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FLOWER KINGS ‘Unfold The Future’ (Inside Out 2002)

The band has been around since 1994 and this is their eighth release. The line-up is Ronie Stolt (guitar/keyboards/vocals), Tomas Bodin (piano/keyboards), Hasse Froberg (vocals), Jodas Reingold (bass) and Zoltan Csorsz (drums). How to describe this album? Try thinking of every musical style you know and this band cover them on this album. Opener, ‘The Truth Will Set You Free’ clocks in at over thirty minutes and has some Yes influences, mainly in the vocals and their structure. The song weaves from rock to jazz to world music. A truly epic track and one that highlights the band’s expert musicianship. ‘Black and White’, a ballad with underlying guitar and piano builds nicely into a weird musical middle then back to ballad mode. ‘The Navigator’ has a Floydian feel to it and a crystal clear vocal from Froberg.

The second CD starts with ‘Genie in a Bottle’, a mellow track with lush strings and keyboards building into a jazz-rock ending. ‘Grand Old World’ is very laid back, with some mellow saxophone and again Pink Floyd hints appear here and there. The funky ‘Rollin’ the Dice’ again show another side of the band, with a Geoff Tate like vocal. ‘The Devil’s Dance School’ is a spacey jazz-rock instrumental and not really my cup of tea! Two piano led ballads, ‘Man Overboard’ and ‘Solitary Shell’ follow and again the vocals are very accomplished. Closing track, ‘Devil’s Playground’, tests the band’s musical skills to the limit - with time and style changes overload! The track culminates with a Yes-style ending, after some sublime guitar and keyboards.

This is the first album I have ever heard by this band and I will certainly track down their earlier material. This album goes beyond the prog rock tag and really defies categorisation. There are parts of the album to appeal to all rock fans who like to be challenged by their listening once in awhile.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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