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TOMAS BODIN ‘Pinup Guru’ (Inside Out 2002)

Tomas Bodin is the keyboard player in the Flower Kings and also an accomplished solo artist. The album is all instrumental with back-up from fellow Flower Kings’ members Jonas Reingold (bass) and Zoltan Csorsz (drums). Tomas Bodin states in the publicity that he wanted an ELP sound, very Hammond organ led. Well the opener ‘Sodium Regale’ is certainly ELP like with driving Hammond organ making the track have a very 70’s feel. ‘What’s Going On’ again starts with a 70’s prog rock feel but by the songs end has transformed into a modern day sound. The musicianship displayed here on this track and elsewhere on the album is of the highest quality.

‘Me and Liz’ is Bodin’s attempt to express his feelings over his divorce in musical terms - it works very well and it is a moving track. ‘Harlem Heat’ mixes some gospel flavour into a very ELP keyboard sound, with the hectic opening ending on a mellow refrain. ‘The Final Swig’ cleverly adds parts of the previous tracks into a new composition and is a fitting ending to a fine album.

An album that fans of 70’s era ELP will enjoy along with the Flower Kings' many fans. An amazing musical soundscape and very enjoyable.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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