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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.71 | 482 ratings

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Biff Tannen
5 stars This is the Flower Kings at their best. This record is not as overly proggy as some of their other records - although they deliver some proggy goodness in songs like Monsters and Men, Pioneers of Aviation, Minor Giant Steps, and The Unorthodox Dancing Lesson - but it is certainly ranks near the top, if not at the top, when it comes to not only songwriting, but diversity and variety. You pretty much get a little bit of everything, and it makes for a wonderful listen.

I love that much of the album was written on piano and/or acoustic guitars, as it gives the record more of a simple, catchy feel, as opposed to feeling like you got bludgeoned with the prog non-stop. Not that all-out prog is bad, as it can be good when done well, but TFK has enough albums like that, so it is nice that they gave us this record with such different types of tunes on it. The fact that most of the tunes are outstanding makes it that much better. As a diehard TFK fan, not only do I consider this one of their essential records to have, but I feel it is a must-have for all prog fans, as it proves once again that prog doesn't have to be all crazy time sigs and long instrumental sections all the time to be great.

Biff Tannen | 5/5 |


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