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Topic: The Flower Kings Best Album
Posted By: Lofcaudio
Subject: The Flower Kings Best Album
Date Posted: February 23 2014 at 16:57
I've avoided The Flower Kings for years, but on a whim bought Desolation Rose and found that I liked it a lot.  What is your favorite album of theirs?

Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: February 23 2014 at 17:02
Best : Unfold the Future

Fave : Space Revolver

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Date Posted: February 23 2014 at 17:06

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Posted By: Lofcaudio
Date Posted: February 23 2014 at 17:07
Originally posted by Barbu Barbu wrote:

Best : Unfold the Future

Fave : Space Revolver

Well played.

Posted By: Mr. Mustard
Date Posted: February 23 2014 at 19:01
Definitely the first. I'll never understand all the love for Unfold, actually anything between Space Revolver and TSoNE.


Posted By: Progosopher
Date Posted: February 23 2014 at 20:11
Just got Stardust We Are but have only heard it once. It could perhaps take the place of my current favorite, Space Revolver, but I will reserve judgment until I am more familiar with it.

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Posted By: ghost_of_morphy
Date Posted: February 23 2014 at 20:49
Very, very tough.... I went with Stardust today but could see myself backing Space Revolver as well.


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: February 24 2014 at 01:40
I have 6 of those albums including the 2 that are getting most votes but I voted Banks Of Eden. Great comeback album with Desolation Rose only a very slightly disappointing follow up ( but still good). 

Posted By: genbanks
Date Posted: February 24 2014 at 18:27
From what I was listen of TFK, the best IMO is the debut one, great album

Posted By: proggman
Date Posted: February 25 2014 at 19:04
All albums are good. I'll vote for the first one.

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Posted By: Roj
Date Posted: February 28 2014 at 07:54
The best disc they ever released is Flower Power disc one.  Disc two pales in comparison but even if you prefer to use disc two as a beermat (it really isn't at all bad though) the album is still a 5-star jobby thanks to the genius of Garden of Dreams.

If you want the most consistently brilliant album with no weak points look no further than Space Revolver.

Posted By: Svetonio
Date Posted: March 01 2014 at 01:11
Stardust We Are

Posted By: Earwigger
Date Posted: November 16 2014 at 21:51
Adam & Eve does not seem to get a lot of love, but I think the songwriting and originality of that album set it apart from the rest.  I didn't like it at first, but it has grown to be my favorite.  Paradox Hotel would be my least favorite.  Banks of Eden is my favorite newer one.

Posted By: Drew
Date Posted: November 16 2014 at 22:01
Space Revolver

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Posted By: LearsFool
Date Posted: November 16 2014 at 22:19
Banks of Eden or Desolation Rose. The band had a flying start, slumped in the '00's, and now have come back with a refined and what might be called matured sound. For me, hard to choose between the two recent ones.

Posted By: Xonty
Date Posted: November 17 2014 at 12:20
From the ones I've heard, Banks Of Eden. Prefer their more modern stuff.

Posted By: miamiscot
Date Posted: November 23 2015 at 17:54
1) Stardust We Are 9.5/10
2) The Sum Of No Evil 9.5/10
3) Space Revolver 9/10
4) Banks Of Eden 9/10
5) Unfold The Future 8.5/10
6) Flower Power 8/10
7) Desolation Rose 8/10
8) Adam & Eve 7.5/10
9) Paradox Hotel 7.5/10
10) Retropolis 7/10
11) The Rainmaker 7/10
12) Back In The World Of Adventures 6.5/10
The Flower Kings are one of my favorite bands ever (definitely Top 5) but I don't understand all the rave reviews for the first album. Besides "Big Puzzle" it's always left me cold. And the lack of love for The Sum Of No Evil is bewildering. That album is so great. But that is one of the cool things about them - it seems every fan has a different favorite album!

Posted By: sublime220
Date Posted: November 23 2015 at 17:57
Flowa Powa

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Posted By: Kati
Date Posted: November 23 2015 at 20:34
Roine Stolt's first solo album, prior to band official formation, The Flower King.   

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Posted By: Terra Australis
Date Posted: November 23 2015 at 21:07
Originally posted by Barbu Barbu wrote:

Best : Unfold the Future

Fave : Space Revolver

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Posted By: King Manuel
Date Posted: November 25 2015 at 12:13
Originally posted by Barbu Barbu wrote:

Best : Unfold the Future

Fave : Space Revolver

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Posted By: O666
Date Posted: November 25 2015 at 12:54
Unfold the Future

Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: November 25 2015 at 13:07
It's interesting that the first and the most recent two have higher PA ratings yet on this poll Stardust and Unfold are winning.
Back In The World has always been one of my favorites by them but it was the first I heard.....yet I voted Stardust.....haven't bought any by them since Unfold.

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Posted By: The Dark Elf
Date Posted: November 25 2015 at 17:32
Stardust We Is.

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Posted By: miamiscot
Date Posted: November 25 2015 at 21:40
There seems to be a prevailing thought that TFK's more recent stuff is somehow inferior to their earlier LP's - and this is poppycock. All twelve albums (thirteen if you count that first Stolt solo album) are fantastic in their own right.
And I have been listening to Back In The World Of Adventures all day today and I might have to revise my rating on it - upwards. It's better than I once thought. Still not their best but damned good.

Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: November 26 2015 at 10:30
For me there is a sameness to their albums that don't allow for enough variety overall. They are all uniformly good.....but after playing one or two I often have trouble differentiating between albums. They have been prolific since they came on the scene and Stolt of course does side projects like Transatlantic.
Perhaps a bit too prolific in the end.
I just listened to some tracks from Eden and Rose....good stuff , but again to my ears it could be from earlier works. It all blends into one huge album.

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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: November 26 2015 at 10:51
None of the above


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Posted By: addictedtoprog
Date Posted: November 26 2015 at 11:07
I hav heard some TFK recently...i think i cud hav been a huge TFK fan had i listened to them 2 years ago. Not now.
Nevertheless they r very gud in what they do. Its just me i guess.

Posted By: Tom Ozric
Date Posted: November 27 2015 at 13:55
I only have 6 of these, but Stardust We Are has everything I love about these guys.

Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: November 27 2015 at 14:04
Still haven't made it all the way through an album of theirs. Not my bag I guess.

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Posted By: Meltdowner
Date Posted: November 27 2015 at 14:10
Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Still haven't made it all the way through an album of theirs. Not my bag I guess.
It would certainly be easier if their albums had decent lenghts Confused

Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: November 27 2015 at 14:15

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