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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 564 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Definitly this is one of their best work since Space Revolver. and a much better efford then the previous one, the rather insipid and uninspired Paraddox Hotel. I was hoping for something good since I headr their ex drummer Zoltan Csörsz was back, together with founder member Hasse Brunniusson. But actually The Sum Of No Evil has exceeded my expctations (which, by the way, were not that high).

From the first notes of One More Time you can feel the difference from most of their recent releases. This album abounds on what they have been lacking so much: conviction. The band now plays with such a joy and energy you really cannot help but remember of their great works during the 1990´s. The symphonic sound (with great influences of Yes and King Crimson) is back in all its glory and Roine Stolt is again playing those trademark guitar solos that made him one of prog´s most celebrated latter-day heroes. His songwriting is again in full force. Ok, this is no Retropolis, neither Back To The World..., but, boy, does it comes close to their spirit! the overall sound is complex, melodic, creative and very well crafted.

It seems the muse is back: Roine and Hasse Frömberg vocals are soaring with passion and sincerity. Tomas Bodin´s keyboards are as sharp and creative as they used to be (lots of Hammond back again with some inspired mellotrons too). First two tracks are the best ones in a long time, but the rest, although not as strong, are very good too. And, surprise!, no filler at all. I really wish those guys keep delivering such strong stuff from now on.

Conclusion: their best after a long time. 4 stars at least (it´s hard to beat their strongest albums, I know). If you´re losing any hope you´d ever see another great album by this band (like me) give The Sum Of No Evil a shot. You won´t regret it. Highly recommended.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |


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