The Flower Kings

Info about The Flower Kings
Country Sweden
Added By Mike
14 years ago
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1995-2013 Rock
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http://www.myspace.com/cosmiclodge
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8.4 x20
Nordic Eclectic Retro Prog Rock/Pop
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32 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, two users rate it lower. 23 users think it is prog, one user thinks it is merely related to prog and nobody thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 170 studio tracks by The Flower Kings.
Track durations range from 28s to 31m 01s, averaging at 6m 50s with a standard deviation of 5m 02s.
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Comment by J-Man 9 years ago
The Flower KingsListen - The Sum of No Evil 2007
9.5
Symphonic Prog Rock
Quite possibly my favorite Flower Kings album! Every song is great, and this is one of my favorite albums ever!
Comment by Mike 11 years ago
The Flower KingsListen - The Sum of No Evil 2007
7.6
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
A solid album, but it's really just "more of the same". It's not progressive in the literal sense ... and I can't find any highlights.
Review by zitro 11 years ago <Permalink>
The Flower KingsListen - The Sum of No Evil 2007
9.3
Another stroke of genius. Vastly different from their darker and highly melodic Paradox Hotel and a nod to the jazz of Space Revolver, the happiness of Stardust we are, and the positive melody-writing of Adam and Eve. This album completely kicks out their tendencies to make an album-flow with short songs, intermissions and interludes. Instead, this is just a a set of long songs that stand on their own. Also, most of the acoustic delicacy and mainstream qualities and completely gone, which is both a positive and negative thing: it depends on your musical tastes. If you tend to enjoy more the easier-digested neo-prog and classic rock (not necessarily prog), this might be bad news. This album is very bombastic and has a big big sound and really does give you any breaks to catch your breath. It's constantly bombarding you with intense music, whether happy or dark. Oh yea, this album is most of the time extremely positive, so if you're into the depressing tone of Pink Floyd, and Porcupine tree, the sugary flower-power, peace-love for all tone in most of the disc might turn you off. Also, another warning is the inaccessible notion of "The Sum of No Evil"; it is very complex and sometimes choppy, which actually made me conclude that this was by far their worst effort in the first three listens. This album contains some of the best moments of the Flower Kings which unfortunately may not always gel together or are consistently on the same lever to create a masterpiece like Space Revolver, and suffer from some bad lyrics.
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Comment by Dirk
The Flower KingsListen - Paradox Hotel 2006
8.1
Prog-Related
Great new release by the Flower kings. More reminiscent of
"Stardust we are" than of more recent releases like Unfold the
future and Adam and Eve. Their best album since Space revolver
(together with Unfold the future perhaps, this album being so
complex that i'm still not sure about the end evaluation here).
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Review by Dirk 13 years ago <Permalink>
The Flower KingsListen - Stardust We Are 1999
8.5
Prog
From the 4 double cd's this is definitely the most consistent and also the most accessible effort. the first cd is great with only the track "just this once" falling somewhat short.

The second cd is also very good. Tracks like "pipes of peace", "Don of the universe" and "Hotel Nirvana" introduce the main tune of the great epic "Stardust we are part 1"

The Flower Kings come higly recommended and this is the album to begin with.
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Comment by Dirk
The Flower KingsListen - Space Revolver 2000
8.4
Prog
Generally I skip track's 5-7 the rest of the album is
fantastic. the first track is one of the best pieces of music i've
ever heard.
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Review by Dirk 13 years ago <Permalink>
The Flower KingsListen - Flower Power 1999
8.1
Prog-Related
The first 18 tracks are part of one concept called the Garden of dreams, Afterlife and Power of kindness are reflections of the tunes played in Garden of dreams and could have been added to this song.

Listening to Garden of dreams i always get the feeling of being in
another fairytale world. One of the best 60 minutes of music i know.

The second cd is not nearly as good but there are some good moments here and it's always listenable.
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
The Flower KingsListen - Adam & Eve 2004
6.5
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
I can't really put my finger on any specific problem with this
album - but somehow I think that it might be their worst. It is
not bad - but in my opinion it is just not as good as their
other releases, and at the same time it is quite inconsistent.
One of my favorite tracks is Vampire's View, but to be honest -
it sounds like a Pain of Salvation track.
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Review by Mike 14 years ago <Permalink>
The Flower KingsListen - The Rainmaker 2001
7.3
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
This record introduced me to the Flower Kings. I downloaded the track City of Angels and was struck with awe: Very clever chord progressions, together with totally emotional and inspired vocals, and a very natural use of 11/4 in the verse, captain future style keyboard interludes ... very nice.

It's not the best FK album to start with, although it worked for me. I'd go for Stardust first. It's more diverse than The Rainmaker, which is a bit mellow as a whole (although one of the key aspects of FK/Stolt is dynamics and contrasts).
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Paradox Hotel 2006
 #1

8.6 x15
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Unfold The Future 2002
 #2

8.6 x13
Symphonic Technical Prog Rock/Pop
The Sum of No Evil 2007
 #3

8.4 x17
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Stardust We Are 1999
 #4

8.4 x16
Nordic Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Space Revolver 2000
 #5

8.4 x14
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Retropolis 1996
 #6

8.6 x13
Nordic Eclectic Retro Prog Rock
Back in the World of Adventures 1995
 #7

8.5 x13
Nordic Symphonic Prog Rock
Adam & Eve 2004
 #8

7.9 x14
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Flower Power 1999
 #9

8.2 x10
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Banks Of Eden 2012
 #10

8.3 x9
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
The Rainmaker 2001
 #11

7.9 x11
Symphonic Technical Prog Rock
Desolation Rose 2013
 #12

8.6 x5
Symphonic Prog Rock
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Desolation Rose 2013
 3 months ago
rushfan4
9.5
Symphonic Prog Rock
Tour Kaputt 2011, Live
 4 months ago
rushfan4
8.7
Symphonic Prog Rock
Banks Of Eden 2012
 4 months ago
rushfan4
8.3
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Carpe Diem 2008, Live
 4 months ago
rushfan4
9.0
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The Road Back Home 2007, Best Of
 4 months ago
rushfan4
7.6
Symphonic Prog Rock
The Sum of No Evil 2007
 4 months ago
rushfan4
9.5
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Paradox Hotel 2006
 4 months ago
rushfan4
9.1
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
BetchaWannaDanceStoopid!!! 2004, Live
 4 months ago
rushfan4
6.5
Symphonic Prog Rock
Adam & Eve 2004
 4 months ago
rushfan4
8.8
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Meet the Flower Kings 2003, Live
 4 months ago
rushfan4
9.0
Symphonic Technical Prog Rock
Unfold The Future 2002
 4 months ago
rushfan4
9.3
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
The Rainmaker 2001
 4 months ago
rushfan4
7.9
Symphonic Technical Prog Rock
Space Revolver 2000
 4 months ago
rushfan4
8.5
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Flower Power 1999
 4 months ago
rushfan4
8.0
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Stardust We Are 1999
 4 months ago
rushfan4
8.7
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Scanning the Greenhouse 1998, Best Of
 4 months ago
rushfan4
9.0
Symphonic Prog Rock
Retropolis 1996
 4 months ago
rushfan4
9.0
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Back in the World of Adventures 1995
 4 months ago
rushfan4
9.4
Symphonic Prog Rock
Stardust We Are 1999
 10 months ago
lazland
9.2
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock
Paradox Hotel 2006
 2 years ago
lazland
9.0
Symphonic Retro Prog Rock