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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 523 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars Includes "I left my heart in San Francisco"!

It took me a while to get into this album, the first (and so far only) one I have bought by the Flower Kings. On the first few listens, I was only moderately taken by what seemed to be a fairly rambling, mainly jazz rock, collection. I'm starting to get it now though, there is some very good music here.

Already being familiar with the music of "super-group" Transatlantic, Roine Stolt's strong influence on both band's is apparent both in terms of his vocals, and his style of composition. He clearly likes to sing, and having such a strong influence, there's a lot of vocals! The instrumental work is however extremely accomplished. The lead guitar is in the Howe/Hackett vein, while the keyboards are more Wakeman/Emerson.

I could have done without the soprano sax noodling and "I left my heart in San Francisco" divergence on "I am the sun", but it is more than made up for by tracks such as "Underdog" and "A king's prayer". I feel at times the band are trying to be just that bit too clever, causing the music to sound a bit contrived, but in retrospect it was well worth persisting with this album, it's actually very good.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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