Sunday 27 March 2016
Flower Kings. The - The Rainmaker (2001)
The sixth album from this Swedish band.
I was not impressed by their previous album Space Revolver from 2000. A pretty terrible album, being an album from The Flower Kings. So I had some reservations about this album.....
Jamie Salazar, Thomas Bodin, Hasse Froberg, Jonas Reingold and the big boss himself; Roine Stolt, is still involved here. They have got help from Hasse Bruniusson and Ulf Wallander on vocals and saxophone. This in addition to guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals.
The first minutes of the opening song Last Minute On Earth makes it clear to me that Space Revolver can safely be forgotten as the failed experiement it was. The Flower Kings is back again. The real Flower Kings, this time.
The music is very symphonic, very Swedish symphonic progressive rock with a good grounding in Swedish folk music. There is a lot of great details and melodies on this single CD, seventy-minutes long CD.
The music flows like a fine river. One great melody follows another great melody. The flow is very impressive on this album and everything feels organic and natural.
There is a heck of a lot to be happy for on this album. It is a classic Swedish symphonic prog album. My only gripe is the lack of another superb or brilliant track in addition to Last Minute On Earth. Nevertheless, this is a great album and one of their best albums.