Tuesday 20 February 2018
Anderson/Stolt - Invention Of Knowledge (2016)
The debut album from this cooperation between the two giants of progressive rock.
Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt did the vocals, synths and guitars here.
They had help from numerous other musicians from mostly Sweden/The Flower Kings who provided drums, bass, keyboards, grand piano, piano, synths and backing vocals.
Neither Jon Anderson or Roine Stolt need any introduction. Yes and The Flower Kings is among the giants in the progressive rock world.
A cooperation and an album from these two was not that an obvious career choice, though. But the record label Inside Out got the two men together and some song writing over the internet ensued. Then they recorded this album.
Does this album sounds more like Yes or The Flower Kings ?
I would say this album sounds like Jon Anderson on a The Flower Kings album. He has though contributed with a lot of his own stuff, though. Everything here is original stuff, as in contrast with the Anderson/Ponty album. But this album still sounds like a The Flower Kings album. Maybe that is because The Flower Kings has always had a big chunk of Yes in their music.
The sound is very much The Flower Kings.
The music on this one hour long album is symphonic prog with lots of longer suites and classical music influences. It is classic symphonic prog with a lot of complex music and details.
It is also a very good album indeed. A lot of wisdom and efforts has gone into this project and that shows. This is an honest project with the purpose of creating timeless great music and they have almost succeeded. I am positive surprised and pleased. Check out this album.