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Stardust We Are Import

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Audio CD, Import, October 20, 2009
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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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: PID
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on January 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2000
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mats Johansson on July 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've heard many complains about Flower Kings using filler tracks on their album. Well, I don't agree with that expression. If you ask the question "Which songs are the fillers?" you will get a different answer depending on who you're talking to. And just because a song is short and the only instrumentation is piano or acoustic guitar doesn't mean it's not real music. No, the thing with this album is that it demands a wide musical taste from the listener. If some tracks don't appeal to you, well then they're just not you're musical style.
I feel I'm one of the few who actually can enjoy every track here, although i like some more than others depending on my mood for the time. Some, like "Circus Brimstone", took a little extra time to get to like, but hey! I like music that takes time to get into, 'cause it often means they will last longer.
So, if you like the more symphonic and majestic kind of tunes with a grand and melodic chorus you'll probably like "In the Eyes of the World", "Just This Once", "Church of Your Heart", "End of Innocence", "Merryground", maybe "Compassion" and the title track "Stardust We Are". If you want the more verse/chorus oriented normal-length songs then go for "Different People", "Kingdom of Lies", "Ghost of the Red Cloud" and maybe a couple of the afore-mentioned tracks. The rest of the tracks are instrumental, but they're quite different from one another, so it's up to each and every one who can manage without vocals to decide what's tasty.
Last of all, I must give credit to these guys for making me happy, and for being a pride of my homecountry.
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