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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.91 | 585 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars This album has the same problem that almost every double CD studio album I know: it has some songs that havenīt enough quality, and it appears to be artificially elonged...

The Flower Kings is a great band, no one canīt deny it. Roine Stolt is one of the best prog-minds from the 90īs. But he has this addiction to make too long albums, with some memorable songs, while other songs are just forgettable... I think that one album isnīt better if itīs longer. And "Stardust We Are" is a good example...

Songs that donīt allow this album being a masterpiece in my opinion: Just This Once (just a little boring and without soul song...), Compassion (very boring and with some extra final minutes really forgettable...), Pipes of Piece (songs like this make this album a little repetitive, because here we can hear the Stardust We Are main melody again, like in the whole album...), The End Of Innocence (like Just This Once, a song that make nothing for me...) and Hotel Nirvana (another silly trasition song...)

The rest of the record is pretty good, even excellent most of the time. But there are more things I miss in this album. First: Jonas Reingold, because Michael Stolt was a good bass player for the band, but Jonas Reingold is just an impressive player, one of the best Iīve heard! Second: more long songs, because I thing that itīs the best face of the Flowers. Third: more Hasse Frobergīs singing, because I prefer his voice than the Roine Stoltīs one.

The last thing I must comment of this album, is that it's an improvement im comparision with "Back in the World of Adventures" and "Retropolis", although this albums were excellent. Despite the forgettable moments, Stolt managed to improve the songwriting, offering his first long epic, Stardust We Are, the great highlight of the album!

Best songs: In the Eyes of the World (strong and dynamic opening... Powerful Salazar's drums here!) Church of Your Heart (a great keyboards work...), The Merrygoround (happy and very catchy song...), Don Of The Universe (beautiful guitar work...), Kingdom of Lies (commercial, but pretty enjoyable...) The Ghost of The Red Clowd (I just like it very much, I donīt know why. Itīs very evocative and you can really imagine this Ghost in the Clouds hearing the song...) and Stardust We Are (the epic of the album, with a memorable ending...).

Conclusion: without some forgettable songs, wich spoil part of the beauty this album has, I would have given this album the highest rating... But sorry, I can't. It's too long, even boring sometimes, despite its outstanding moments. Nevertheless, this is an improvement from the two previous The Flower King's releases, a very important moment in this band's career, and a strongly recommended album for all the symphonic prog lovers of the planet!!!

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |


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