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Rainmaker

The Flower KingsAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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The Flower Kings is a rockgroup from Sweden that play melodic art & progressive- rock. The band started in 1994 as a result of the interest in Stolt's solo album "The Flower King", Flowerkings (TFK) quickly became somewhat of a phenomenon in the progressive rock community for everyone that once loved bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Zappa, ... Read more in Amazon's The Flower Kings Store

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  • 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: #174,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Band on the Planet 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are we listening to the same CD? October 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I know that tastes differ widely-even among rabid FK fans, but its hard to imagine that we are listening to the same CD after reading some of these reviews. I guess I can partly understand the feast or famine response to this album-is it because it actually is less quirky and more consistant than all of their others? Yes it is more serious and a little more brooding at times-but these are incredibly intricate and tightly played songs-even the straight forward "World without a Heart". "Thru the Walls","Sword of God", and"Serious Dreamers". And how can you not realize that "Road to Sanctuary" is probably the most beautifully crafted 10-15 min. mini-epic they've ever recorded! Featuring a haunting accoustic mid-section,a beautiful yet powerful bass line by Jonas Reingold(at the end)and powerful lyrics and singing throughout by Roine Stolt."Last Minute on Earth" is not far behind-and one of their best openers-and even though it rocks harder than most FK songs-they pull it off brilliantly. "City of Angels" is another under-rated mini epic reminiscient of "Back in the World of Adventures". I will admit the instrumentals don't do a whole lot for me and are the weakest links on the CD-but this is still by far the most consistent FK CD out there IMO-and a must for all PROG fans! The FK still reign supreme!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tomas Bodin bonus tracks!!! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Perfection!!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite group
I got this album cause I liked the group there music is great I will always get there music great group
Published 14 days ago by Mark W. Seward
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
I like the music on this CD, and I feel that the songs are pretty good. It is a bit different than previous TFK albums, however I still find this piece of work more enjoyable and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RD
4.0 out of 5 stars Delievered!
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Thank you very much your Music CD.
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Published 4 months ago by Young Jun Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Without The Sword of God
This is a great CD except for the 6 minutes that "The Sword of God" lasts. This is just not a very good song in fact it it a very bad one. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Hornell Fred
3.0 out of 5 stars Less blessed
One of modern progressive rock's more consistent groups, TFK's are able to achieve passing grades even on their lesser albums simply from an admirable desire to flesh out material-... Read more
Published on February 16, 2010 by IRate
3.0 out of 5 stars Travels the well-worn path of what has come before
When this album came out in 2001, I marveled at the fact that the group was still grinding away at the same neo-prog style. Read more
Published on February 1, 2010 by Jeffrey J.Park
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flower Kings - Shorter To The Point Songs
I've seen this album take a lot of heat from Flower Kings fans over the years. It is generally rated as one of their lesser albums by a lot of people, but I have always thought it... Read more
Published on March 11, 2007 by Steven Sly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, not their greatest
Another good work from the Flower Kings, no masterpieces here but very good album. My only complaint is for track number six "Elaine" is by far the worst song ever wrote by Mr. Read more
Published on January 29, 2007 by Guy Campeau
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as usual!
Another stellar performance by The Flower Kings. The only reason I didn't give this album 5 stars is that nothing can outperform their "Space Revolver" album (one of the best prog... Read more
Published on August 20, 2005 by Johan Svahnstrom
4.0 out of 5 stars AFTER FURTHER REVIEW...
I LISTENED TO THIS RECENTLY AFTER NOT LISTENING TO IT FOR QUITE AWHILE. I REMEMBER THAT I DIDN'T LIKE IT AT FIRST. BUT NOW I FIND I CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO IT. Read more
Published on May 15, 2005 by NEOPROG RAN
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