Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Flower Kings Instant Delivery|
Actor: The Flower Kings
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
The Flower Kings, the band around mastermind Roine Stolt, prove live to be a musical adventure in a class of their own. There is hardly a band that celebrates classic progressive rock as they do, as they clearly rejoice... more »
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x_bruce | 10/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What most impressed me with the DVD, "Instant Delivery" was the nicely balanced (in terms of time) collection of songs played.
While the tour supported the "Paradox Hotel" album I was very pleased both with the song selection from it and the choice of older material.
I really loved "Paradox Hotel, feeling like it was more organic sounding and less complicated for the sake of complication which the "Adam and Eve" and "Unfold the Future" albums sometimes fell trapped to. I would have been happy to have heard the entire "Paradox Hotel" album as the concert but admit that it was nice to hear some of the older songs played with the current lineup, which I feel is their strongest in terms of all-around quality and soulful performance.
In fact, there were many performance features that gave room for all band members to stretch out. Having Thomas Bodin on tour was a boost as he plays such a unique role as keyboardist and works as a near perfect foil to Roine Stolt's guitar work.
Though some may disagree, I feel there are times Stolt is overbearing, with too much soloing and dominance over the band. Here on "Instant Delivery" Roine is one of the band - a pretty important part, but still, more on the same level than he otherwise can be. And while Hasse Froberg may seem out of place as lead singer / leader of the band, I'd say that's a calculated decision. He does sing lead on most of the songs, and as the band has progressed, his abilities have grow. He's a good guitar player and pretty good on percussion too.
The rhythm section is superb! There are drummers that play so complex and abstract as to lose whomever the are playing with. Not so with Marcus Liliequist, who can tear up the kit and still stay firmly routed in the form and function of the song he's playing in. Similarly, bassist Jonas Reingold knows where to place limitations in order to keep his playing musical rather than ultra-technical and outside the spirit of the song. Both Liliequist and Reingold keep each song enjoyable by playing tightly, yet jumping of now and then into small areas of amazing playing. I believe the reign Roine in as well. Please note, when I say things like "reign Roine in" it is not meant in a mean or nasty way. Being the strongest functioning person in the band, there must be enormous pressure to hear non-stop guitar solos followed by lead vocals and the some more solos. In some of his projects he follows this instinct, and while it is interesting to hear, it is not The Flower Kings. The distribution of performance makes TFK such an interesting band.
This performance is exceptional and everything I hoped to hear from TFK. While the guys don't jump around or embarass themselves with stupid stunts, they are animated enough to be enjoyable to watch. I'd rather see great performances than hijinks, and the song-list is as smart as TFK performancess. What really made the concert for me was the lack of computers (sequencing) or new backup members to play the concert. The decidedly medium-tech setup just shows how great a band TFK are and what a good performance they gave.
This is a must get for fans and a good gift for people that like interesting music.
Great way to introduce (and hook) a new listener to this fan
Squire Jaco | Buffalo, NY USA | 09/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am not a big music dvd owner; I think I can count 7 of them off the top of my head....
But here are a few great reasons to expand your own collection to include this one:
1) The Flower Kings are simply making some of the best progressive rock around.
2) You'll probably never get to see them live (unless you live in Sweden).
3) This is a fantastic overview of much of their career.
I actually DID see them in Rochester, NY a couple of years ago (on this tour), and they were excellent. Here, they are playing to a relatively large (for them) audience, on a relatively small stage. They do so much improv and jamming in their live shows that you're likely to never see the same solo or jam twice in any concert. Over the past 15 years, they've probably produced over 1,300 hours of studio music, so this dvd barely makes a dent in their inventory, but still includes some great gems. You get a lot from their last cd ("Paradox Hotel"), which I feel is their best one yet. One thing I liked about PH was that they sounded like a BAND - not just Stolt and his merry virtuosos. Well, you get that same thing on this DVD - everyone contributes equally. Plenty of Stolt solo's to keep us happy, but also some close-ups of Bodin's stubby little fingers doing their magic on the keys, plus spotlights on all the others.
All around, this is just a great concert of great music, well photographed and recorded.