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« Reply #5175 on: Aug 6th, 2012, 11:21am »

on Aug 4th, 2012, 4:24pm, Chessman wrote:
Has everyone stopped listening to Banks Of Eden now? rolleyes

No!!

Loving it.

I definitely prefer it to TSONE and A&E but time will tell if it rises further up the TFK Nov album chart grin

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« Reply #5176 on: Aug 6th, 2012, 4:45pm »

on Aug 6th, 2012, 11:21am, Nov wrote:
No!!

Loving it.

I definitely prefer it to TSONE and A&E but time will tell if it rises further up the TFK Nov album chart grin



I am struggling with this album. There is a lot that sounds like previous works but nothing is there that rocks me like The Truth will set you free, Stardust we are or Church of the Heart. Time may tell but to my ears the last great album by the band was Unfold the Future and while there have been great moments in the subsequent albums, I feel that nothing has reached that level.
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« Reply #5177 on: Aug 7th, 2012, 07:40am »

on Aug 6th, 2012, 4:45pm, NedFlanders wrote:
I am struggling with this album. There is a lot that sounds like previous works but nothing is there that rocks me like The Truth will set you free, Stardust we are or Church of the Heart. Time may tell but to my ears the last great album by the band was Unfold the Future and while there have been great moments in the subsequent albums, I feel that nothing has reached that level.


Unfold The Future was a huge, ambitious work. It would be hard to top that one. Banks of Eden isn't in the same league as UTF, but I think that's also because the band is in a different place now than they were ten years ago when they did UTF.

...Good grief, has it really been ten years already? shocked

Anyway... grin I'm still enjoying BoE, although I don't know if it surpasses Sum of No Evil for me quite yet.
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« Reply #5178 on: Aug 9th, 2012, 12:15pm »

Wow, I think I am alone in my assessment of UTF. That album really does nothing for me sad

I find The Truth Will Set You Free to be too long and too repetitive, without one decent solo. There are two jazzy/improv tracks that I always skip. And a lot of the songs (Monkey Business, Genie in a Bottle, Fast Lane and Rolling the Dice) are too "basic" for me...more straight rock than prog rock.

On the plus side, I love Black and White and Silent Inferno, and think the "softer" songs (The Navigator, Vox Humana, Man Overboard, Solitary Shell) are gorgeous. So overall, I like about half of the album sad

What am I missing? What is the key to appreciating this album? I love everything else they put out.

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« Reply #5179 on: Aug 9th, 2012, 12:24pm »

Just had a Paradox Hotel marathon yesterday and OMG how stunning is Blue Planet? When Roine's slide guitar kicks in at 2:38 and leads to the solo...I get goosebumps (and maybe a stray tear!) Absolutely gorgeous. Then Tomas follows up on the piano, sounding very classical. But wait...Roine repeats the solo at 5:45 (causing another round of goosebumps!)

I also love how a lot of themes from Monsters and Men are reprised. M&M is one of my favourite Flower King "epic" songs.

LOVE this album!!! The Flower Kings are so freaking awesome!!! grin

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« Reply #5180 on: Aug 9th, 2012, 12:30pm »

on Aug 9th, 2012, 12:15pm, progfan wrote:
Wow, I think I am alone in my assessment of UTF. That album really does nothing for me sad

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On the plus side, I love Black and White and Silent Inferno, and think the "softer" songs (The Navigator, Vox Humana, Man Overboard, Solitary Shell) are gorgeous. So overall, I like about half of the album sad

Your first quote states that the album does nothing for you and the second states that you like half the album which is around 75 minutes of music - or a double LP in old money. That's a heck of a lot of music that you like on the album wink

So, is your glass half full or half empty? wink


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What am I missing? What is the key to appreciating this album? I love everything else they put out.

You can't force it Dave. Just like what you like and don't worry about it. TTWSYF is probably my favourite TFK track wink

Personally speaking, if UTF was just "Truth", "Inferno" and "Devil's Playground" it would be one of the greatest prog albums of all-time. I can take or leave some of it but over-all the variety, musical skill and compositions or just breath-taking.

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« Reply #5181 on: Aug 9th, 2012, 12:34pm »

on Aug 9th, 2012, 12:24pm, progfan wrote:
Just had a Paradox Hotel marathon yesterday and OMG how stunning is Blue Planet? When Roine's slide guitar kicks in at 2:38 and leads to the solo...I get goosebumps (and maybe a stray tear!) Absolutely gorgeous. Then Tomas follows up on the piano, sounding very classical. But wait...Roine repeats the solo at 5:45 (causing another round of goosebumps!)

Agreed wink

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I also love how a lot of themes from Monsters and Men are reprised. M&M is one of my favourite Flower King "epic" songs.

I also agree with this. I love M&M - it's a top 5 TFK track for me and I can't understand why some fans don't like it much wink

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The Flower Kings are so freaking awesome!!!

TOTALLY AGREE!!

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« Reply #5182 on: Aug 9th, 2012, 12:48pm »

on Aug 9th, 2012, 12:30pm, Nov wrote:
Your first quote states that the album does nothing for you and the second states that you like half the album which is around 75 minutes of music - or a double LP in old money. That's a heck of a lot of music that you like on the album wink

So, is your glass half full or half empty? wink





So true, Nov! I guess my complaint is that for me, the album has a LOT of filler. You're right, I can't force it. The band was in a particular frame of mind, a particular zone at the time, and it's just not one I care for, I guess!
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« Reply #5183 on: Aug 13th, 2012, 06:32am »


Look at this ridiculous review of "Banks of Eden" on Amazon.com from someone who bought the album expecting Oriental music:

http://www.amazon.com/Banks-Eden-Flower-Kings/product-reviews/B0080R7Q70/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R3K8SGPM9DCNT1

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« Reply #5184 on: Aug 13th, 2012, 07:38am »

on Aug 13th, 2012, 06:32am, Nov wrote:
Look at this ridiculous review of "Banks of Eden" on Amazon.com from someone who bought the album expecting Oriental music:

http://www.amazon.com/Banks-Eden-Flower-Kings/product-reviews/B0080R7Q70/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R3K8SGPM9DCNT1

huh

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That has always bugged me, when users post negative reviews for irrelevant reasons. Makes no sense. rolleyes
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« Reply #5185 on: Aug 14th, 2012, 06:52am »

on Aug 13th, 2012, 06:32am, Nov wrote:
Look at this ridiculous review of "Banks of Eden" on Amazon.com from someone who bought the album expecting Oriental music:

http://www.amazon.com/Banks-Eden-Flower-Kings/product-reviews/B0080R7Q70/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R3K8SGPM9DCNT1

huh

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Buying albums because of the artwork? That's an interesting concept. I've probably bought the occasional CD in spite of the artwork rolleyes
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« Reply #5186 on: Aug 14th, 2012, 08:03am »

on Aug 14th, 2012, 06:52am, AnotherAnt wrote:
Buying albums because of the artwork? That's an interesting concept. I've probably bought the occasional CD in spite of the artwork rolleyes


I used to do that in the early 80's when I was on the dole.There was a record shop in Manchester called "Yanks" and they sold records for anything from 25pence. We couldn't hear them to see what they sound like but we used to buy them if we liked the cover and hoped we'd find some gems. I remember a couple of bands name's that I bought was Stillwater and Fogg laugh
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on Aug 14th, 2012, 08:03am, supernatural wrote:
I used to do that in the early 80's when I was on the dole.There was a record shop in Manchester called "Yanks" and they sold records for anything from 25pence. We couldn't hear them to see what they sound like but we used to buy them if we liked the cover and hoped we'd find some gems. I remember a couple of bands name's that I bought was Stillwater and Fogg laugh


I did that, too. Got hold of one of my all time favourite albums that way:

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« Reply #5188 on: Aug 17th, 2012, 01:20am »

on Aug 14th, 2012, 12:29pm, slowdancer wrote:
I did that, too. Got hold of one of my all time favourite albums that way:

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You recommend this album then slowdancer?

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« Reply #5189 on: Aug 24th, 2012, 1:19pm »

Reingold Records are proud to announce that pianist Lalle Larsson will be opening up for The Flower Kings on their European tour in September.

The opening set will contain solo piano renditions of original compositions and will showcase Lalles unique playing style. This tour will be in promotion of Lalle´s new Weaveworld album "Nightscapes".

Lalle is mostly known for his keyboard work with bands such as Karmakanic and Agents of Mercy and he was voted top five "Best keyboard player" by the readers in Classic Rock presents Prog Magazine 2012.

Nightscapes will be available on tour and the album will be officially released in the beginning of October. Pre-orders will soon be available at Reingold Records.com.
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