The Flower Kings
Paradox Hotel

Release date: March 27th 2006
Label: InsideOutMusic
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Progressive Rock

Rating: 68/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: April 2nd 2006


The creative duo behind The Flower Kings - Thomas Bodin and Roine Stolt - has to be among the most productive musicians in progressive rock. Roine Stolt released his latest solo-album back in November 2005, and Thomas Bodin has also released a solo-album within the last year. And the last The Flower Kings album only dates back to the middle of 2004.

"Paradox Hotel" is another double-decker, which has no less than 18 songs on offer. The music is a lot more laid back and melodic than their last few albums, a nice step in the right direction. I feel this route fit their music much better, and this album is their best album since "Flower Power" from 1998.

The big mammoth compositions are still at hand, and their do get into progressive rock orgies like we know from their previous albums. Just take a listen to "Monsters & Men" and you'll know what I am talking about...

I don't think I'll ever be a huge fan of their style, but is pretty sure this will go down easy with The Flower Kings fans, and fans of old school 70's progressive rock. So if you love their previous stuff, then get this one as well, because it's a pleasant experience, if you are into this kind of music.