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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

4.05 | 796 ratings

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Mr. Mustard
4 stars I can say without a doubt this is The Flower King's best album since Flower Power, and probably their most consistent work since Retropolis. While there is nothing standout on this album, there are no weak points either.

I will admit, however, that I was slightly underwhelmed by the epic. Numbers (8/10) is a good track, but it doesn't reach the same levels as 'Stardust We Are' or 'I Am the Sun.'

In my opinion, the following shorter tracks are even better than the epic. 'For the Love Of Gold' is in classic TFK style. Awesome melodies are abundant here along with some nice vocals from Roine and Hasse. Easily the best track of the album and one of TFK's best as well. (10/10)

'Pandemonium' (8/10) is another great track featuring some interesting distorted vocals, and For Those About To Drown (8/10) sounds like it could have appeared on Roine Stolt's 'The Flower King.'

'Rising the Imperial' (6/10) is a good conclude to a great album. While not as good as the preceding songs, this one does feature Hasse passionately belting out the vocals.

What I like about this album is that they're not afraid to explore a slightly darker side, and the sound is slightly harder than some of their past albums. As far as vocals, normally I prefer Roine, but Hasse is simply at the top of his game here. Also, I believe the shorter format really benefits these guys. Their double albums usually seem to be filled with amazing material along with some not so amazing material, which makes for a rather inconsistent listen. This album really doesn't have any weak moments, which truly begs the question: How do Roine and company do it?


Mr. Mustard | 4/5 |


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