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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.49 | 485 ratings

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Equality 7-2521
2 stars Adam & Eve seems to be a bit of a controversial issue among Flower King fans, so perhaps it was not the best place for me to start. Being told that if you like Yes, you'll dig The Flower Kings, I was incredibly disappointed with this album. The similarities to Yes aren't as blatant as one might think from word of mouth. The symphonic sound of many classic 70's bands is emulated for a rather safe listening experience. This would make for a great regressive album if not for the terrible poppy vocals. It's as if they laid down the music and then invited in Boston to do the vocals. They're all but intolerable with Daniel Gildenlow offering the only relief, but unfortunately he only serves a large role on two tracks, the best two on the album.

The two epics are really rather boring and nothing all too special. In between them we have two great tracks, and some filler. "Starlight Man" being the fillerist, yes I'm aware that's not a word. Its intro reminds me of Bad Company's "Shooting Star", and "Starlight Man" has about as much prog value as that song.

Take some interesting instrumental parts with horrible AOR vocals and you'll come out with this album. Boring at times, tolerable at others, and good for moments, maybe fans of the Flower Kings will enjoy this but it's obviously not for beginners.

Equality 7-2521 | 2/5 |


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