"The Rainmaker" is a must have double CD. This limited edition version contains a 2nd disc not just with 6 extra tracks but with 2 movie tracks and is without question well worth the extra few pounds over the other versions.
This album contains an original blend of strong memorable vocal melodies, "City of Angels" Strong harmony, unrstrained musicianship with well executed technical ability and heart felt transitions. Progressive rock at it's best with an occasional inter-play of Jazz Fusion. Roine Stolt seems at his most comfortable with his often American rock style of vocals.
Although the Genesis/Yes influence is still evident,(A good thing)There are now moments of Brand X, Floyd and even Zappa-around the 4th minute of "Road To Sanctuary." I describe the sound only and stress the Flower Kings do have an original sound of their own.
If you are new to the Flower Kings "The Rainmaker" should not disapoint but do make sure you play it quite a few times before judging or you may miss the plot. Jazz Fusion Fans will adore tracks such as "Violent Brat" and "One Whole Half"
Their best album to date. A definite 5 Stars. Buy it now.