The Sum Of No Evil (2CD) Limited Edition, Extra tracks
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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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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Wow, I like these guys. Song have many sections, key changes, meter changes.
Songs are well written and manage to change grooves very gracefully. Read more
As others in their reviews have referred to, Sum of No Evil is an album that has the misfortune of coming well after some of their earlier masterpieces and as such, suffers by... Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by Brian
I will not go into too much detail but I was very pleased with this disc. All I can say is that this is a very good prog album and the Flower Kings did not disappoint. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by JOHN L. KOWAL
FK bookend their latest with the only really interesting tracks, putting together a typically swollen release with many uplifting tidbits inside a tired whole.Published on April 20, 2010 by IRate
Flower Kings return with a consistent, inspired and solid album this time, intensely focusing on symphonic progressive rock. Read morePublished on October 7, 2008 by Minkosaurus
The Flower Kings have been one of the most prolific and successful progressive rock bands of the past decade. Read morePublished on September 19, 2008 by Steven Sly
IMHO, best FKs album since Unfold the Future. Not one bad song on the album, which is good, considering that all but two songs are over 12 minutes. Read morePublished on August 5, 2008 by Dr. M
I had not actually ever heard of this band until I read a review of this CD on a progressive music website that I frequent. Read morePublished on May 19, 2008 by JP