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3.60 | 47 ratings | 2 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Failed Game (5:10)
2. Upside Down (5:06)
3. Treasure (6:59)
4. Awakening (6:31)
5. A Star (4:39)
6. Unbroken Spirit Lives In Us (7:06)
7. The End - Part I (3:06)
8. The End - Part II (4:13)

Total time 42:50

Line-up / Musicians

- Sabina Godula- Zając / vocals
- Piotr Grodecki / guitars
- Krzysztof Lepiarczyk / keyboards, horn, composer, co-producer
- Piotr Lipka / bass
- Grzegorz Fieber / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Leszek Kostuj

CD Lynx Music ‎- LM88CD (2014, Poland)

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LOONYPARK Unbroken Spirit Lives In Us ratings distribution

(47 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
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Review by Rivertree
3 stars Maybe unbroken spirit lives in the United States too ... well, funny, this is what I read by mistake for the very first time due to the capital letters when I saw the album title ... but to make it clear, LOONYPARK is hailing from Europe, Poland, Krakow precisely. They are underway for several years now, which means this is not their debut at all. As for that you are faced with professionally composed music overall. This is an album of vinyl length, build up by polished songs - a blend of art rock and neo prog which occasionally even gets close to the popular world - similar in style to fellow countrymen from Believe, State Urge, Archangelica aso.

To draw on this firstly, when following Awakening for example I'm inclined to hear the pop band Eurythmics, where Sabina's voice intensively reminds me of Annie Lennox hereby. And in some way I can't get rid of the impression, that I've listened to one or two songs or at least sections before, just within another context. Nevertheless this is a pleasant listen really, due to the haunting melodies, excellent musicanship guaranteed. Just to mention the heart-melting title track which appears as an extended ballad here. Failed Game marks a strong opener, the intriguing groove accompanied by a memorable guitar riff moves straight into the blood. This may be suitable for kicking the people onto the dancefloor, but is able to offer even more, namely a nice melancholic piano outro. I like this song very much.

Treasure convinces me due to alternating signatures - they are toggling balladesque and straightforward rocking moments with ease. Above all I find this production a really full-scale guitar offensive delivered by Piotr Grodecki. Astonishingly enough the prog scene in Poland - similar to the Italian - is a very productive one currently. Hereby LOONYPARK are bound to develop smooth and catchy music, as for that approach and success in general this album is comparable to Believe's 'World Is Round'. If you are feeling comfortable with this, while missing some edges on the other hand, this album is a recommendation for sure - 3.5 stars.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars This was the third album from Polish act Loonypark, and in the intervening years there was just the one line-up change with drummer Jakub Grzesło departing prior to their 2011 release, 'Straw Andy', and being replaced by Grzegorz Fieber. In many ways, this is quite a different album to the debut, which perhaps isn't surprising given that there were seven years between the two, as the band were by now confident in what they were doing, and it is this confidence that shines through in everything they touch. It is more symphonic than before, and whereas the power was somewhat restrained in the past, here it is allowed more freedom. Sabina hits the notes she wants to, and maintains them without a quiver, standing proud to the world, showing that she knows she has the voice, and is going to use it.

The delicate guitar lines that were the trademark sound of the debut are still here, but not as frequent as they once were. The band have shifted so that Krzysztof's keyboards are even more important than they were previously: they are much more integral to the overall being that is Loonypark. He isn't afraid to play delicate piano if that is what is needed, or use the sounds of a harpsichord, while Piotr Lipka brings in a fretless bass to give that extra warmth, or they can easily move into all-out bombastic over the top symphonic prog. There is a real sense of space within the music, so that the listener can move between the interweaving strands and concentrate on whatever seems to be the most important. "Treasure" is a real highlight, with so much delicacy at the beginning that it feels as if a gossamer thread is being wove, before being blast away just in time for them to start the process all over again. I became a fan of Loonypark when I first heard their debut all those years ago, but this album is just so much more than I could ever have imagined that they would become. Awesome.

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