2001 – The Flower Kings – Rainmaker

This is another stellar recording by The Flower Kings and the final appearance as a Flower King of drummer Jaime Salazar. All musicians play the hell out of their instruments and focus on song writing and melodies. This album is a bit more serious and accessible, even more elegant and majestic, than their former albums but it’s still incredibly intricate, straight forward and tightly played.

You can hear influences of Kerry Livgren, early Kansas in some of the songs and the whole album (just 1 CD this time) is quite consistent. The beautiful melodies keep floating, stay constantly present in your mind and really touch your heart.

Tracks:
  1. Last Minute On Earth
  2. World Without A Heart
  3. Road To Sanctuary
  4. The Rainmaker
  5. City Of Angels
  6. Elaine
  7. Thru The Walls
  8. Sword Of God
  9. Blessing Of A Smile
  10. Red Alert
  11. Serious Dreamers
Line-up:
  • Roine Stolt – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
  • Hasse Fröberg – Vocals, Vocoder
  • Tomas Bodin – Keys, Wagnerism & Theatrical first aid
  • Jonas Reingold – Fender Bass, Fretless bass
  • Jaime Salazar – Drums
Additional musicians:
  • Hasse Bruniusson – Percussion, Chains
  • Ulf Wallander – Soprano Saxophone

Produced by Don Azarro.

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