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The Flower Kings


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3.86 | 546 ratings

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5 stars Space Revolver, what can I say about Space Revolver by The Flower Kings?

For starters, it contains my favorite epic (which coincidently doubles as my favorite song). I Am the Sun is the song that changed my opinion of The Flower Kings from 'good prog band' to one of my all time favorite bands and frankly, the only band that I consider in the same league as Genesis.

The song itself is a very personal song to me as I associated a certain amount of maturing with the song. I discovered the song around the time that my daughter was about to be born. At age 36, I wasn't sure about making the transition from 'somewhat self centered fly by the seat of the pants guy' to 'Dad'. As I struggled with the transition, I began to associate my own life with this song.

In the beginning it's a very hard rocking song all about the hero, the world revolves around him, he is the sun. The middle bit is a bit obscure, (I left my heart in San Francisco) but as with any great transition in one's life, there can be a certain amount of confusion. Finally we get to the 'baby elephant part', and the tone is happy acceptance. "Getting up in the early morning . . . I'm leaving today" I see as an acceptance of leaving one's old life, one's previous habits and mentality and headed on a new adventure.

I've sung the baby elephant part to my daughter repeatedly over the past year and a half to the point that she asks specifically for it and gets a little put out when I try to sing something else.

Well, I've delved a bit into my personal association with the main song, but still, any album bookended by the two halves of this amazing song warrants a five star rating.

"Rumble Fish Twist" is a bit odd for the first half, though it's rather catchy, "Monster Within" is an enjoyable track with a musical reference to "I am the Sun" that hits you out of no where. "The Chicken Farmer Song" is a happy jaunt. "You Don't Know What You've Got" features some great acoustic and harmonica work., finally, "A King's Prayer" is a great emotional piece.

I don't really have any low points of this album, the songs that I don't mention are simply less noteworthy than the rest of the album but still add to the general ambiance and joy of the album.

In sum, I give this masterpiece by The Flower Kings a full five star rating, if you're looking to explore The Flower Kings; this is a great place to start.

Roland113 | 5/5 |


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