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« Reply #1800 on: Oct 29th, 2007, 4:19pm »

More amazing pics, Dave. Where do you get them from? Do you trawl all TFK sites, looking for new and unusual photos?
Looks like a nice intimate setting indeed. But...on the crowd shot, what's the pink thing hanging on the ceiling? And where has it escaped from? grin
Tomas looks like he's sitting on a sofa! And note the trendy lamp shade in the corner!
It's great to think that a band like TFK are willing and happy to play in, let's say, unusual settings!
They are happy just letting their music do the talking. They don't need flashy light shows or gimmicks. (Though their light shows are usually impressive, of course!!) Cheers Dave! cheesy
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« Reply #1801 on: Oct 29th, 2007, 4:24pm »

The problem I'm having with tsone is I can't remember the songs after I've heard them. Tracks one and two are great but they aren't hooking me in. I need to listen to it for a few more times.

BTW Bass Pedals? Surely right at the beginning of track one?

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« Reply #1802 on: Oct 29th, 2007, 4:30pm »

on Oct 28th, 2007, 3:15pm, demolition man wrote:
I've been playing the new album quite this weekend and I love it!

So I thought about The Road back Home and giving this some serious attention.

Boy I really must get the album: "Stardust We Are"
I love "Ghost Of The Red Cloud" and the great vocal work on "Stardust We Are". Not too sure about Compassion though, I'll need to give this some more spins smiley


Don't worry, Colin, that track's a 'grower'. I was never too sure about it at first. But the more I listened to it, the more it grew on me. And when you receive 'Stardust We Are' and you hear Compassion on there - last track, first disc - you'll hear a rather extended version, with some very effective knob twiddling from Tomas.
I'm certain you'll love 'Stardust We Are'. It's a brilliant album. wink
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« Reply #1803 on: Oct 29th, 2007, 4:58pm »

Thanks Carl, I'm sure you're right.

Steve, spot on about not remembering the tracks. It's exactly the same for me. TFK's take an age to register titles against music, probably because they are complex pieces of work and tend to flow from track to track.

Regarding the title track of the new album, this is awesome and becoming my favourite track wink

Incredible band......Nov you were right all along. Probably in my top 10 bands right now smiley
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« Reply #1804 on: Oct 29th, 2007, 5:05pm »

I meant that some tracks just register immediately. I am the Sun, Paradox Hotel, Monsters and Men (really!) Life will kill you (great track), Mommy Leave the Light on, Grand Old World grin but nothing from TSONE seems to have a really memorable hook. It sound absolutley gorgeous though.

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« Reply #1805 on: Oct 30th, 2007, 04:36am »

on Oct 29th, 2007, 5:05pm, lucius wrote:
I meant that some tracks just register immediately. I am the Sun, Paradox Hotel, Monsters and Men (really!) Life will kill you (great track), Mommy Leave the Light on, Grand Old World grin but nothing from TSONE seems to have a really memorable hook. It sound absolutley gorgeous though.

Exactly how I feel.

I'm getting there after about 30 spins though wink

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« Reply #1806 on: Oct 30th, 2007, 04:37am »

on Oct 29th, 2007, 4:24pm, lucius wrote:
BTW Bass Pedals? Surely right at the beginning of track one?

Yep, you're right.

I listened to it in the car yesterday and it came booming through loud and clear.

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« Reply #1807 on: Oct 30th, 2007, 11:12am »

on Oct 29th, 2007, 4:58pm, demolition man wrote:
Thanks Carl, I'm sure you're right.

Steve, spot on about not remembering the tracks. It's exactly the same for me. TFK's take an age to register titles against music, probably because they are complex pieces of work and tend to flow from track to track.

Regarding the title track of the new album, this is awesome and becoming my favourite track wink

Incredible band......Nov you were right all along. Probably in my top 10 bands right now smiley


I w as going to ask you that Colin, where you'd place TFK at the moment amongst your favourites. Of course, I didn't think they'd make your top five, but it's good to know they are in your top ten.
They're like a box of Roses - they grow on you! (Remember those adverts, with Norman Vaughan?) grin

Actually, by the title track, do you mean 'The Sum Of no Reason'? If so, that is currently my least fave on the album, but I still like it! wink
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« Reply #1808 on: Oct 30th, 2007, 1:02pm »

Yes I like the title track.

I played Space Revolver today twice throughout on my Ipod.
My goodness, I gonna need to revise my favourite TFK album list. Listening again right now. smiley

Rumble Fish Twist is a top track. Also A Kings Payer.
Heck! They're all great.
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I just found this review of the new album (on one of the prog sites) from a newcomer to TFK.

I think he likes it wink


5 Stars

Way back in the days of old (I may be ancient but I have the musical heart of a teenager) groups like Yes or Mahavishnu Orchestra would put out a new album and it would take even their diehard fans weeks to wrap their brains around it and eventually come to fathom its soul. It’s been a long time since that’s happened but, with my acquisition of “The Sum of No Evil,” I have experienced that phenomenon again. I knew of The Flower Kings from this site but until I heard Roine Stolt’s exceptional guitar work with Transatlantic I was never inclined to delve into their catalogue of music. I figured I’d start with their newest release and then work backwards if I liked what I heard.

After the first run-through I didn’t even know if I liked it or not, much less whether it was good. My initial thought was that their stuff was complicated just for complication’s sake. Wrong. I stuck with it, peeling back the layers one by one and now I consider it to be a masterpiece of symphonic progressive rock. Without intimating in any way, shape or form that they are some kind of a derivative copy-cat band, imagine combining the orchestral sensibilities of Yes and Genesis with the eclectic notions of Frank Zappa and the jazz/rock fusion leanings of Return to Forever and you’ll have an inkling of what this album incorporates. This is some kind of amazing, my friends.

They start things off with what may be the best cut on the album, the fantastic “One More Time.” Within seconds you are greeted with a memorable theme roaring straight at you in state-of-the-art high fidelity as these guys strap you into a roller coaster ride that is full of twists and turns. Before you know it you’re cruising through a jazzy section that features incredible dynamics and an arrangement of varied musical ideas that almost defies description. One look at the album art will tell you that there’s a nostalgic 60s aura floating about but in most cases that spirit is confined to the lyric content so try not to roll your eyes when you hear lines like “play that song just one more time/and we’ll bring back memories/of kingdoms in the sun.” Once you get on board with the framework it’s presented in it doesn’t seem so corny after all. Again, I urge the listener to be patient and give all of this time to sink in. The melodies are intricate and unconventional but as you grasp the totality of what they are doing you start to discern the forest from the trees. Trust me.

“Love is the Only Answer” is the longest epic here and the hardest thing for me to get used to at the outset was the rougher vocal style of Hasse Froberg in contrast to Roine’s smooth singing. It’s different, that’s for sure, but in no way is it bad. Early on I would urge you to notice the fine bass guitar tones and stylizations of Jonas Reingold throughout the proceedings. After a heavy section Ulf Wallander’s soprano saxophone is a wonderful surprise. Stolt has an admirable Frank Zappa attitude towards guitar leads and it makes the jazz/rock interlude he plays over a magical moment. Things get quieter, then the drums lead you into a synthesizer sequence from Tomas Bodin that would rival anything by Rick Wakeman. Without Tomas’ exceptional contributions from beginning to end this album wouldn’t be anything close to being as great as it is. He is a master. An aggressive vocal section ensues where lightning-fast Zappa-ish lines zip hither and yon before Roine steps forward and delivers a blazing, passionate guitar lead that will curl your hair. The fluid soprano sax flourish at the end just goes to show that you’ll never get a chance to become bored with this album because you never know what’s coming next.

“Trading My Soul” is a drop-dead gorgeous ballad. Bodin’s cavernous keyboards give the song a huge atmosphere that fits perfectly in this tune about a death dream. Froberg’s raspy vocal is well-suited for lines like “not the end, but I sense it is near/I’m in limbo between earth and sky/I can see all your houses from here/but don’t you tell me that this is dying,” he pleads. But it is Stolt’s emotional guitar solo that will pin you to the wall. It is riveting and not to be missed.

“The Sum of No Reason” is next and it’s refreshing to hear Roine’s velvety vocals again. Here the group seems to channel a King Crimson vibe (always a good thing) as they assume an edgier stance and sprinkle tight, stabbing accents all around. Again, it’s nearly impossible to put into words how awesome what this band is doing sometimes but you’ll encounter passages that just make you shake your head in wonder and this track has several of them. It “takes a lot of strength to stay insane,” he sings but I can assure you that this is far from crazy. It borders on genius.

Bodin’s instrumental, “Flight 999 Brimstone Air” offers a bit of levity at this point with its cosmic Star Trek-styled theme but there’s nothing frivolous about the drum performance of Zoltan Csorsz at all. He is spectacular throughout the CD and here he gets to shine. He demonstrates that he belongs in the upper echelon of prog percussionists without a doubt. The whole piece culminates in a big time, over-the-top concert ending.

Rolling jungle drums provide the intro to “Life in Motion,” an epic cut that brings to mind the glory days of Yes. That’s not a compliment I bestow lightly, I assure you, but this group deserves the honor. I won’t go into more adjective-filled details but I can tell you that it’s brilliant. It embodies all the superb qualities of the band’s individual musicians and the song structure is challenging yet rewarding when it sinks into your psyche after repeated listens. The tune climbs higher and higher in intensity until they reach the peak with the heart-felt chorus of “it’s like coming home, coming home again/the further we go, the closer we come/there’s one chance for everyone/one love/one heart/one chance.” It’s hard not to feel inspired once the gigantic finale fades away into the distance.

If their older material is as impressive as this release then I’ve got some investing to do, I can tell you that. I had no idea these Swedes were this fantastic. According to the liner notes they recorded it in one month. Good grief! I’ll wrap this review up by saying this album is as good as it gets in symphonic prog and if that’s your bag then you should have this in your collection. It will blow you away.

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« Reply #1810 on: Oct 30th, 2007, 9:27pm »

on Oct 30th, 2007, 6:16pm, Nov wrote:
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I just found this review of the new album (on one of the prog sites) from a newcomer to TFK.

I think he likes it wink



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« Reply #1811 on: Oct 31st, 2007, 07:40am »

I suspect personally that that reviewer is erring on the side of caution.
It would appear that the album has made some impression on him though! wink grin
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« Reply #1812 on: Oct 31st, 2007, 07:54am »

on Oct 30th, 2007, 1:02pm, demolition man wrote:
Yes I like the title track.

I played Space Revolver today twice throughout on my Ipod.
My goodness, I gonna need to revise my favourite TFK album list. Listening again right now. smiley

Rumble Fish Twist is a top track. Also A Kings Payer.
Heck! They're all great.


This is typical behaviour in a FK fan. You don't play one of their cds for a while, and when you finally do, you remember just how good it is and think it must be your fave, until you pull out another that hasn't been played for a while, and then that's your fave, etc etc...

RumbleFishTwist: great instrumental! One of my favourites. A Kings Prayer is also good, but not one of my personal favourites. smiley
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« Reply #1813 on: Oct 31st, 2007, 12:35pm »

on Oct 31st, 2007, 07:54am, Chessman wrote:
This is typical behaviour in a FK fan. You don't play one of their cds for a while, and when you finally do, you remember just how good it is and think it must be your fave, until you pull out another that hasn't been played for a while, and then that's your fave, etc etc...

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This can also be said for Karmakanic and Kaipa CDs. I've been listening to both Karmakanic CDs this morning, after a long hiatus, and they absolutely incredible. That reminds me, they're supposed to be releasing their third album sometime soon. C'mon Jonas, let's get the ball rolling dude!

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« Reply #1814 on: Oct 31st, 2007, 1:58pm »

on Oct 31st, 2007, 12:35pm, CountingOutTime wrote:
C'mon Jonas, let's get the ball rolling dude!

Err.....don't you think he's a tad busy with The Flower Kings at the moment rolleyes wink

Actually, I know that new Karmakanic and Tomas Bodin albums are more or less ready but certainly Tomas has been asked to push the release date back so that it doesn't clash with this bout of Flower Kings activity. Probably the same for Jonas.

I hope they don't get too frustrated with TFK always coming first.

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