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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.73 | 492 ratings

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4 stars I find this album to be one of the best in The Flower Kings' catalog. Despite all the hand wringing and stomping about by many who feel that this is a rip-off of classic seventies prog, it is, in fact, an album in true Flower Kings style. True, there are bits and pieces, mostly vintage instrument tones that may remind one of the seventies bands, but there are no borrowed riffs or melodies. The most I could find are a few lyrical phrases in The Road Back Home that were pulled from the classics.

I particularly enjoy Retropolis, the title track (obviously), a fantastic instrumental, one of the best the band has ever performed. And The Judas Kiss is great,far superior to the live recording released a few years later. And the aforementioned The Road Back Home moves me. Because to me the road back home does lead to seventies prog.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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