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Evolution to a higher form of musical life!,
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This review is from: Unfold The Future (Audio CD)
This album is a definite grower - the more I listened to it the more I appreciated it! The FKs seem to evolve with every new album, while retaining their core stylistic qualities. Unfold The Future is no exception: certainly up there with previous studio highpoints such as Stardust and Space Revolver. As befitting an album of well over 2 hours in length, there is a great variety of styles and moods, from the excellent heavy riffing of Rollin' The Dice and Silent Inferno (these came across particularly impressively at the recent London gig) to the epic prog tapestry of the opening track The Truth Will Set You Free (30:40). There is a fair amount of jazzy exploration, even some noodling trumpeting reminiscent of Miles Davis. Quality-control has not been overlooked in favour of quantity, with the possible exception of the rather cheesy The Navigator - a somewhat disappointing follow-on to the excellent Silent Inferno (14:25). Devil's Playground (24:30) makes for a stupendous closing to the second disc. The vocalists really shine here. Throughout the quality of musicianship from all contributors is awesome. Newcomers to the delights of the Flower Kings should not be shy of starting their collection with Unfold the Future.