though is my feelings towards this band very varied, some records do exactly fit in my taste and others don't.

I would recommend "Space revolver" also for listeners who aren't used to this band's music. If you just want to hear one song I would choose the long starter and ender. Four stars!

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 Flower Power by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.95 | 366 ratings

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Flower Power
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars This is in every way an interesting record. It is totally full of music and parts of it are awesome. I have to warm you beacuse the music needs time to be understood. There's so plenty of music minutes and every song needs to be heard some times before you judge it. "Flowerpower" from 1999 is The Flower Kings' fourth studio album, done two years after their third. It contains more than two hours of music and there, we you see that, immediately you wonder if the quality could be as great as you want to expect.

"Flowerpower" is a record of a lot of music, definitely much good tunes and wonderous compositions, but in some way there's is too much of it, the quality falls under the quantity. The music is very appealing to me and I guess this could grow but I feel that the parts, especially in "The Garden of Dreams" aren't coherent enough. That composition did I hear on the live record "Meet the Flower Kings" from 2003. There it was amazing, so vivid and amazing. Here it unfortunately was like a lot of separate parts quite randomly put together to a suite. Still I find it appealing and absolutely worth praise.

Instead I prefer the second CD with more separated songs where "Deaf, Numb and Blind" stands out as a lovely symphonic track just as "Magic Pie". Also "Psychadelic Postcard" appeals to me as special in many ways. I found the second CD more varied to. This band, made up by Roine Stolt(guitar, voice, keyboards), Tomas Bodin(keyboards), Hasse Fröberg(vocals), Michael Stolt(bass), Jaime Salazar(drums) and Hasse Bruniusson(percussion) has great talent and abilities to make interesting music. The music aren't directly acquirable but I recommend you to try it, at least two times. I will give Flower Power three stars today!

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 Retropolis by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.74 | 376 ratings

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Retropolis
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars The second studio album of The Flower Kings "Retropolis" which was recorded 1996 is the next album for me to review. It is a quite long lasting album with a lot of music to listen to. The present musicians are Roine Stolt(guitar, vocals, keyboards), Tomas Bodin(organ, piano, mellotron), Michael Stolt(bass), Hasse Bruniusson(percussion, drums), Jaime Salazar(drums and percussion), Hans Fröberg(vocals) and Ulf Wallander(soprano saxophone). You who know about how The Flower Kings uses to sound will recognize also this record. The cover shows a science fiction inspired picture of a futuristic city.

As I told you, the music is very typical for this band and I like a lot of what I hear. The main theme for example: "Retropolis" is very fine in many ways even without vocals and parts of the other songs are also very good. Though must I say the over all feeling of this music is that it is extended. It feels they have drawn out the music to been just long and so. I don't hear so much variation either. I am sorry but "Retropolis" didn't catch enough of my attention to be interesting. I would say this record proves some instrumental skills and good musicalic work but I lack both originality and creativity. It's strange with The Flower Kings' music because on record can be so good and another just stretched and boring.

It feels like the band was caught in their own world, stuck around some musical thoughts that already were over exploited. As I wrote, my feelings towards this band use to shift a lot. Not they're bad.

I think you must be a real fan of this band to get so much from this album. It is not extremely bad and parts of it are really good so this album will receive two stars from me!

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 The Rainmaker by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.47 | 335 ratings

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The Rainmaker
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by sinslice

3 stars Serious Dreamers to the rescue.

The Rainmaker is extensive and in many parts, bland . Indeed, except Serious Dreamers and a good part of City of Angels, in the rest of the songs are good sections and other uninspired or meaningless. Strangely, it is an album that loses interest with repeated listens and over time, contrary to most of the productions of The Flower Kings.

Last Minute on Earth and Road to Sanctuary (excellent in the quiet sections) could be part of the classic songs of this legendary band with an extensive discography , but do not contain intelligent musical arrangements are very long and uneven, stay halfway. City of Angels generates me best feelings, although not perfect. Serious Dreamers is one of my favorites of the band. The short tracks do not offer too; perhaps the most enjoyable are World Without a Heart and Blessing of a Smile.

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 Stardust We Are by FLOWER KINGS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.89 | 436 ratings

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Stardust We Are
The Flower Kings Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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4 stars ''Retropolis'' seemed to be a key album in The Flower Kings' discography, opening the gates of fame for the markets in Japan, South America, and North America.From this point on the band would be marked as a very prolific team, crowned as the king of double albums, starting from ''Stardust we are''.This work was recorded between December 96' and April 97' at the band's Foxtrot Mobile Recorders in Uppsala.They would again collaborate with ex-Nya Ljudbolaget Ulf Wallander on sax, while they also received help from Ensemble Nimbus' leader Hĺkan Almkvist on sitar and tabla.''Stardust we are'' was originally released on Foxtrot Records, but it was also distributed in Japan via Belle Antique.

''Stardust we are'' is a classic Flower Kings offering, stylistically grounded in the music of YES, GENESIS and KING CRIMSON with balanced use of vintage and modern keyboards and combining short, more accesible songs with longer, cinematic pieces full of demanding orchestrations, quirky executions and bombastic interplays.The album's length gives the chance to the band to explore some new music territories, especially during the second CD.As a result it contains some new-insterted ambiental soundscapes and Ethnic influences in a few pieces, not much suited to a work full of dense and grandiose musicianship, but again these cuts show The Flower Kings' extreme diversity and Roine Stolt's unique talent as a composer.Over 100 out of the 130 minutes of the contained music though will never escape from the principles and values of Classic 70's Prog.The music is absolutely great and often astonishing with jazzy and bluesy blips among an otherwise very symphonic-oriented material.Bodin's Mellotron and Hammond organ dominate the pieces with dark atmospheres and powerful passages, Stolt's guitar is flawless and flexible and the appropriate modern vibes will come through the massive synth soloing.The ability of the band to slip through so many different moods with comfort and consistency is absolutely scary, especially if considering the fact that their first few albums were released in a very short time.Classic Prog fans will love this work's epics.No less than 9 tracks are over 7 minutes long with symphonic and jazzy inspirations, highlighted by another monumental composition by the Swedish masters, the 25-min. title-track, a tour-de-force of melodic soundscapes, complex Progressive Rock and Classical-inspired preludes.

130 minutes of music are maybe too much to result an album with no dead holes.But at least half of ''Stardust we are'' is certainly incredible, well-crafted and elaborate Progressive Rock with apparent 70's hints.Highly recommended.

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