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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.74 | 490 ratings

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3 stars Well honestly I have to remark that FLOWER KINGS have never changed their "Retro-style", seventies oriented, and the sound has never been modern unfortunately. Even though the track "The Meltin Pot" alone makes this work checking out at least, but also the epic monumental intro of the title track, thanks to a remarkable Mellotron and an epic excursion as well by Roine Stolte on the electric guitar, much in the vein of "The Eleventh Earl of Mar" by Steve HACKETT, naturally within the album "Wind and Wuthering'" (the last progressive effort by GENESIS). Instead the track "There is More to this World" is the meeting between ELP and the early GENESIS, a mini-suite which is almost completely derivative. At the end "Flora Majora" is a typical accessible New-Progressive effort, enriched with a good keyboards' solo in the final section, while "Road Back Home" points out the attempt of Roine Stolte of singing in the vein of John Wetton. Recommended, even though it is not completely essential and you could even erase an half star at least!!
lor68 | 3/5 |


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