Exposé Online banner

The Flower Kings — Back in the World of Adventures
(Foxtrot CD015, 1995, CD)

by Mike Grimes, Published 1996-08-01

Back in the World of Adventures Cover art

Don't let the name fool you. The Flower Kings can jam! Take some soulful groove drumming, occasional Frippertronic style guitar, medieval flute-led romps in 7, and a plethora of keyboard and guitar tones. Combine that with the smoothness of Camel and that's a starting point for what Back in the World of Adventures can sound like. It's much more than this though. There are tons of nice long instrumental sections, like the majestic middle section in the opener, "World of Adventure," melodic Steve Hackett style layered backing vocals, cool chord changes - not to mention gobs of Hammond and Mellotron. The lead vocals are sparse and unobtrusive for the most part, with the exception of those in "My Cosmic Lover," which are sort of aggravating. The variety of guitar tones, and the combination of both vintage and modern keyboard textures gives the album a fresh sound - perhaps in some purgatory between retro and neo prog. While several comparisons can be made about their sound at any given point, there's so much variety in the music that no couple of influences are evident throughout the entire work. Although the album is over an hour long, it doesn't seem to drag along, which is saying something in itself. I guess it's true: you can never go wrong with lots of odd meter.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 10, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): The Flower Kings, Roine Stolt, Hasse Bruniusson

Latest news

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ancient Future - Asian Fusion – Around 1980, Ancient Future released two excellent albums of acoustic world-music, the second of which (Natural Rhythms) remains a landmark of the genre, with its surreal eccentricity and sonic...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues