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Stardust We Are [Import]

The Flower Kings, The Flower KingsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Inside Out
  • ASIN: B002QVOPXE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. In the Eyes of the World
2. A Room With a View
3. Just This Once
4. Church of Your Heart
5. Porr Mr. Rain; S Ordinary Guitar
6. The Man Who Walked With Kings
7. Circus Brimstone
8. Crying Clown
9. Compassion
Disc: 2
1. Pipes of Peace
2. The End of Innocence
3. The Merry-Go-Round
4. Don of the Universe
5. A Day at the Mall
6. Different People
7. Kingdom of Lies
8. If 28
9. Ghost of the Red Cloud
10. Hotel Nirvana
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweden's melting pot of prog overflows. July 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Weird as it seems, that title is the primary image the Flower Kings give me. Their style is primarily rooted in not-quite-copying ELP, Genesis and Yes, but they perpetually reach for anything and everything else they can think of; keyboard-heavy prog, straight rock, harmony-laden pop, classical, Baroque, reggae, folk, psychedelia, anything is fair game. They're a magnet for every overused 'pretentious' cliche the critics can dig out yet they seem utterly ego-free. Their reach is so far-flung that I can't help wondering if they'll ever grasp it all. Such bombast (I don't mean that as a bad thing) is perfectly suited to the grand sweeping double-album epics that marked the 70s prog movement, and they take full advantage of it with the monstrous 145 minutes of Stardust We Are. Just about any fan of said movement will like at least two-thirds of it.. provided they can stomach a generous helping of grand orchestrations with enough different keyboards to give Keith Emerson a headache. (If you don't know who Keith Emerson is, you probably shouldn't even be reading this review yet. Try Trilogy by ELP.)
All the other classic elements are here - three tracks stretch into the ten-minute zone and the three-part closer clocks in at a grand 25. That title track builds its mood with fantastic imagery and a wonderful piano bridge before soaring into space on an impossibly high-flying chorus. In anyone else's hands it would seem like pure cheese, but somehow it's utterly captivating. I consider "Circus Brimstone" the standout of the extended tracks, a dark carnival packed full of instrumental twists and turns that take days or weeks to get your head around. It seems the perfect complement to the acoustic wizardry of "...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Swedish prog rockers The Flower Kings are an accomplished group of musicians with influences deeply rooted in the 70s' progressive scene. The most prominent influences I hear are Yes and ELP, but there's lots more here. There are infrequent times when The Flower Kings veer dangerously close to aping their prestigious influences, but luckily they are skilled composers who can rely on their own imagination as less on the established conventions of the genre.
Stardust We Are is a monster of an album, spanning two discs for about 140 minutes of music. One might suspect that such an lengthy studio work would contain reams of filler material, but actually this is not the case. For the most part, Stardust We Are is a strong collection of songs. With a few tracks the album slips into mediocrity, but when the albums shines it's sheer excellence.
The energetic opener "In the Eyes of the World" is a good dose of solid progressive music, but it's far from the best this disc has to offer. "Church of Your Heart" is one of the most perfect songs I've ever heard. The vocal melodies in the ten-minute ballad are completely beautiful, with vocalists Roine Stolt and Hans Froberg trading leads to inject the most emotion into any given verse. After this, the album moves into instrumental territory. "Poor Mr. Rain's Ordinary Guitar" is a pleasant treat to some low-key acoustic wizardry from Roine. "The Man Who Walked With Kings" is an AWESOME, grandiose and uplifting instrumental. "Circus Brimstone" is a crazy instrumental, whose dynamics are enough to provide plenty of steam for its 12 minute length. It's pretty wacky stuff. The first disc closes with "Compassion," where Roine Stolt reveals one of his more subtle influences, Pink Floyd.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stardust They Are--It's close to Divine December 3, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Truly a post-prog masterpiece. The perennial problem with many neo-prog bands is an annoying tendency to write "Close to the Edge Part II" and not be too creative. Sweden's Flower Kings evade this by doing their own thing...though what that is, I'm not quite sure! Led by guitarist/writer/guiding light Roine Stolt, they take you on a zany, breathtaking, spiritual, hilarious, bizarre journey through the realms of Yes, Genesis, Zappa, psychedelica, fusion, pipe-organ hymns,folk, and God knows what else...from the opening Hammond shuffle-crunch of "In the Eyes of the World" to the majestic, uplifting "Church of Your Heart" to the schizoid fusion instrumental "Circus Brimstone" to the haunting, almost industrial "Compassion" to the energetic world-beat playfulness of "The Merrygoround" to the pseudo-reggae "Ghost of the Red Cloud" to the masterful, 25-minute epic prog closer "Stardust We Are", the Kings leave few stones unturned. Keysman Tomas Bodin, singer Hans Froberg, bassman Michael Stolt(since replaced by Jonas Reingold), and drummer Jaime Salazar all navigate Roine Stolt's varied compositions with a cohesiveness that keeps you from noticing that the songs are barely contained musical anarchy. Lyrically, they navigate the treacherous waters of the heart and soul, much in the tradition of Yes. Positive hippie ideals resound, social justice comments are pointed, and pleas for heartfelt sincerity abound, underpinned with some subtle, unoffensive, vaguely Christian overtones. Stolt has something here; I'm not even sure he realizes how much he has. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
haven't really given this a good private listen or multiple good listens
there might be one song i like so far
i'm impressed with 2 first flower kings albums
but the... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kevin William Finn
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I've been listening to Stardust We Are for only 2 days and I am stunned by how good it is. Since the early 70's I have been way into progressive, immersing myself during those... Read more
Published 8 months ago by colleen99
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Please do not judge this album by some of the negative reviews given by some progressive music fans. The prog community is hard to please. Read more
Published 12 months ago by RD
5.0 out of 5 stars MY new all-time favorite!
I can count myself among those who experienced the first wave of progressive rock that took the world by storm in the good old 1970's. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by ProgFrog57
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening
I actually enjoyed this two-disc set and found their signature blend of symphonic pop and stadium rock to work pretty well. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Jeffrey J.Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
I never heard of the Flower Kings before I heard them on Deep Tracks channel on XM radio.

I couldn't remember the name of the song from the radio. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by James J Franklin
4.0 out of 5 stars Shimmering session
Despite the length, claims of more filler seem unfounded, as this sounds like one of the King's most inspired, instrumental-heavy sonic ascensions to date (though in fairness the... Read more
Published on February 21, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flower Kings - One Of The Band's Best
"Stardust" is the album where The Flower Kings really hit their stride. It remains one of the best in their catalogue and contains what is probably my all time favorite Flower... Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the Flower Kings
This is an amazing album from the beginning until its magestic ending, the Epic "Stardust we are" You should listen to it at least five times before you begin to catch it, but it... Read more
Published on January 29, 2007 by Guy Campeau
4.0 out of 5 stars Flower Kings - Stardust We Are
I've had this album for a while, and took a long time to appreciate it. The initial listening left me feeling the whole thing was very contrived, but that was about 5 years ago. Read more
Published on November 8, 2006 by Joseph C. Helton
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