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I had very limited information before I got the CD of Unifaun. But for sure, my prog head friends kept telling me about this band from Sweden who creates Genesis vein music. So, my expectation was quite high and I was so curious about "how the music sounds like?". Yeah, finally I got it last week and as my curiosity reached its peak, I spun the CD right after I was totally satisfied with Nick d'Virdgilio's Rewiring Genesis CD. I thought that it would be a great pleasure after listening to Rewiring I would turn my ears into this debut album by Unifaun. As the name implies to "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" lyrical verse of Gabriel era Genesis, my adrenalin prepared itself to explode and get ready after total satisfaction of Rewiring Genesis.

Then what happened?

I was totally disappointed! Oh man .. how come people talk about this band as good Genesis-like band? Well yeah, they try to be something like Genesis on the way the singer sings that it turns out to be like Phil Collins instead of Gabriel! (there are some segments that replicate Gabriel singing, like in "Swingers Party"). Why they use the name Unifaun? Why not "Abacab", "Mama", or "Who Dunnit?" ? Do they make the name to create marketing gimmick that this is a Gabriel era Genesis like music? I felt I wasted my time when I spun the CD at first time. Don't get me wrong, I do not intend to say all Phil Collins era of Genesis are lousy. Look at "And Then There Were Three", "Duke", "A Trick of The Tail", "Wind and Wuthering" - they are all excellent albums. And what is this? I'd rather have a band with their own identity, not "want to be something like" other legendary bands than what Unifaun has done with this debut album. Other band which has followed Genesis vein have done excellent job in creating good to excellent music, like Citizen Cain, The Watch. If you really want Gabriel era Genesis, try Citizen Cain "Somewhere But Yesterday" album or The Watch "Vacuum" or "Primitive" album - they are all good albums.

The music offered by this album, I fully agree with Ivan, is a POP music with keyboard-drenched component. The music has no accentuation at all. The music flows in ambient style and with minimum high and low notes that create accentuation, and it's so boring. In fact when I listen to the music, I tend to think: "When is it going to end?". And, because this is a two-piece band (for budget reason?), the music sounds so empty and too industrial.

Overall, I do not recommend you to purchase this album (I am honest with you) as it is too far from the expectation to become a Genesis vein music. If you really curious, just try their music from any radio streaming. The final call is yours. By the time I write this view, I remember when there was Germany's band Kingdom Come followed the music style of Led Zeppelin. But, Kingdom Come did an excellent job. The debut album was totally excellent and I was so satisfied with songs like "17", "Mean Dirty Joe", "Stargazer" etc. Keep on proggin' ..!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 2/5 |


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