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  • Audio CD (9 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Just for Kicks
  • ASIN: B0020HB4SS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Track Listing : 1. The Fading Ghosts Of Twilight 2. The Unwanted Brother 3. Afternoon Skies 4. Heroes & Beacons 5. Jesus On The Barricades 6. Wait For The Sun 7. A Different Sun 8. Ready To Fly? 9. People Like Us 10. A Soldiers Tale 11. Bomb Inside Her Heart 12. Mercy & Mercury

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By Scott Tracy on 12 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I had to put something down to represent this superb album to lovers of brilliant progressive music. The only reason I feel people wouldn't be reaching for the stars (all 5 of them!) for this cd is because they haven't heard it!
Agents of mercy are one of the "vehicles" of Roine Stolt (the Flower Kings and Transatlantic) and he is the principle song writer. This is their debut recording and a real gem- being an album I would frequently reach for from my extensive and heaving collection of music.
Within the track listing there is a variety of different moods, styles and brilliant melodies- though like any album some for me are stronger than others- 3 of the tracks on here I would say are really outstanding and amongst my all time favourites ; "The Fading Ghosts of Twilight" (the title track), "Heroes and Beacons" and "Mercy and Mercury".
In conclusion it is truly a crime that no one has yet reviewed the superb contents of this recording, as it contains some really memorable music. When this is combined with excellent recording quality and beautiful, evocative artwork I would recommend this purchase to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I'm hoping I can have a little mercy on this cd.... 19 Nov. 2009
By Squire Jaco - Published on Amazon.com
Boy, this cd held so much promise! It's filled with beautiful artwork inside and out; even the fancy calligraphy of the liner notes reminds me somewhat of Genesis' Trick of the Tail artwork. The vocalist for the fantastic Unifaun debut (Nad Sylvan) teaming up with the multi-talented Roine Stolt of the Flower Kings? Plus some TFK guys joining in on a couple of songs, as well as Crimson's Pat Mastelotto? This cd just HAS to friggin' cook, right?

Thud.

Despite some moments of greatness here and there, this cd overall just never did anything for me. Part of the problem lies in the first half of the album where they parked 3 of the least interesting, blandest songs (tracks 2, 3 & 5 - "The Unwanted Brother", "Afternoon Skies" and "Jesus on the Barricades"). And as much as I really dug Sylvan's vocals on the Unifaun album, he sounds old, tired and downright gravelly on this one. Stolt's vocals actually sound decent.

I realize that Stolt was going for a little folkier prog sound on this originally, so I've tried (really) to slow it down and enjoy this. But the lyrics ain't that great, and their awkwardness actually ruins a couple of the songs ("Bomb Inside Her Heart" - really?!). There is a fairly strong Genesis feel to many of these songs, and an overall reference to religious themes that is a bit more overt than Stolt typically displays in his TFK stuff. Fine. But where's the zing?

Alas, all is NOT lost. I think they should have started the cd with track 4, "Heroes & Beacons" - just a fantastic song in the best Flower Kings style with great guitar and keyboard lines. "A Soldier's Tale" is another fine one, though it could have ended 4 minutes earlier. In fact, all the tracks from 6 to 10 are pretty good, and I noticed some nice guitar touches, mellotron and vocal harmonies in spots. Then they chose to close the cd with two lesser tunes again; leaves a bad taste in the mouth....

It's a long cd - 12 tracks dragged across nearly 78 minutes of music. You just won't find yourself enjoying the whole thing. And I'm a huge Roine Stolt supporter.

I value interesting music that is played and recorded well. This cd's rating was based on:
Music quality = 6.8/10; Performance = 8.5/10; Production = 8.5/10; CD length = 10/10.
Overall score weighted on my proprietary scale = 7.8 ("3-1/2 stars")
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Agents Of Mercy - This One Will Grow On You 17 Nov. 2009
By Steven Sly - Published on Amazon.com
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Agents Of Mercy are yet another side project of Flower Kings main man Roine Stolt. The album features vocalist Nad Sylvan from Unifan, Pat Mastelotto from King Crimson, Jonas Rheingold from The Flower Kings and several other musicians. The album began as an acoustic solo disc from Stolt, but eventually evolved into a full blown progressive rock band album. Upon my initial listen I have to say that I was disappointed with the material here. Considering the talent level of the musicians involved, it just did not seem to live up to what I was expecting. The good news is that this is an album that definitely grew on me with repeated listens. There are many subtle charms to be found here, and not necessarily easily digested on first pass. Nad Sylvan's voice takes a bit of getting used to, but once I grew accustomed to it I realized that he really is a unique talented vocalist. The music shows some similarities to Roine Stolt's main band, The Flower Kings, but Stolt's role is much less up front on this project. Although the album does contain some tasty guitar parts, Stolt is seems much more an ensemble player than main focus here. Highlights include "Afternoon Skies", "Heroes And Beacons", "A Soldiers Tale", and my favorite track "People Like Us". I had the chance to see this band on their U.S. tour back in October and many of the songs on the disc come across even better in a live setting. This album takes some time to absorb, and it may not grab you on first listen, but give it time and you will find a very nice modern progressive rock release.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Well Recorded and Written Prog Masterpiece! 29 Oct. 2010
By GALLI - Published on Amazon.com
Gary Davis wrote an excellent review below in 2009; and ProDay Steve Sly did the same..., eventhough he explains that he grew on his appreciation for the music after a few listenings, nevertheless, he just gave it a 3 star rating. It just doesn't jive.

This all-star prog musicians are now into their sophomore album release with "Dramarama", but this CD "The Fading Ghosts", their freshman release, is a true modern prog masterpiece, reminding you of the Genesis "Selling England By The Pound" and "Trespass" creative years. Roine Stolt, from The Flower King fame, here wrote all the music and lyrics; -all songs which are indeed very well composed, arranged, and recorded, as he mixed and produced the album. Singer Nad Sylvan does an superb job interpreting all of the songs with stage feeling, sometimes reminding you of Peter Gabriel during his Genesis years. There are 12 songs here with 76 minutes of the finest prog music recorded in the recent years.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
CD information 27 Jun. 2009
By Gary A. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
In March 2009 Foxtrot Music released a brand new album "The Fading Ghosts Of Twilight" - by the new project called AGENTS OF MERCY. The album will initially be a LTD edition digipack with 77 minutes of brand new music.

Agents Of Mercy is a project spawned from a low key acoustic project that Roine Stolt (Flower Kings) set out to do in 2008, but after getting singer Nad Sylvan (Unifaun) onboard to do a few "guest vocals" it turned into a full production prog album where Nad got more involved and did most of both lead and backing vocals on the album.

Songs got longer and more elaborated and more symphonic and the common love of late 60's and early 70's prog is all over this album. A few favourite drummers played for the 12 tracks, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Stickmen, etc) Zoltan Csorsz (Flower Kings, Karmakanic) and Jimmy Keegan (Santana, Spocks Beard live ) the eccentric Biggo Zelfries did most of the piano and analogue keyboards and Flower Kings bassist Jonas Reingold adds some fretless bass spice too. Sir Silas Toball of Goblindesign did the mysterious artwork and the album is mixed by agent Stolt at Cosmic Lodge as usual.
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