Unitopia – The Garden

Unitopia – The Garden

Amazon.com: Australian prog rockers Unitopia are another well-respected new band signed by the leading Progressive Rock/Metal label InsideOut Music. Their 2-CD album, The Garden follows a general concept about life, doubts in oneself and death as one possible solution to escape. Unitopia s lyrics are full of engagement of their band members with expressiveness and ambition. The musical influences come from the fields of classic Progressive Rock, Jazz and Hard Rock, which they weave into a unique mixture of sounds.

AMG review:┬áMany rock historians have said that progressive rock’s bloated excesses were one of the main reasons why the punk movement was an absolute necessity in the 1970s. To be sure, prog rock had its excesses back then — actually, prog rock (like prog metal) still has plenty of them in the 21st century — but when it wasn’t too self-indulgent for its own good, prog rock gave listeners some true classics, including Yes’ Fragile and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. Greatly influenced by British groups likeYes, Pink Floyd, and Genesis, Unitopia provide prog rock that is easy to absorb and doesn’t allow itself to be suffocated by a sense of self-importance. The Garden is ambitious; during the course of this two-CD set, Unitopia incorporate everything from jazz to hard rock. But the Australian prog rockers manage to avoid sounding like they are full of themselves; in fact, The Garden has a lot of heart. And at the end of the day, this 2008 release is simply a collection of very listenable songs. Although it is best to enjoy The Garden as a whole, the individual songs can easily stand on their own. Of course, that has often been said about Fragile; many Yes fans prefer to listen to that 1971 recording from start to finish, but “Heart of the Sunrise,” “Roundabout,” and “Long Distance Runaround” are still meaningful if one opts to listen to those songs individually. Similarly, Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine” works perfectly well on its own even if one hasn’t heard the rest of Wish You Were Here. And those artists have obviously taught Unitopia that the most substantial prog rock isn’t just about ambition — it is about honest-to-God songcraft. That isn’t to say that The Garden is in a class withFragile or Wish You Were Here, only that Yes and Pink Floyd (along with early Genesis) have been positive influences on Unitopia, whose The Garden is a respectable, nicely crafted example of what prog rock had to offer in 2008. –by Alex Henderson

 

Unitopia – The Garden Tracklist

Disc 1

1. One Day (2:27)
2. The Garden (22:35)
3. Angeliqua (9:50)
4. Here I Am (3:19)
5. I Wish I Could Fly (6:51)
6. Inside The Power (4:31)

Disc 2

1. Journeys Friend (16:28)
2. Give And Take (5:09)
3. When Im Down (5:41)
4. This Life (4:47)
5. Love Never Ends (3:48)
6. So Far Away (2:11)
7. Dont Give Up Love (7:49)
8. 321 (5:31)

 

Line-up / Musicians

– Mark Trueack / Vocals
– Sean Timms / Guitar, Keyboard
– Matt Williams / Guitar
– Monty Ruggiero / Durms
– Shireen Khemlani / Bass
– Tim Irrgang / Percussion

 

 

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