2006 – Flower Kings – Paradox Hotel

The Kings of prog rock have done it again and with this album they still remained at their lasting peak of creativity! This 2CD contains everything you hoped for, instant classic songs, strong catchy melodies, extremely strong and skillful playing..

The album is brilliantly structured and put together. The song range is diverse, and pretty exciting, going from the wonderfully melodic Monsters & Men, to straight-out operatic, rockier songs like Paradox Hotel. The vocals are as high quality as always, and each band member has his own moments to shine. Even Jonas and Hasse have written songs this time.

The mood is dark, peaceful, beautiful, thoughtful, moving, crazy – all the things that make up life itself. Choosing to stick with shorter songs this time, this move makes the album more accessible, and will no doubt invite new fans into the kingdom. It’s not their “commercial” album or breakthrough – what is commercial about the Unorthodox Dancing Lesson, and the psychedelic Pioneers Of Aviation and Bavarian Skies?

This is one of the best albums you’ve ever heard. Nothing is too long, too short. Everything is perfectly considered and put together with tender and care. This album is full of direction, pace, and overall, mind-blowing talent. Paradox Hotel contains some of the Kings best work, and the songs will go down as prog classics and an awesome display on the stage.

CD 1 – Room 111

  1. Check In
  2. Monsters & Men
  3. Jealousy
  4. Hit Me With A Hit
  5. Pioneers Of Aviation
  6. Lucy Had A Dream
  7. Bavarian Skies
  8. Selfconsuming Fire
  9. Mommy Leave The Light On
  10. End On A High Note

CD 2 – Room 222

  1. Minor Giant Steps
  2. Touch My Heaven
  3. The Unorthodox Dancing Lesson
  4. Man Of The World
  5. Life Will Kill You
  6. The Way The Waters Are Moving
  7. What If God Is Alone
  8. Paradox Hotel
  9. Blue Planet
Line-up:
  • Roine Stolt – Lead and backing vocals, guitars, grand piano, mellotron, percussion, mandolin, additional bass
  • Hasse Fröberg – Guitars, lead and backing vocals
  • Tomas Bodin – Organ, synthesizer, mellotron, keyboards, mini moog, Wurlitzer, Rhodes piano
  • Jonas Reingold – Fretted and fretless bass, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Marcus Liliequist – Drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Hasse Bruniusson – Marimba, percussion, bongos

Also check out their website for more (order) information.

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