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Desolation Rose

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Limited two CD edition includes bonus CD. 2013 release from the Swedish Prog Rock band. "Being somewhat of a political statement, the epic theme of Desolation Rose is a logical step in a time where perpetual war, famine, environmental threats, religious conflicts dominate the media and our minds. This is a time to wake up and the music on this album takes you on a journey where you are forced to questions what the mainstream media feed us and to rethink your whole worldview on all of the above. This is in many ways a typical Flower Kings album, but we have also taken it into another realm where we do take chances and where you may struggle to get into the music - or the lyrics - but trust me when I say that you will be rewarded, as this may be our most involved, important and interesting album ever. " - Roine Stolt.


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  • Audio CD (October 29, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00F2HW1YY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bruboy1969 on November 1, 2013
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After listening to this for the past week, it has proven itself to be worthy contender for the best of the multiude of great release in Prog for '13. When the Kings arose from the ashes last year with the grand Banks of Eden, I was a bit leary-until I heard it and was won over immediately. The cohesion and skill of this great band was on fine display yet again. As great as that album is , it was a bit too comfortable with not alot of risks being taken. This album is the antithesis of that. All risk....and great reward! A darker view from the top of the Tower sets the tone on track ONE and that continues thru to the hopeful conclusion of the last 2 tracks. Really this is just one long track, broken in to smaller sections, with simillar themes running thru. Not quite a concept album, but almost. Themed, maybe? Anyways, its all brilliant on disc one. Disc two takes into some more trippy terriitory and this is where the great instrumentals reside. Yep-its all good here in the land of the kings! Not to be missed!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Art R on November 12, 2013
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On this album I hear snippets from pieces on their previous album "Banks Of Eden". Is this because the tracks from these two albums were recorded during the same sessions? I would love to find out. It is not a divergence from the cohesion of this album. You are still listening to a fine work molded into a unique whole. I've listened through this album twice already with no breaks and will do so again a few more times. What I think is missing is the engaging opus that immediately grabs you like 'Numbers' from Banks Of Eden, 'I Am The Sun' from Space Revolver, or 'Garden Of Dreams' from Flower Power. Maybe after a few more listens a song will emerge for me -- one that I'll listen to years from now as I do to the ones I mentioned and others. The longer songs are more of a pastoral, moody and sometimes ominous and unnerving. I found out that the band used some vintage keyboards and amps which definitely helps makes it sound classic and not overproduced or slick.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael V. Schmelzer on November 18, 2013
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It took me awhile to warm up to the Flower Kings. I thought there was too much instrumental doodling and that the songs themselves were weak. I have changed my mind with the release of their last two records! Strong song structures. Killer Guitar!!! I mean is there anybody who solos like this guy.... Their style IS a bit quirky, but it's prog isn't it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olav M. Björnsen on July 18, 2014
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Swedish band THE FLOWER KINGS are among the living legends of progressive rock these days, a flagship band in the revival of the genre in the 1990's and a surefire headliner act for just about anyone planning to do a progressive rock festival that wants to draw the crowds in. If we can talk about stars in such a niche environment as progressive rock is, The Flower Kings have been one of the brightest as far as bands that didn't start out in the 1960's or early 70's go. "Desolation Rose" is their 12th studio production, and was released through prestigious label Inside Out in 2013.

Now I do not recall just why this CD came to end up in my stack of CDs to review. I bought this one for my wife as a pre-Christmas gift, the limited edition version with bonus tracks, but can't recall if it subsequently ended up in my stack of CDs to review because she wanted me to write about it or because she had chatted with one of the band members and had promised them I would cover this one. Most likely it is one of those two alternatives though, or that it just happened to be placed in my CD pile accidentally. Still, I do not write about this one because it was sent to me by the label or the artist, which on my case is somewhat unusual.

While I'm obviously familiar with The Flower Kings, they have never been a band that have been that high on my list of music to investigate for some reason or other, possibly it's just a matter of how much time I have at my disposal. They are a quality act of course, always have been and presumably they'll always be so as well, and their meticulous approach to the technical aspects of mixing and production is just one of the top notch qualities about this band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Z on January 2, 2014
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These guys have been around for a while ! Each release has its high and low points , but this is their best in a few years. The 2CD edition features the "suite" on disc one , and bonus tracks on the second disc.
Roine is one of the best prog guitarists around , and his tasteful licks fill this release.
I have a few prog friends that dismissed the band after "Paradox Hotel" , but after one listen of this , they are back in the fold.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hit Man Hearne on January 1, 2014
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Enjoyed Desolition Rose from the first listen. So many great influences are heard hear but in a fresh and wonderful way. Very melodic with tasty guitar work. I highly recommend this album. RH
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave Davis on December 1, 2013
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The best Flower Kings album in years. Oh, don't get me wrong. I love everything these guys do, but this album just kicks butt all the way through from beginning to end. Great sounding, excellent mastering and great song writing.
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When I first heard Desolation Rose I was hooked. Prog tends to be a genre full of people playing their music really well to a bunch of empty seats. There is nothing that reaches out and grabs you about prog unless you really love difficult, intricate instrument playing. There are, of course, exceptions and I was absolutely convinced that this was one of them. Tower One, the opening track, offers so many emotional shifts and is a genuinely excellent track to throw in the background.

My problem is that I would never share this album with anyone else. Maybe, MAYBE if we were all out of our minds on entirely legal substances then this album might be far greater than I believe it to be currently but in a sober mind Desolation Rose has a hard time keeping my attention. Right now, I'm listening to Tower One, and hearing everything that turned me onto the album to begin with. Shifting this way and that, pleasant vocals, well played instruments, but somehow, as the album goes on, it just doesn't connect. Like someone removed the yolk from the egg. The egg is still delicious, it still offers pretty much what you were expecting, but that one quality that you really wanted from it is gone.

It is hard for me to put my finger on just what is wrong with Desolation Rose. I don't hate it, I am far from hating it, there are moments where I'm close to loving it, yet I find myself wavering. I'm not upset that I own the album, you can't go wrong with two cds worth of entertainment, but I struggle to recommend it. Tower One is great, Silent Graveyards is one of the best outros I've ever heard, but somewhere in the middle it just doesn't work. One of those intangible qualities has gone missing. Still, if you're a fan of prog in general then I have no doubt you'll love this album and perhaps I'm just being a fuddy duddy that doesn't 'get it'.
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