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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

4.05 | 547 ratings

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4 stars Back in the World of Adventures is the debut album from Swedish symphonic prog rock band The Flower Kings. Main composer, guitarist and singer Roine Stolt made a solo album called The Flower King in 1994 were many of the musicians in the lineup for Back in the World of Adventures were also featured. After it was learned that The Flower King was a success Roine Stolt and some of the musicians who participated on that album decided they would make a real band called The Flower Kings.

Itīs hard to say if Back in the World of Adventures sounds more like a band effort because the style is very similar to the style that was played on The Flower King. Retro Symphonic prog rock influenced by the great symphonic prog bands from the seventies. Yes, Genesis, King Crimson etc..etc... The Flower Kings is also clearly influenced by Frank Zappa and other avant garde rock bands even though itīs not the dominant influence in their sound. Seventies hard rock bands like Uriah Heep and Deep Purple are also great influences.

Back in the World of Adventures has many great songs like the wonderful opener World of Adventure, the intense Go West Judas and the great epic Big Puzzle. Instrumental songs like Atomic Prince/ Kaleidoscope and Theme for a Hero are also good songs while I could have been without the happy My Cosmic Lover. There are also a couple of shorter instrumental songs spread throughout the album but Iīm not too impressed by those short songs which works like interludes between the longer songs more than working on their own. They are a bit too ambient for me.

The musicianship is excellent. The Flower Kings are a perfect unit. Despite what many other reviewers think I think Roineīs voice is great. Pleasant and soothing. His guitar solos are melodic yet challenging. Tomas Bodin is a great addition to The Flower Kings sound with all his vintage keyboard sounds. The rythm section which consists of Michael Stolt ( Roineīs brother) on bass, Jaime Salazar on drums and Hasse Bruniusson ( Samla Mammas Manna) on percussion is excellent. What fireworks they create together.

The production is excellent. Warm and pleasant.

Back in the World of Adventures is not my favorite Flower Kings album but itīs certainly a great album that deserves 4 stars. This is highly recommended to fans of seventies symphonic prog rock.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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