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The Sum Of No Evil (2CD) Limited Edition, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Inside Out / SPV
  • ASIN: B000U9XG0C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One More Time 13.10
2. Love Is The Answer 25.50
3. Trading My Soul 7.25
4. The Sum Of No Reason 13.25
5. Flight 999 (Brimstone Air) 5.00
6. Life In Motion 13.30

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For more than a decade Sweden's now legendary progressive rock giants, The Flower Kings have dominated the new worldwide Prog revival. Originally drawing from obvious influences such as Yes and Genesis, the Flower Kings have evolved into a seasoned and mature band who's sound is now as recognizable as that of their mentors. A sound that has come to be adored by fans and press alike. Over the years The Flower Kings have experimented with various approaches to their writing, arrangements and instrumentation, but The Sum Of No Evil represents something of a return to their roots and traditions. The result: This is The Flower Kings at their best - melodic and timeless progressive rock played by masters of their instruments.

The bonus disc on the Special Edition contains four additional tracks as well as a making of The Sum Of No Evil .

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Overall, the album starts off slow, but ends very well.
J. Pager
Bodin's solo where he extrapolates all kinds of synth tones is simply fascinating and forms the precursor to the two guitarists' wonderful guitar cascades.
Murat Batmaz
Highly recommended for lovers of this genre, and a great place to start for anyone new to the Kings.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on December 7, 2007
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No one can say that The Flower Kings are not comprised of a bunch of musical polymaths. And no one can accuse the chief Flower King himself of flip-flopping on his long love affair with utopian idealism. Leader Roine Stolt could be called "the last hippie" for his social values and his personal style both of which are certainly reflected in his songwriting. The issue of The Sum of No Evil finds The Flower Kings veering from their recent experimental path and going back to the basics that brought them to prominence in the first place.
Some reviewers say that this CD is just a reincarnation of some of the band's previous albums, albeit with some modifications. And there is some truth in that. You have the long, meandering tunes that give each musician a chance to shine and lyrically you have all the utopian yearnings that characterize not just the band's earlier work but also much of leader Roine Stolt's solo efforts. Thus TFK seem to be playing it safe this time.
So why get the album? Well, these are a bunch of seasoned and highly skilled musicians who have worked well together for a long time, so among that which seems familiar there are always more than a few surprises. When you include the worthwhile bonus disc, you get about an hour and a half's worth of very enjoyable music that for me seems to sound better each time around. Then there is the handsome booklet with lyrics and pictures of the band that add value and enjoyment. As for the bonus video, I don't know if it works as I have not yet tried mine.
Though I like the entire album to varying degrees, my favorite cuts are the epic Love Is The Only Answer and the Tomas Bodin composition Flight 999 Brimstone Air.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Schultz on September 29, 2007
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The Flower Kings have returned, once again, with a magnificent album full of spiraling notes and intricate details. In a return to the earlier roots of the band, this album can described as following in the grand tradition of Stardust We Are and Retropolis, but it also hails many of the virtuoso qualities found on Unfold The Future. This is largely due to the presense of the percussion great Zoltan Csorz combined with bassist extrordinaire, Jonas Reingold. There is no denying that this "powerpack in the back" is a force to be reckoned with! Add to the mix the talents of Hasse Froberg on vocals and guitar, and the genius of guitar master/composer, Roine Stolt and his partner in crime, Tomas Bodin on keyboards, and you have sheer musical brilliance!

Although the band has stated that the Sum Of No Evil is a return to the bands roots of Symphonic Prog, Jazz enthusiasts will be delighted to know that there are still some of the offbeat improvisational pieces, like Flight 999 Brimstone Air, that are still invovative and seriously fun!

The album begins with an epic, One More Time, which is a musical whirlwind in the grand tradtion of The Truth Will Let You Free. It leads into another grand epic, Love Is The Only Answer, which has a chorus that harkens back to Stardust We Are -- Close to divine, it is! Trading my Soul is a retrospective with brilliant guitar work by Master Stolt. The Sum Of No Reason is a summation of all that came before in the grand TFK style and tradition. The Jazzy Brimstone Air is followed by Life In Motion which is full of all the love that was put into this album. Yes, the Sum Of No Evil does equal LOVE, and there is no shortage of heart on this record!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on September 25, 2007
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Every new album from The Flower Kings may be misleading at first, as Roine Stolt always writes songs that reveal themselves upon repeat listenings. The Sum of No Evil proceeds in a similar style, exhibiting detailed arrangements that one may not notice right away. With the great Zoltan Csorsz back on drums, the unit's unbreakable rhythm battery is as strong as ever. Not that the previous album Paradox Hotel was a failure or anything, but it's a given that most Flower Kings fans would prefer Csorsz over most drummers.

Stolt has explained that this album would be a return-to-the-roots effort, as they had removed themselves from jazz and pop as much as possible. This is true to a certain extent; The Sum of No Evil contains fewer pop parts, but with the inclusion of Csorsz who has always been associated with the norms of jazzy playing, it would be unthinkable for the band to delve into some fusion-laden sections. This is particularly audible on the monster track "Love is the Only Answer" which sharply contrasts the opener "One More Time", a vintage prog rock piece filled with a strong rhythmic angle, warm guitar melodies, and Retropolis-like synth patches. The analogue vibe is more effective than before, which could be attributed to the fact that they recorded the album on 70's vintage recording equipment.

"Love is the Only Answer", on the other hand, is just shy of the 25-minute mark. This one contains lots of theatrical vocals by Roine Stolt, where he moves from laidback soft sung parts to more aggressive sections in order to portray the necessary mood. The heavier passages are often underpinned by squealing keyboards and tense instrumental breaks; this is also where the transition into a jazzier space becomes inevitable.
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