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Roine Stolt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out
  • ASIN: B000ICLTUK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 659,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well produced melodic rock 26 May 2010
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Well produced superb sounding album with guitar based melodic rock with a jazzy twist. Some songs are more jazzy than others, but always closer to rock. All songs are instrumental and are easy to listen to. This is an album I like to play when I just sit back in a comfortable chair and relax and think about nothing. My favourite track is Shipbuilding, Wreck Of HMS Nemsis and Lobsterland Groove, but I don't think there are any weak tracks on this 67 minutes long album. It can be played straight trough. I also have Roines album Wall Street Woodoo where the songs aren't instrumental and are a bit darker. I prefer this album a lot more. This album is one of my favorites and makes me feel good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flower King By The Seashore 28 Aug 2001
By El Kabong - Published on Amazon.com
You can't help but root for Roine Stolt. After years as a journeyman musician buffeted by the four winds of trends and fads, he finally got the opportunity to realize his vision, and he's been taking it to the hoop ever since. His prolific output in the late 90s is only amazing in light of how damned GOOD all of it is. This is a solo album he released between STARDUST WE ARE & FLOWER POWER, and it avoids every last pitfall one associates with 'guitarist-releases-instrumental-album' syndrome. Stolt's considerable axe prowess is on display here, but it's not front-and-center as you'd expect. Rather, he uses HYDROPHONIA as an opportunity to show off his compositional chops, offering ten tracks that span a wide range of styles and approaches: his keyboard and bass playing is as impressive as his guitar, and as central to the music. And the music is wonderful, as good as anything appearing on a Flower Kings cd proper. The set opens with 'Cosmic Lodge', a tour-de-force incorporating classical-rock, jazz and a main theme so gloriously anthemic you can picture it as the soundtrack music for Creation itself. This masterpiece segues into the lovely, rollicking-but-gentle 'Shipbuilding'...look, I could rave about all the tracks here (save the Kenny G-like letdown of 'Lobsterland Groove') but none of the shouting would truly indicate the pleasure you'll get from listening to them for yourself. No vocals (a shame as I love his Wettonesque croon) but, even without words, Stolt communicates his enduring, heartfelt love of life clearly and unmistakably. People suffering depression should try listening to this daily - I'm serious, it's safer than pills and saner than psychoanalysis. (Not that I dislike dark'n'disturbing stuff - I've got shelves full of it - but you need a little light in there, too.) HYDROPHONIA is an essential chapter in the continuing saga of Roine Stolt and the Flower Kings: get it now, thank me later.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hydrophonia: Oceans Full of Melodic Dreamscapes 15 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a more refined, polished, complex, intricate, and mature effort than Stolt's previous solo release, "The Flower King." Stolt demonstrates that not only is he an outststanding guitarist but he is an accomplished keyboard player and competent bassist as well. While there is nothing of the classic quality of "Humanizzimo" here, Stolt nonetheless continues to show a consistent mastery of melody throughout his compositions. This album is entirely instrumental, but who needs lyrics when the music alone is more than enough to carry the listener away to the musical dreamscapes depicted by the song titles? "Cosmic Lodge" and "Shipbuilding" are in the classic Flower Kings style, while the new-agey "Little Cottage By The Sea" rolls like the gentle waves envisioned by the song title. "Wreck of the HMS Nemesis" is the best song on the album. It starts out with a traditional-folk-Baroque quality with keyboards that sound like French horns and Ulf Wullander's saxophone providing the perfect compliment, then takes a series of wonderful twists and turns of jazzy keyboard/guitar passages interspersed with with quiet interludes where one can imagine a ship crashing against the waves of the sea, finally returning to the stately Baroqueness of the song's beginning. "Bizarre Seahorse Sex Attack" is probably the weakest song on the disc, with nothing in particular standing out except for the lead melody being played on what sounds like a xylophone. "Oceanna Baby Dolphin" gently lulls the listener before being blasted by the hard-charging "Nuclear Nemo." The title track "Hydrophonia" returns to a standard Flower Kings sound, if there is such a thing. "Lobsterland Groove" is a jazz fusion gem propelled by a driving bass line and Ulf Wullander's silky-smooth sax intertwined with Stolt's surreal guitar together pushing the melody along. It is vaguely reminiscent of early Passport. "Seafood Kitchen Thing" is the closest thing to a hard rocker on this album. It starts out with powerful chords and is followed by a short series of intricate, intense guitar solos, before unfolding into what sounds like Joe Satriani playing with Yes; finally, Stolt takes us out with mellow jazziness. If you like intelligent rock-jazz-symphonic fusion, give this a listen.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hydrophonia: Oceans Full of Melodic Dreamscapes 15 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a more refined, polished, complex, intricate, and mature effort than Stolt's previous solo release, "The Flower King." Stolt demonstrates that not only is he an outststanding guitarist but he is an accomplished keyboard player and competent bassist as well. While there is nothing of the classic quality of "Humanizzimo" here, Stolt nonetheless continues to show a consistent mastery of melody throughout his compositions. This album is entirely instrumental, but who needs lyrics when the music alone is more than enough to carry the listener away to the musical dreamscapes depicted by the song titles? "Cosmic Lodge" and "Shipbuilding" are in the classic Flower Kings style, while the new-agey "Little Cottage By The Sea" rolls like the gentle waves envisioned by the song title. "Wreck of the HMS Nemesis" is the best song on the album. It starts out with a traditional-folk-Baroque quality with keyboards that sound like French horns and Ulf Wullander's saxophone providing the perfect compliment, then takes a series of wonderful twists and turns of jazzy keyboard/guitar passages interspersed with with quiet interludes where one can imagine a ship crashing against the waves of the sea, finally returning to the stately Baroqueness of the song's beginning. "Bizarre Seahorse Sex Attack" is probably the weakest song on the disc, with nothing in particular standing out except for the lead melody being played on what sounds like a xylophone. "Oceanna Baby Dolphin" gently lulls the listener before being blasted by the hard-charging "Nuclear Nemo." The title track "Hydrophonia" returns to a standard Flower Kings sound, if there is such a thing. "Lobsterland Groove" is a jazz fusion gem propelled by a driving bass line and Ulf Wullander's silky-smooth sax intertwined with Stolt's surreal guitar together pushing the melody along. It is vaguely reminiscent of early Passport. "Seafood Kitchen Thing" is the closest thing to a hard rocker on this album. It starts out with powerful chords and is followed by a short series of intricate, intense guitar solos, before unfolding into what sounds like Joe Satriani playing with Yes; finally, Stolt takes us out with mellow jazziness. If you like intelligent rock-jazz-symphonic fusion, give this a listen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous and Majestic 9 Aug 2005
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Why is it that some of the best music around often makes nary a dent in the public consciousness? Flower Kings lead guitarist Roine Stolt had been cranking out magnificent tunes at the head of that band for years before I was introduced to his music several years ago. And it seems that his solo work is even more obscure!

Hydrophonia is the second of Stolt's solo releases I have been able to obtain. Though it seems to be currently unavailable on amazon, I was able to buy my copy new from Neal Morse's Radiant Records website.

Unlike Stolt's solo Flower King, Hydrophonia is all instrumental, a joyous and majestic musical journey that will leave you spellbound the first time you hear it and liking it more everytime you listen. The CD opens gloriously with the anthemic Cosmic Lodge, a prelude of lots of more than an hour's worth of tasty tunes to come. And despite the whimsical titles of some of the songs, there is so much seriously virtuoso music here that it makes you wonder where Stolt comes up with it all.

Though I enjoy most of the CD, my favorites besides the opening cut are Wreck of HMS Nemesis, Bizarre Seahorse Sex Attack, the driving Nuclear Nemo, the spacy title cut, and the rousing Seafood Kitchen Thing. Only Shipbuilding sailed a little too close to "smooth jazz" for my taste. Lobsterland Groove reminded one reviewer of Kenny G, it reminded me of Cusco.

In closing, I have to say that if you are an adventurous sort with a taste for jazz and progressive rock, then Hydrophonia is well worth the effort it takes to find it. You won't be at all sorry you did!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never-ending melodies. 13 Jun 2000
By bruceski - Published on Amazon.com
Does Roine Stolt ever run out of melodies? This guy seems to put out quality stuff at a non-stop pace. This one is side project from the Flower King leader. It is all instrumental and features Roine, sometimes FK saxaphonist Ulf Wallander and FK drummer Jaime Salazar.

It is a bit sparser than FK releases as there are no Tomas Bodin keys (although Roine plays keys on a few of the tracks). The melodies are beautiful with one or two rockers also included. At times the soprano sax is a little too close to Kenny G for me, but it is usually a nice addition to the sound. Jaime Salazar really stands out on this one as he has a bit more space to fill and does so tastefully. More great stuff from the "Kings" of European prog.
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