TOMAS BODIN ‘Sonic Boulevard’ (Inside Out ) (2003)
"Sonic Boulevard" is the second solo album from Tomas Bodin, the keyboard
player for Swedish prog-rockers the Flower Kings. This album will take the
listener on a journey through Ambient, Soundtrack and Jazz Music using Prog
as the main reference. Tomas's original vision was to release "Sonic
Boulevard" as a low budget project and sold exclusively through the
internet, but Roine Stolt (fellow musician in The Flower Kings) listened to
his material and encouraged him to make a regular release. Tomas followed
his advice and the result is this 10 track CD.
Tomas had a helping hand from his Flower Kings colleagues Jonas Reingold
(bass) and Zoltan Csorsz (drums) who also helped him in his first solo
release "Pinup Guru" and also additional help (appearances) from Hans
Bruniusson, Ulf Wallander and Roine Stolt.
There are many interesting songs in this release. The CD starts with "The
Prayer", a song that fits it's name - a really interesting choice for an
opening track. The following track "The Hero From the Cloud City"is a
tribute to Pink Floyd (listen to the guitar theme and you will understand
what I'm saying). "Back to the African Garden" has a really catchy keyboard
melody and an interesting prog rhythm base. "Picture" is a really emotional
song where the Piano and the Flute are the main instruments. It's a song
that you will really enjoy when having a cup of tea on a rainy day standing
in front of your window. The album will keep you interested until the very
last song "The Night Will Fall".
Bottom Line: Don't expect to listen to another Flower Kings album, but do
expect to listen to a "soul deposit" from a really inspirational artist!