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« Reply #2850 on: Apr 10th, 2008, 5:15pm »

Well, I've had The Rainmaker since the start of the month and have not had much chance to listen to it really, but that doesn't matter as I enjoyed it right from the first play! (slightly disconcerting as that's never happened before with TFK!)

I ordered this album on the rebound as I was originally after Adam & Eve which was not available at the time - no complaints though, it's a cracker!, very accessible and full of life...definitely a top 5 TFK album at the moment for me cheesy

Like I say, it's a bit of a concern that I found a TFK album so easy to get into but right now I'm certainly not complaining! grin
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« Reply #2851 on: Apr 10th, 2008, 6:52pm »

on Apr 10th, 2008, 5:15pm, soldoutfad wrote:
Well, I've had The Rainmaker since the start of the month and have not had much chance to listen to it really, but that doesn't matter as I enjoyed it right from the first play! (slightly disconcerting as that's never happened before with TFK!)

I ordered this album on the rebound as I was originally after Adam & Eve which was not available at the time - no complaints though, it's a cracker!, very accessible and full of life...definitely a top 5 TFK album at the moment for me cheesy

Like I say, it's a bit of a concern that I found a TFK album so easy to get into but right now I'm certainly not complaining! grin


I wouldn't call it a concern, Fraser, The Rainmaker is one of the easiest Flower Kings albums to get into. Not as complex as much of their other work, more straightforward and song-based, yet still irritatingly catchy and rather good! cheesy
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« Reply #2852 on: Apr 11th, 2008, 01:12am »

on Apr 10th, 2008, 5:15pm, soldoutfad wrote:
Well, I've had The Rainmaker since the start of the month and have not had much chance to listen to it really, but that doesn't matter as I enjoyed it right from the first play! (slightly disconcerting as that's never happened before with TFK!)

I ordered this album on the rebound as I was originally after Adam & Eve which was not available at the time - no complaints though, it's a cracker!, very accessible and full of life...definitely a top 5 TFK album at the moment for me cheesy

Like I say, it's a bit of a concern that I found a TFK album so easy to get into but right now I'm certainly not complaining! grin

That's great Fraser. I thought you'd like it.

There are some cracking songs on there, both long and short. I think it gets unfairly criticized by some fans but that's mainly because people have been spoiled by how fab all of their other albums are.

I think you'll really like "Adam and Eve" as well because that album is in a similar vein to Rainmaker.

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« Reply #2853 on: Apr 11th, 2008, 02:38am »

Got Pin Up Guru in the car cd player at the moment grin
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« Reply #2854 on: Apr 11th, 2008, 02:49am »

on Apr 11th, 2008, 01:12am, Nov wrote:
That's great Fraser. I thought you'd like it.

There are some cracking songs on there, both long and short. I think it gets unfairly criticized by some fans but that's mainly because people have been spoiled by how fab all of their other albums are.

I think you'll really like "Adam and Eve" as well because that album is in a similar vein to Rainmaker.

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Interesting comment about Adam & Eve there Nov. I actually think A & E is closer to Paradox Hotel in style.
But they're all distinctively TFK, thank goodness! wink
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« Reply #2855 on: Apr 11th, 2008, 10:41am »

on Apr 11th, 2008, 02:38am, Narnialady wrote:
Got Pin Up Guru in the car cd player at the moment grin


Now there's a girl after my own heart! I've been playing "Pinup Guru" quite a bit lately, for a couple weeks now. Actually, I've been rotating three of his CDs, including "An Ordinary Night In My Ordinary Life" and "Sonic Boulevard," both equally as amazing.

My least favorite, though, is his latest, "I AM." I can't imagine what he was thinking having Anders Jansson on vocals. What I've loved about Tomas' music up till now is that its all been instrumental.

Click below and scroll down part way to listen to the entire second suite on "I AM." The music is nothing short of wonderful. Maybe I've not given this album the attention it deserves. http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=7751

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« Reply #2856 on: Apr 11th, 2008, 10:53am »

on Apr 11th, 2008, 10:41am, CountingOutTime wrote:
Now there's a girl after my own heart! I've been playing "Pinup Guru" quite a bit lately, for a couple weeks now. Actually, I've been rotating three of his CDs, including "An Ordinary Night In My Ordinary Life" and "Sonic Boulevard," both equally as amazing.

My least favorite, though, is his latest, "I AM." I can't imagine what he was thinking having Anders Jansson on vocals. What I've loved about Tomas' music up till now is that its all been instrumental.

Click below and scroll down part way to listen to the entire second suite on "I AM." The music is nothing short of wonderful. Maybe I've not given this album the attention it deserves. http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=7751

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IAM took me a few spins to get into it, but I love it now. Anders jansson's voice takes a little getting used to, but he can certainly sing, though some may not like his style of singing.
It's still a very good album though. Looking forward to his forthcoming new one. cheesy
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« Reply #2857 on: Apr 11th, 2008, 11:01am »

on Apr 11th, 2008, 10:53am, Chessman wrote:
IAM took me a few spins to get into it, but I love it now. Anders jansson's voice takes a little getting used to, but he can certainly sing, though some may not like his style of singing.
It's still a very good album though. Looking forward to his forthcoming new one. cheesy


I'll be looking forward to Tomas' next release as well, that's for sure, but whatever happened to Jonas Reingold's Karmakanic album that's been in the works for more than 2 years now? I love their first two albums "Entering The Spectra" and "Wheel Of Life." Click below to hear title track, "Wheel Of Life," in its entirety.
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« Reply #2858 on: Apr 12th, 2008, 08:41am »

Hi all,

TFK newbie here, so I can't add much but wanted to thank Nov for taking time to make a personal sampler CD for me.

First couple of listens and I wasn't too impressed; I particularly didn't like the vocals, which reminded me of my least favourite Yes (Rabin) era. However, there were some great melodies and the playing is excellent.

For those reasons but mainly because Nov, Nikki and others who share a lot of my musical tastes have said how much they like the band, I gave the CD another play this morning, after a month off. Still a long way from becoming a real fan but I did enjoy it much more and will be playing it a few more times, giving it a chance to grow on me.

Thanks again, Nov,

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« Reply #2859 on: Apr 12th, 2008, 11:47am »

on Apr 10th, 2008, 6:52pm, Chessman wrote:
I wouldn't call it a concern, Fraser, The Rainmaker is one of the easiest Flower Kings albums to get into. Not as complex as much of their other work, more straightforward and song-based, yet still irritatingly catchy and rather good! cheesy


OK...well, if that's the concensus then I won't be concerned anymore! wink

I didn't know it had that reputation - I knew it was one of the least favourite TFK albums, but thought that was due to it's alledged 'harder', 'rockier' edge...

...whatever - it works for me! smiley

I have The Rainmaker on rotation with In Absentia and Feel Euphoria at the moment - three brilliant albums from three wonderful groups grin
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« Reply #2860 on: Apr 12th, 2008, 1:26pm »

on Apr 11th, 2008, 01:12am, Nov wrote:
That's great Fraser. I thought you'd like it.

There are some cracking songs on there, both long and short. I think it gets unfairly criticized by some fans but that's mainly because people have been spoiled by how fab all of their other albums are.

I think you'll really like "Adam and Eve" as well because that album is in a similar vein to Rainmaker.

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You got that right Nov - some cracking songs on there...at the moment Sword of God is a stand-out track on this album...but the best of them just has to be Last Minute On Earth shocked...Love that big time - absolutely awesome! - marvelous tune, brilliant lyrics and powerfully delivered...I have to say I think it is right up there with the best of their stuff and one that I know I will be listening to for many years to come grin

If Adam and Eve is indeed similar then all I can say is - bring it on!!! cool cheesy grin
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« Reply #2861 on: Apr 12th, 2008, 1:50pm »

on Apr 12th, 2008, 08:41am, SteveHammond wrote:
Hi all,

TFK newbie here, so I can't add much but wanted to thank Nov for taking time to make a personal sampler CD for me.

First couple of listens and I wasn't too impressed; I particularly didn't like the vocals, which reminded me of my least favourite Yes (Rabin) era. However, there were some great melodies and the playing is excellent.

For those reasons but mainly because Nov, Nikki and others who share a lot of my musical tastes have said how much they like the band, I gave the CD another play this morning, after a month off. Still a long way from becoming a real fan but I did enjoy it much more and will be playing it a few more times, giving it a chance to grow on me.

Thanks again, Nov,

Steve


Welcome friend!...You are in good company here...

...your TFK journey has just begun and you are in for quite a ride!! cheesy

I hope you enjoy every minute of it like the rest of us have...

Glad to hear you gave the cd another go - this music rewards persistence!...most will tell you that TFK are a 'slow burn' - the longer it takes you to 'get into', the longer it will take you to get out of! - and that's got to be good! grin

What tracks did Nov put on your sample cd? (just curious to see if he varies the content - his choice was great for mine)

You mention sharing musical tastes with Nov & Nikki - What other groups are you into ?...surely you can't be into Limp Bizkit, N Sync and Menudo like those two !! shocked

Seriously - stick with it and you will soon become a real fan smiley

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« Reply #2862 on: Apr 12th, 2008, 3:31pm »

on Apr 12th, 2008, 1:26pm, soldoutfad wrote:
You got that right Nov - some cracking songs on there...at the moment Sword of God is a stand-out track on this album...but the best of them just has to be Last Minute On Earth shocked...Love that big time - absolutely awesome! - marvelous tune, brilliant lyrics and powerfully delivered...I have to say I think it is right up there with the best of their stuff and one that I know I will be listening to for many years to come grin

If Adam and Eve is indeed similar then all I can say is - bring it on!!! cool cheesy grin


'Sword Of God' is fantastic, isn't it? One of Hasse's best vocal performances, imo. And 'Last MInute On Earth' is a superb opener. My favourite is probably 'Serious Dreamers'; I just love the harmonies on the chorus, and Roine's trademark guitar playing, especially towards the end.
A fine album indeed. wink
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« Reply #2863 on: Apr 12th, 2008, 3:42pm »

on Apr 12th, 2008, 08:41am, SteveHammond wrote:
Hi all,

TFK newbie here, so I can't add much but wanted to thank Nov for taking time to make a personal sampler CD for me.

First couple of listens and I wasn't too impressed; I particularly didn't like the vocals, which reminded me of my least favourite Yes (Rabin) era. However, there were some great melodies and the playing is excellent.

For those reasons but mainly because Nov, Nikki and others who share a lot of my musical tastes have said how much they like the band, I gave the CD another play this morning, after a month off. Still a long way from becoming a real fan but I did enjoy it much more and will be playing it a few more times, giving it a chance to grow on me.

Thanks again, Nov,

Steve


Firstly, welcome Steve!
Always nice to see a new face on here. Hopefully, over the coming months, you can add a fresh slant on things. cheesy
So you share a lot of your musical tastes with Nov and Nikki do you? Just how many Westlife, Kylie & New Kids On The Block cds do you have? embarassed

Seriously, feel free to share your thoughts on TFK with us all. Whatever your views, we will be interested to hear what you have to say.
Come back soon. wink
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« Reply #2864 on: Apr 12th, 2008, 6:43pm »

on Apr 12th, 2008, 1:50pm, soldoutfad wrote:
Glad to hear you gave the cd another go - this music rewards persistence!...most will tell you that TFK are a 'slow burn' - the longer it takes you to 'get into', the longer it will take you to get out of! - and that's got to be good! grin

This is the difficulty for bands such as The Flower Kings. Their music demands several plays before you can start to appreciate it and that's a big ask when there's lots of other stuff to listen to. You have to rely on several people recommending them and the persuasive weight of a thread such as this.

I remember I hated "Close To The Edge" on first listen when I was about 15 but it was a friend who persuaded me to stick with it.

It's far less hassle to just listen once to a band like The Flower Kings and then forever afterwards tell people that they "didn't do it for me" or that they're "too overblown" or something.


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What tracks did Nov put on your sample cd? (just curious to see if he varies the content - his choice was great for mine)

Here's what I put on for Steve:

1) In The Eyes Of The World - (10:39)
2) Church Of Your Heart - (9:11)
3) The Magic Circus Of Zeb – (7:07)
4) Deaf, Numb and Blind – (11:11)
5) Man Of The World – (5:59)
6) Back In The World Of Adventures - (13:37)
7) A Kings’s Prayer – (6:02)
8) I Am The Sun (Part 2) – (10:39)


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You mention sharing musical tastes with Nov & Nikki - What other groups are you into ?...surely you can't be into Limp Bizkit, N Sync and Menudo like those two !! shocked

Limp Bizkit and N Sync are awesome but you forgot to mention our love for Slipknot.


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Seriously - stick with it and you will soon become a real fan smiley

Here's hoping wink

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