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I Am

Tomas BodinAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009LNRMS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I 23:12 - Bodin, Tomas
2. A 21:28 - Bodin, Tomas
3. M 18:43 - Bodin, Tomas

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With 'I Am' Bodin is going the step further and delivers an excellent masterpiece. For the first time he used vocalists on his solo work and a full band. The concept album features band members of the Flower Kings and the Glenn Hughes band. SPV. 2005.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technically perfect, emotionally dramatic June 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Two years in the making, I Am is Flower Kings keyboardist Tomas Bodin's first ever solo album that actually features three different vocalists, an intelligently written concept and top-notch musicianship. Bodin's previous albums were instrumental recordings mostly focusing on his keyboard and piano expertise, reflecting his progressive roots and compositional skills. I Am takes Bodin's talents to greater heights. It is the first album of a trilogy that takes its story directly from Bodin's own life with themes of religion and reincarnation. The second and third parts of this trilogy will be titled You Are and He She Is respectively.

The fact that Bodin's wife, Pernilla Bodin, is one of the three vocalists who lend their voices to this recording perhaps makes I Am even more intimate for Tomas. The other singers are Anders Jansson and Helene Schoning. Bodin's Flower Kings bandmates Jonas Reingold on bass and new drummer Marcus Liliequist, on the other, form the album's solid rhythm section. Liliequist's style isn't as busy as Zoltan Csorsz', but equally impressive. I particularly enjoy his awesome cymbal work that often lends itself to jazz rock territory. Reingold on bass is as amazing as always. The bass is very upfront on this album, almost like a lead instrument alongside Bodin's keyboards. On guitars there is Jocke JJ Marsh from Glenn Hughes. Marsh's guitar work is very subtle in places, but extremely competent and one of the main factors why I Am is quite possibly Bodin's best solo effort to date. Besides playing excellent pristine prog guitar harmonies, he also lays down well-crafted blues solos that add an extra dimension to the songs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wow" doesn't begin to describe it. November 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The solo release from Tomas Bodin - the talented keyboardist from the Flower Kings. Boy, it seems like every member in the Flower Kings has their own side project. Jonas Reingold's Karmakanic, Roine Stolt's Kaipa, Transatlantic, Karmakanic, The Tangent, etc... now Mr. Bodin's part-one-of-three, I Am.

I Am is the start of a trilogy. And as expected from a guy with a background like Bodin, the music in this is tight, coherent, flowing, and - well - perfect. If there's a flaw on this album, it's the vocals. No, they aren't bad at all. Notice I gave the album 5 stars.

The album has three tracks on it. 'I', 'A', and 'M' (in case you missed it, it spells the title of the album). Each track is about twenty minutes in length, and composed of several parts.

'The Prayer', of 'A', is one of the highlights of the album. Its sang to God, over light piano. Wonderful and beautiful. The vocals on 'M' are amazing, as well - they're sung with such emotion and passion that it's almost unbearable.

If the next two albums are anything like this, I can't wait for them. One of the best releases of 2005, of any genre.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Wow! Wow! January 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is why we buy Progressive music! NO wonder The Flower Kings are the best Prog group out there with talent like this backing up Roine. You are instantly hooked from the begining of "I" with a melody that sticks in your head like "Firth of Fifth" from Tony Banks.

The second track "A" starts with a heavier feel and a great guitar riff. Tomas' vocals at times really remind me of Roger Waters. At times angry and at other times soft and feeling.

The third track "M" ties it all together with some catchy riffs and various impressive melodies.

I was hoping for a bigger finish, as it just kind of stops after a decent crescendo but this has to go towards the top of list for Prog CD of the year!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars who needs the flower kings? September 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I dont see how anyone can be dissapointed with this album. Maybe the guy who gave it 1 star is jaded or something. This is the best prog album of 2005 so far. It flows like nothing else I've ever heard, its like fluid emotion. Every note is in its proper place, and nothing is too bombastic. Brilliant..........absolutely brilliant!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, prog masterpiece December 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It's no surprise when listening to Bodin's IAM how much of a part of the Flower Kings sound he truly is. Comprised of three epic pieces, IAM is what one might consider a lost Flower Kings release...but with a little added grit. Here, we are treated with heavy riffs, powerful vocals, and masterful keyboard work from Bodin. He brings along a roster of fine musicians to create a must-have for all prog fans. GO OUT AND GET THIS CD!
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