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In the years when YES weren’t able to recapture all the progressive magic they once produced, there has always been THE FLOWER KINGS to turn to. While “The Sum of No Evil” might not be in the upper echelons of my favourite FK albums, it does contain the magnificent side-long opus ‘Love is the Only Answer’, top musicianship (guaranteed) and the most intelligent and perceptive lyrics that are never afraid to explore the spiritual realm: these lines are from ‘The Sum of No Reason’:

You don’t know who sent you here.

You can’t see them pull the strings.

Bet they’ve got a damn good reason.

“The Sum of No Evil” has never sounded better after the Roine Stolt remaster and a partial remix, and like all FLOWER KINGS albums remains essential – and there’s a new one on the way – watch this space!

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