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PARADOX HOTEL

The Flower Kings

 

Symphonic Prog

3.71 | 549 ratings

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5 stars There are a lot of songs on this great double album of TFK and they are very diverse in quality at least where my personal taste is concerned. So I will judge them individually without too much comment on every song. 1. Check in: short and not too intersting opening of the album, 2 stars. 2. Monsters & Men: Simple: one of the best songs EVER, incredible composition. So brilliant, especially the build up. Fantastic climax. Some of the elements in other song are brought together in this classic epic. Amazing. Can only be 5 stars. 3. Jealousy: short ballad, quite nice but nothing more. 2.5 stars 4. Hit me with a hit: common song, not too special. 3 stars 5. Pioneers of Aviation: original song, particularly in the beginning. Good, 3.5 stars. 6. Lucy had a dream: another ballad. Although TFK's ballads are ok I'm not too fond of them (just personal). 2.5 stars 7. Bavarian skies: Some strange vocals in this one. Gloomy song. 2.5 stars 8. Selfconsuming fire: this one's better. Good build up of the composition. 3.5 stars 9. Mommy leave the light on. Yet another ballad. See above. 2.5 stars 10. End on a high note. This is one of the highlights. A great varied song, TFK how I like them best. 4.5 stars

1. Minor giant steps: More or less like the previous one, only slightly less. 4 stars 2. Touch my heaven: this is my cup of tea, incredible guitarwork by Roine in the second part of the song. 5 stars 3. The onorthodox dancing lesson: strange one, not my thing. 2 stars 4. Man of the world: average song by TFK standards. Good nor bad. 3 stars 5. Life will kill you: another one like Touch my heaven, less compelling but with more spirit. 5 stars 6. The way waters are moving: simple song, not much. 2.5 stars 7. What if God's alone: best ballad, original lyrics. Makes you think. 3 stars 8. Paradox Hotel: pretty rough one for TFK standards, somewhat commercial too. 3.5 stars 9. Blue planet: nice mellow conclusion of a very diverse double album. 4 stars Since my way of judging is: when 3 or more songs are of the 5 star category it gets 5, so this gets the full 5.

progrules | 5/5 |

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