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3.76 | 18 ratings | 3 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Thousand Julys (5:49)
2. It's Not How You Play The Game, It's Whether You Win Or Lose (4:27)
3. The Only Person I Hate More Than You, Is Me (4:19)
4. Lament For Mayer (5:10)
5. Parfait Amour (7:29)
6. Russians Satellites (2:55)
7. Gliders (Water Machine) (8:38)
8. Beachlife (4:59)
9. I Wish That I Knew What I Know Now, When I Was Younger (4:42)

Total time: 48:28

Bonus disc:
- The history of the world (original demo):
1. Marco Polo's Lost His Way (4:21)
2. The Battle Of Kadesh (10:40)
3. Stile Over The World (10:18)
- Under The Umbrella (Original Demo Version) :
4. The House At Fudge Corner (12:37)
5. By Post-Chaise To The Primrose League (12:47)
6. Waiting Under The Umbrella (18:20)
- Lost Material :
7. Kill Your Darlings (Banished Mix) (5:55)

Total time 74:58

Line-up / Musicians

- Neil Randall / keyboards, bass, vocals
- Bruce Soord / guitars, vocals

Note: The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Neil Randall

CDx2 Cyclops ‎- CYCL 139D (2005, UK) Bonus disc includes material up to fifteen years old

Thanks to pirkka for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
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VULGAR UNICORN Persona Non Grata: The Fine Art Of Living ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (11%)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Bruce Soord who also plays with PINEAPPLE THIEF re-unites with his former mate Neil Randall from their VULGAR UNICORN days to present not only a new album, but also a second disc comprised of VULGAR UNICORN material that was either lost or are original demos .

The new material on the first disc reminds me a little of DREDG, it's alternative sounding with more of an emphasis on the guitar. The first three songs are very good, lots of guitar and some of it is quite heavy. "Lament For Mayer" is mellow, piano laden with vocals similar to Billy from SMASHING PUMPKINS. "Gliders V1.1(Water Machine)" really reminds me of CAKE, the speaking instead of singing vocals. Good song. Another favourite is "Beachlife" which opens with some good drumming and features more great guitar from Bruce.

The second disc has an eighties feel to it, but it's quite good. "Stile Over The World" features some nice horns, reminding me of the PSYCHEDELIC FURS. "The House At Fudge Corner" is a highlight on this disc, the horns, guitar, and it gets pretty heavy. The fifth song really reminds me of SLOAN, another good one.

This is a fun release that I do recommend to both VULGAR UNICORN and PINEAPPLE THIEF fans, but also to those into Alternative Rock.

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4 stars I think this is the best of the offerings from Messrs. Soord and Randall. There are catchy up-tempo tracks with great changes of pace, and fine writing for keyboards and guitar. Even the shortest track is worth noting, a beautiful,gentle piano piece that Enaudi could be proud of! There are even, ... (read more)

Report this review (#169190) | Posted by dmwilkie | Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This actually not a Vulgar Unicorn album. The Band name is Persona Non Grata but it is the same two guys: Neil Randall on guitars and vocals with Bruce Soord on keyboards and bass. The albus starts of with sharp guitar and sounds something like Mars Volta or other modern prog bands that ha ... (read more)

Report this review (#75651) | Posted by pirkka | Thursday, April 20, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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