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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

4.04 | 600 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars I love the debut of this band... Ok, maybe the true debut of The Flower Kings were Roine Stolt's "The Flower King", but this is the first with the name of this fantastic band.

And the sings of identety of the band were here yet... The soft passages in the vein of Yes, the experimentation in the tradition of King Crimson, the jazz influences, some commercial and rockier tracks... And the unmistakeable personality of Roine Stolt, with his omnipresent, versatile and elegant guitar, and his soft and special voice. The best The Flower Kings's band were still to come, but the musicians here make it really well... Jaimer Salazar was a good drummer, and Michael Stolt is not Jonas Reingold (that's just impossible...), but he plays pretty good... And of course, the great keyboards of this fantastic music called Tomas Bodin are here. Really good work.

The style of the album is really variated, like every album The Flower Kings have made... Some tracks are just easy to listen, and really enjoyable, like Theme for a Hero, Train to Nowhere and My cosmic Lover... The experimentation comes with Atomic Prince / Kaleidoscope, Temple of the Snakes and The Wonder Wheel... Go West Judas is the typical Flower King's rock track, with good progressive parts. And of course, the best songs of the album are also the longer: World of Adventures and Big Puzzle, two great tracks wich give a clue of the long and wonderful epics The Flower Kings will make in the future.

Conclusion: not perfect, but a really good album... A must for every The Flower King's fan, and if you don't know this band, this isn't a bad place to start... Because the album is short and easy to listen. Beginning with longer albums like "Stardust You Are" or "Ulfold the Future" can be a little hard if you don't know this band. And the facts that will make this group famous are here... Maybe not so brilliant like later albums, but it's still a wonderful landing in the scene.

The Crow | 4/5 |


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