Thursday, March 02, 2006

Album of the Day

Flower Power, by The Flower Kings (1999): Perhaps the worst (tho' somewhat aptly) named band in my collection. It's hard to sound macho when you sign off web forum posts with "NP: The Flower Kings." Band leader Roine Stolt comes from the Jon Anderson school of hippy-dippy love fests, so the lyrics are, at times, painful. The music, however, is fairly solid modern symphonic prog. There is, however, too much of it on this album. Two discs, each with well more than an hour of material. Some judicious editing would have really tightened things up and, hopefully, left things like "Magic Pie" on the cutting room floor.

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