Defend the Indefensible: The Flower Kings

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lucifer sam, Saturday, 9 April 2005 02:13 (fourteen years ago) link

i win!

lucifer sam, Saturday, 9 April 2005 03:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Not enough people here are going to know who they are. But just because they're super-cheese prog doesn't mean they're indefensible.

Mr Deeds (Mr Deeds), Saturday, 9 April 2005 05:17 (fourteen years ago) link

you call that defense?

tremendoid (tremendoid), Saturday, 9 April 2005 05:44 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Well, they are the best prog act since 80s Marillion.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 3 January 2008 14:36 (eleven years ago) link

They make Marillion look like Genesis

Joe, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:26 (eleven years ago) link

Well, they sound more like Genesis than Marillion. Good for me, but seemingly bad for you. :)

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:38 (eleven years ago) link

i actually own one of their albums from my short-lived prog phase back in highschool. i'm not gonna defend them but a few of the tracks on it are fun

i'll defend marillion's "clutching at straws" though, that's a great album

ciderpress, Thursday, 3 January 2008 20:20 (eleven years ago) link

"Clutching At Straws" = AOR

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 3 January 2008 22:50 (eleven years ago) link

Just kiddin' Geir (with my comment).

Seriously, I did see FKings live once. They weren't horrible, but I didn't think they were all that great, either...or rather, didn't do anything for me. Here's a pic from that concert:

http://mitkadem.homestead.com/files/Events/NearFest2003/FlowerKings2003.jpg

I thought Roine Stolt looked a bit poseur-ish, with the sunglasses etc.

However, I did get a copy of Kaipa (Roine Stolt's other project, probably one of many actually)'s Mindrevolutions to review once, and that was pretty awful for the most part. What I heard in concert wasn't as bad as the Kaipa.

Joe, Friday, 4 January 2008 00:32 (eleven years ago) link

I thought Roine Stolt looked a bit poseur-ish, with the sunglasses etc.

You'd rather seen him dressed as a fox, a slipperman or an English king? ;)

Geir Hongro, Friday, 4 January 2008 04:03 (eleven years ago) link

Frankly, yes. :)

Joe, Friday, 4 January 2008 13:18 (eleven years ago) link

six years pass...

does anyone here like these guys? they have so much material out that I'm almost tempted to dive it. I have heard the solo Stolt album that is the de facto Flower Kings debut and I'm kind of torn, it's good, almost great in spots, but just features so much jamming and easily could've been reduced by a good 30-40% in length. looking at the tracklistings of their other studio albums I have to think this is a problem across the board.

frogbs, Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:41 (five years ago) link

The only full-length I've heard of theirs is the latest, 2013's Desolation Rose, and I like it alright. I'd shied away from them for pretty much the reasons you mention, but this was a lot easier to swallow than I thought. I mean, you have to have a high tolerance for prog, they've got a pretty trad approach to it. The playing is pretty great, but some of the lyrics are a little cringy. If you like prog, you might find moments you like. Definitely doesn't come close to touching the Steven Wilson record as far as 2013 prog giants go.

an enormous bolus of flatulence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 30 January 2014 21:09 (five years ago) link

i like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF0iBKM4tQk

prolly cos there's no singing, otherwise p dud

amerie guy (sleepingbag), Thursday, 30 January 2014 21:11 (five years ago) link

i listened to these guys in high school, they're basically pastiche of 70s genesis/yes but they do it well. i don't have much time for it anymore unless i'm on a nostalgia kick.

ciderpress, Friday, 31 January 2014 08:11 (five years ago) link

lol just saw my post upthread. will no longer defend that marillion album but its ok

ciderpress, Friday, 31 January 2014 08:13 (five years ago) link

four years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFkJuNV9zYU

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 12 March 2018 23:25 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTG_poL6WVM

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 8 November 2019 23:02 (four days ago) link


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