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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.50 | 532 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Cloud Bursting

When it comes to progressive rock, we should be grateful to the Flower Kings and their peers for continuing to produce fine examples of the genre. I don't always fully appreciate what they do, but their music can at times be a beacon shining to guide the good ship Music back to a safe port(!).

The first track, "Last minute on earth", is an excellent opener, lyrically strong, and with some fine guitar and keyboards. At times, the FKs can try too hard to be progressive, and "Road to Sanctuary" may be a case in point. It is not a bad track, but many of the time changes do not flow well together, as if various themes have been randomly linked just in order to make one long track. The title track is a lovely instrumental with orchestral overtones, and a "Bolero" feel.

For me, Stolt's vocals are the weakest part of the FK's, a point which becomes even more apparent on "City of angels", a track I find to be quite stunning instrumentally. "Sword of God" is surprisingly commercial, a melodic rock song indeed. The band need two instrumental tracks afterwards to get over the shock! The final track, "Serious dreamers" restores normality, although even it has shades of Steely Dan.

In summary, some very good work appears here, but the quality control could at times be a bit tighter.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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