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Flower Kings — Instant Delivery
(Inside Out Music SPV 79187 2DVD, 2006, 2DVD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2008-01-01

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Instant Delivery is a concert video shot in Holland during The Flower Kings’ 2006 Paradox Hotel tour. The intent with this 2-DVD set was to present the group’s show in as straightforward a manner as possible, so you won’t get any fancy effects or video gimmickry here, which I find to be refreshing. You get the entire concert here, including inbetween song chatter and (multiple) encores so for those who’ve never seen The Flower Kings live this is about as close as you can get to the real thing. The camera work for the most part is solid with all the musicians covered from several points of view and good use made of wide shots as well as close ups. Both the lighting and sound are excellent with 5.1 Dolby stereo an available option. From a performance standpoint the band are spot on from start to finish and their musicianship is superb. I’m suspecting some post-production clean up work might have been employed, though this has become standard operating procedure for concert DVDs so I wouldn’t fault them if this is the case. The lack of interviews or any bonus material may irk some, though this was no doubt part of “the show and nothin’ but the show” thinking behind this video. Of course, your preference for The Flower Kings’ music will largely dictate how much you enjoy Instant Delivery, though I’d expect those who don’t care for their brand of ear-friendly progressive rock to avoid this one anyway


Filed under: Audio, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Tomas Bodin, The Flower Kings, Roine Stolt

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