The Future Kings of England
The Viewing Point


4.5
superb

Review

by menawati CONTRIBUTOR (91 Reviews)
December 6th, 2012 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A lovingly crafted and deeply atmospheric concept album full of psychedelic spacefaring sonics which unabashedly seeks to recall the spirit of Pink Floyd in their 70's heyday.

A man sits alone in his car looking out to sea and reflects upon his life. He ponders the more joyful moments from his past when he used to come to this "Viewing Point" with his family at weekends. But now they are gone; he is all alone and sits here steeped in melancholic thoughts as the waves crash upon the shore. He looks forward to an uncertain future and is full of doubt as to where his life will take him.

This is the loose concept of The Viewing Point, the third album from the UK based psychedelic rock band The Future Kings Of England. These chaps are unashamedly rooted in the past with their brand of Pink Floyd inspired progressive rock, serving up a retro diet of mellotron and organ infused psychedelia replete with haunting spacebound melodies and interstellar sonics.

The album opens to the sound of our hero arriving in his car at the viewing point with the simply titled "Go..". This song immediately sets the scene for what is to come with plaintive acoustic guitar chords ringing out above a backdrop of mournful organ sounds before a wailing melody peeps it's head out from above the clouds and some tasteful Gilmouresque lead guitar takes over to ease the song into its dark crescendo of a conclusion. "Sea Saw" racks things up a notch with some retro prog riffing which eventually falls away to reveal some beautiful piano and mellotron passages laced with hints of the acoustic guitar theme from the opener. A memorable second half dominated by lead guitar gives a nod to Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds. The highlight of the album has to be the 13 minute "Time Flies Like an Arrow," which starts with a slow mellotron-infused psychedelic gait and once again includes some wonderful David Gilmour influenced lead guitar lines. An undulating bass line takes over to propel the music forward into a slowly building spacebound texture of mellotron swirls and organ which culminates with some aggressive riffing and a beautiful soaring melody to bring this mini-epic to a close. The title track itself exhibits an eerie and foreboding quality and undergoes major shifts in dynamics from dramatic highs to soul-searching lows as the man in the car analyses his troubled life. The song eventually falls away to the quiet sound of rain spattering upon the windscreen of the car and abruptly cuts off with a sharp rapping at the window, leaving us to wonder if the man has decided that this journey to the viewing point has been the last he will ever make.

Mournful, foreboding, eerie, melancholic: these are just some of the adjectives I have used in attempting to describe the music on this lovingly crafted album and they fit the whole atmosphere perfectly. This is not the sort of music that grabs you by the scruff of the neck; rather, it is the type of music that caresses you slowly over repeated listens allowing the subtleties and rich atmospherics to finally crawl under your skin. Pink Floyd fans, in particular, will find a lot to love in the way that The Future Kings of England manage to embrace the retro sounds of early 70's psychedelia in a tasteful fashion without descending into parody. This comes highly recommended for anyone with a hankering for some immaculately crafted traditional space/psych delivered with flair and honesty.



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is the kind of album that benefits from a full start to finish listen but here are a few tracks I found on youtube :-

Time Flies Like An Arrow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuRewpaOnJY
Rain Later - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq_FsVQOiqY
Sea Saw - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONKBZgyWLJE
The Viewing Point - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFrRuMLAjkI

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CaptainDooRight
December 6th 2012


29891 Comments


been hearing about this band gotta check

reading rev now

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


19918 Comments


we have the same amount of reviews just shows how much i've slowed down lol

good stuff pos'd

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


20993 Comments


Need to hear this. I like what I've heard of their latest album.

Jethro42
December 6th 2012


12478 Comments


I really love Time Flies, particularly its last few minutes. Epic track. Gonna listen to the rest.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if you like something of theirs you probably going to like everything they've done, they don't vary much, none of it is groundbreaking but it's really enjoyable

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


20993 Comments


Would you say this is their best?

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

probably is for me, although their debut is generally considered the best

CaptainDooRight
December 6th 2012


29891 Comments


yup def swee rev, pos

gonna have to check dis

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

salute

NightmareCinema16
December 6th 2012


2016 Comments


It's been a long time, mena. Nice review, btw. Have a POS.

CaptainDooRight
December 6th 2012


29891 Comments


isn't it for all of us

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7421 Comments


I'm pretty sure it's not my cup of tea, but great write-up nonetheless.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2012


4442 Comments


I heard this a while back. It was pretty entertaining. Great work on covering this POS'd.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks guys

tommygun
December 6th 2012


24988 Comments


pos hard downloading now

OmairSh
December 7th 2012


11547 Comments


"Nice review man, but I'm not too sure about all that allegorial imagery stuff in the italics"

Ring a bell? :D

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OmairSh
December 7th 2012


11547 Comments


Sounds interesting.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ring a bell? :D


ah good comeback , but it's not allegory it's actually the concept of the album as stated by the band



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