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Editorial Reviews


1. Last Minute On Earth
2. World Without A Heart
3. Road To Sanctuary
4. The Rainmaker
5. City Of Angels
6. Elaine
7. Thru The Walls
8. Sword Of God
9. Blessing Of A Smile
10. Red Alert
11. Serious Dreamers

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005O6NF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Askounes on September 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When you hear CDs like "The Rainmaker", it REALLY makes you upset that so many young folks are getting forced to listen to Limp Bizkit, boy bands, talentless rap acts, and other simililar examples of today's nihilistic youth culture. Thank God (or whoever) that there is a band like the Flower Kings to give music lovers something worthwhile to listen to. These guys, IMHO, are the best band out there at the moment, and after seeing them live it's amazing how tight they are.
For long time FK fans, "Rainmaker" will take some time to get used to (much like their previous outing "Space Revolver"). However, once it gets a hold on you, it simply does not let go. The opening track "Last Minute on Earth" features Hasse Froeberg's powerful and inhuman singing, along with some killer keyboard chops from Tomas. Throughout the rest of the CD, The Flower Kings hop around from standard prog (Road to Sanctuary) to R&B (Serious Dreamers) to heavy metal (Sword of God) to classical (The Rainmaker) - and they mix and match these style seamlessly.
While all the musicians are of course phenomenal (especially bassist Jonas - to see him live is nothing short of incredible), special mention must be made of drummer Jaime Salazar, who makes his final appearance as a Flower King on this CD. His drumming is wonderful throughout the album, and he will definitely be missed.
This one is simple - if you love good music with musician that can play the hell out of their instruments, but still focus on songwriting and melody, then you should buy this CD. And, if you're one of those who thinks the music world starts and ends with MTV, come check out what people with actual talent can do when they set their minds to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sven B. Schreiber on October 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The "Limited Edition" of "The Rainmaker" comes in the form of a DigiBook with additional - and very nice - photos of the band members, and a bonus CD with 18:42 minutes of more music plus two video tracks. Attention, Tomas Bodin Fans: Get this album IMMEDIATELY! It really pays off!
I have already reviewed the regular version of this album elsewhere, so I'll restrict myself to the additional tracks:
* Excerpt From Valkyrian (3:14): As the title suggests, this is a popular theme written by Richard Wagner, arranged for keyboards by Tomas Bodin.
* Mr. Hope Goes To Salzburg (0:50): A charming neo-baroque keyboard solo by Tomas Bodin. What a pity that it's only 50 seconds!
* One Whole Half (5:16): A nice fusion track by Jonas Reingold with zappaesque traits and a very prominent slap bass line. (We already know that Jonas is a good composer from his earlier work with his metal bands "Midnight Sun" and "Reingold".)
* Agent Supreme (2:32): Huh? Mr. Stolt goes R&B? Well, this track is far off the usual Flower Kings style. My least favorite on this bonus disc...
* Violent Brat (4:31): Tomas Bodin to the max. This is my favorite, and constitutes new evidence that Tomas is no less a genius than Roine Stolt. A short piece of Hammond-oriented music in Emersonian tradition.
* The Woman With No Shadow (2:18): One of the rare cases where Mr. Bodin adds lyrics to his music. A nice and calm folk tune with swedish (!) lyrics (I suppose).
Bottom line: Even if you already own the regular version of "The Rainmaker" (which is one of Roine Stolt's best so far), I highly recommend to buy this special edition as well - the bonus tracks justify this additional expense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vin DiLiddo on October 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Before this release, I asked myself how can this band possibly follow-up the astonishing work of 'Space Revolver'? Somehow, Roine Stolt (Lead Guitar, Vocals) and his Flower Kings have taken a solid progressive foundation and has built on it's outstanding musicianship and style over the years. You may have heard that "The Flower Kings is today's YES", well I can assure you that this is absolutely true! No other band in the world today epitomizes solid creative and melodic progressive music than this 'musicians dream' band. You hear 'something new' everytime you play this CD, just like the previous works. The more you become familiar with these songs you will pick up melodic weavings and themes you may not have noticed before.
It is really and impeccable work of art.
I was lucky enough to see Roine and the boys live in Cambridge a few days before this CD was released, and they exceeded all of my expectations. What an awesome show!
Michael Stolt and Jaime Salazar have departed but yet the Kings have gotten even better! Tomas (Keyboards)is perfect for this band, Hasse (Vocals, Guitar) is absolutely amazing! Jonas (Bass) is one of the best and most melodic Bass players I've ever seen, and Zoltan (Drums) is not only a great guy to talk to, but one hell of a accomplished Prog Drummer!
This Band Rules! The RainMaker is a must for any progressive music collection. Thank God for the Flower Kings!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Morris Buel on January 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm still waiting for this album to grab my the way "Space Revolver" did after a few listens... Don't get me wrong this album has some absolutely mesmerizing moments, but i think overall... the flow of the CD is absolutely destroyed by the poor lyrics... not only the words chosen but how they are sang. Listen to Space Revolver right after this and see if you still think this album deserves a perfect rating. I've heard some complain about the chorus on City of Angels.. while that is annoying, I found the chorus on Serious Dreamers to be near grating. thankfully it's only repeated a couple of times. I think I would break the CD down as follows:
Instrumental side: 5
Vocal Side: 3 1/2 (It's still better than 100% of the MTV bands.)
Lyrical Side: 2 (This album's lyrics are really lacking.)
Overall: 3.75 Good but far from the best TFK release. I realize they were trying to go for a darker feel... but I think they need to do a little more experimentation to get the "feel" right. If you want Awesome Dark prog check out Ayreon's "the Dream Sequencer." That is one of the few albums I can listen to start to finish without skipping any track. And for TFK fans, I would get "Space Revolver" instead which is BY FAR the best TFK release.
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