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Desolation Rose

The Flower Kings Audio CD
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The Flower Kings is a rockgroup from Sweden that play melodic art & progressive- rock. The band started in 1994 as a result of the interest in Stolt's solo album "The Flower King", Flowerkings (TFK) quickly became somewhat of a phenomenon in the progressive rock community for everyone that once loved bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Zappa, ... Read more in Amazon's The Flower Kings Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00F2HW1YY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Limited two CD edition includes bonus CD. 2013 release from the Swedish Prog Rock band. "Being somewhat of a political statement, the epic theme of Desolation Rose is a logical step in a time where perpetual war, famine, environmental threats, religious conflicts dominate the media and our minds. This is a time to wake up and the music on this album takes you on a journey where you are forced to questions what the mainstream media feed us and to rethink your whole worldview on all of the above. This is in many ways a typical Flower Kings album, but we have also taken it into another realm where we do take chances and where you may struggle to get into the music - or the lyrics - but trust me when I say that you will be rewarded, as this may be our most involved, important and interesting album ever.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Kings' Are Back! 29 Oct 2013
Format:MP3 Download
The Flower Kings are back with their follow up to 'Banks Of Eden' with a much heavier, proggier and extremely catchy bunch of songs on the album "Desolation Rose". Back at the start of 2013, Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Tomas Bodin, Hasse Froberg and Felix Lehrmann went to the studio with a lot of semi-finished material and decided to jam & record what they had and pretty much make up the rest. The result is what I feel is their best offering in the last 10 years. Great performances, especially by Felix Lehrmann (Drums)the very talented Jonas Reingold (Bass) and Tomas Bodin (Keys. Add to this the vocal power of Hasse Froberg and the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Roine Stolt (Allround genius!),it's nice to hear such great Production but using 1970's style recording tecniques (Tape) and vintage instruments. I can't underestimate how talented these guys are and I, for one, am looking forward to the European tour next April/May.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their best for years 31 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Gotta admit my patience with the Flower Kings had been wearing a bit thin. I own all their studio releases and whilst a huge fan of their earlier albums, their recent output ( especially The sum of no evil and last years comeback Banks of eden)has left me cold with their formulaic approach to symphonic prog. Inspiration has i feel been running low not helped I expect by the amount of side projects such as Transatlantic and Agents of Mercy that were pulling on mainman Roine Stolte`s ideas.
Having lived with Desolation Rose for a few days I am very pleased and pleasantly surprised to find the band back on great form. What works with this album is that the tracks are in the main shorter and therefore more focussed enabling the whole album to carry a energy and variation missing from the last few releases. At this point i should also point out that essentially all the tracks sequence into each other, making up for the lack of epic compositions. Listening to the whole album as one long piece of music is the best way to appreciate it. I believe this is the best The Flower kings have sounded since the days of Space revolver, Unfold the future and The Rainmaker.
Potential purchasers should head for the versions with the extra disc, it`s available at almost the same price as the one disc and there`s definately more than enough interesting additional music to justify any small extra outlay.
In summary a much better release from The Flower kings and whilst not quite up there with their best it is a hugely enjoyable album that will stand up to regular repeated plays and is definately one of the best Symphonic prog releases of the year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets 23 Dec 2013
By ngaio1
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is up their with their very best - IMHO - Adventures, Retropolis, Revolver, and Stardust. I enjoyed the guest appearance by Tricky Dicky, in a number as powerful as any anti-war song you'll ever hear. Wonderful prog-rock compositions with a conscience.
The 'extra' disc contains numbers as good as those on the main disc. Don't skimp on the extra dollar or two!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The genius of Roine Stolt 24 Nov 2013
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I'm afraid I would have difficulty in giving anything that Roine Stolt has done less than a 5 star rating as I haven't found anyone who comes close to his musical creativity and prowess in the world of prog rock or rock in general for that matter. The Flower Kings new offering of Desolation Rose follows on neatly in sound and recording from their previous release Banks of Eden-whether it reaches the heights of The Sum of No Evil, which to me is their seminal work, is debateable (the reviewer before who referred to "the Sum" period as being formulaic is so mistaken- Mozart spent his life working under the strict constraints of the concerto, symphony etc. but this didn't stop him producing some of the best music in the world!)

There is a lot to unravel in this new album and it takes you on a musical journey which is typical of an offering by the Flower kings. Although there are a lot of highs I feel that the first track "Tower One" is the strongest composition and would please any devotee of great progressive rock. The general mood of the album is perhaps more serious than some, though the Flower kings
always manage to somehow keep an uplifting and sunny disposition in a way that bands such as IQ don't.

In conclusion this is a fine album with lots of good music to explore- following on from an incredibly strong back catalogue- time and lots of repeated listening only will tell how it compares to their previous work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some very good moments, but.... 9 July 2014
By J.S
Format:Audio CD
For me this is a very good album, with some very good moments and nice themes and motifs. The lyrics are awful, but this does seem to represent the Flower Kings getting back on track. The first song, Tower One is great and a highlight, but doesn't pose anything new. There seems to be less of the huge amount of filler that we have had in previous albums. I'd recommend this, but it does smell a bit of cliche and doesn't stand up well to some of the newer kids on the prog block.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flower Kings back on form 19 Jun 2014
By Paul
Format:Vinyl
After the semi-disappointing Banks Of Eden (which had great tracks & great production but was a lot safer and less progressive than usual), it feels like Flower Kings are back to where they should be.
Including the CD version is a great bonus, although the vinyl still sounds quite a bit more dynamic (compare here: [...]) so I recorded my own tracks off the record.

I have to also give a big thumbs up to the packaging - this album cover truly is a work of art. When you see all the artwork's detail in the big vinyl format, it makes it worthwhile for the beauty alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent.
Published 6 days ago by Colin Swarbrick
2.0 out of 5 stars A step back in the good direction but still far to go
This is the first Flowerkings album in more than 10 years that almost sounds like something worth listening to. It is far from good, but they're on the right track. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. De Schryver
5.0 out of 5 stars flower kings
only really knew of them bedause of transatlantic but this is a great record from a great band making great music
Published 3 months ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music and great value.
This is the first Flower Kings album I've purchased and I think I'll be buying more.
This is superb music, superbly played and produced. Read more
Published 5 months ago by tpbdurisdeer
4.0 out of 5 stars Continuing a great run
I'm a later arrival at the gardens of The Flower Kings but have delved well into their back catalog now. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, shame about the lyrics!
I came across this band quite by chance having heard a single track on a compilation album. I am an old git who was lucky enough to see Floyd, Genesis, Zappa etc in their prime,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike Phipps
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought to try Flower Kings
I have tried to get into this album and like a few tracks but just cannot relate to their music as I had hoped to.
Published 6 months ago by M. A. C. Tamlyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Very solid album, but where's the spark?
Against popular opinion, I reckon that 'Adam & Eve', 'Paradox hotel' and 'The sum of no evil' represent my favourite TFK period, though sadly, the last of these marked a temporary... Read more
Published 7 months ago by I. Rumens
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a superb album.
My friend got me into this band after bugging me for ages and I finally got 'Banks of Eden' really enjoying that album but feeling that I haven't enough knowledge of The Flower... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nicholas Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, great band
The Kings of Scandinavian prog are back with one of their best albums ever. The playing as ever is immaculate and Roine Stolt's production faultless. Read more
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