Stardust We Are Import
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't get it. I like progressive rock, but not sure what to call this. Forced myself to listen twice and that was it.Published on June 28, 2014 by Mark Scarano
there are some cool parts sprinkled throughout
songs can seem long and drawn out
the songs are complex and hard to swallow, but once you get it, it's great
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 morePublished on July 24, 2013 by colleen99
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 morePublished on April 15, 2013 by RD
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 morePublished on April 9, 2012 by ProgFrog57
I actually enjoyed this two-disc set and found their signature blend of symphonic pop and stadium rock to work pretty well. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Jeffrey J.Park
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
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 morePublished on February 21, 2010 by IRate