ARTIST:

THE FLOWER KINGS

(SWEDEN)
TITLE:

ADAM & EVE

(2004)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Old School
"If you're not a fan of the Flower Kings and already own "Stardust We Are" or "Space Revolver", this "Adam & Eve" is not a real necessity."
BATRIC (25.07.2004)  
3/5
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After an Unfold The Future that was not unanimously welcomed, the Flower Kings are back this year to a more standard format, both in the style of composition that characterizes this Adam & Eve and in the format of the album itself, a simple classic CD.

While their previous opus had enchanted pure and hardcore fans with its perpetual marriage between typical Swedish melodies and various experiments, it must be said that a certain number had found, not always wrongly, that raving sometimes went too far and that nothing could justify the usual double CD format of the kings of flowers.

Adam & Eve seems to have learned from these criticisms, in particular by almost totally eliminating risky experiences. But there is also a risk, namely that of giving the impression, from the first listening, of a bland record, or even a new Rainmaker. However, "Adam & Eve" is a good Flower Kings, even if we are very far from a Stardust We Are, a Flower Power or even an Unfold The Future.

As usual, Roine Stolt, with the help of her sidekick Tomas Bodin, offers us first of all an album that is exemplary in terms of production. As far as the musicians' technique is concerned, I will not give you the affront of talking to you at length, there are not any flaws.

It is therefore at the level of the tracks themselves that some will find fault with it. There is a certain imbalance: next to the sublime "Love Supreme", "A Vampire's View" and "Drivers Seat", tracks such as "Starlight Man" (with its very strong reference to Yes) or "Adam & Eve" look pale, although they are very well made. In addition, those who look for changes in each album compared to their predecessors may be disappointed. This is a pure album of the Flower Kings. Nothing new compared to everything Roine Stolt has accustomed us to since Stardust We Are.

But it should be noted that another aspect of this album should particularly appeal to Pain Of Salvation fans. Indeed, Daniel Gildenlöw, who has been very active in recent years alongside Roine Stolt, both with Flower Kings and Transatlantic, has seen his role significantly increased. Credited in this album no longer as a guest-star but as a full member of the band, he also offers us a very nice performance on the song "A Vampire's View", a performance that contributes greatly to make this track a reference.

So what more can we say? The Flower Kings are now one of the leading values of progressive rock and have their audience. They have chosen not to surprise and to serve long tracks with long solos, not too experimental rhythmic shots and few short interludes to rest our ears. If you're not a fan and already own Stardust We Are or Space Revolver, this "Adam & Eve" is not a real necessity.


More informations on http://www.roinestolt.com





TRACK LISTING:
01. Love Supreme - 19:50
02. Cosmic Circus - 03:00
03. Babylon - 02:41
04. A Vampires View - 08:50
05. Days Gone By - 01:10
06. Adam & Eve - 07:50
07. Starlight Man - 03:30
08. Timelines - 07:40
09. Drivers Seat - 18:22
10. The Blade Of Cain - 05:00

LINEUP:
Daniel Gildenlöw: Chant
Hans Fröberg: Chant
Hasse Bruniusson: Percussions
Jonas Reingold: Basse
Roine Stolt: Chant / Guitares
Tomas Bodin: Claviers
Zoltan Csörsz: Batterie
   
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