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JOHNNY UNICORN

Crossover Prog • United States


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US artist Johnny UNICORN started his solo career in 2006 with "Dates Or Non​-​Dates", and following his initial foray into the world of recording artists a steady stream of productions have followed: "Riversongs" in 2007, "Put Your Mind Inside My Mouth" in 2008, "Sweet Edith Manton" in 2010, "Thinking Hard To Overcome Nervousness" in 2011 and his most recent production "Sadness And Companionship" in 2013. His self-described aim is to "create as many kinds of music possible". Besides being a productive solo artist, Johnny Unicorn also records and performs music as a part of US artist Phideaux's band.

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Dates Or Non-Dates
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Riversongs
2007
3.05 | 2 ratings
Put Your Mind Inside My Mouth
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Sweet Edith Manton
2010
3.33 | 3 ratings
Thinking Hard To Overcome Nervousness
2011
3.85 | 7 ratings
Sadness And Companionship
2013

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 Sadness And Companionship by UNICORN, JOHNNY album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.85 | 7 ratings

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Sadness And Companionship
Johnny Unicorn Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US composer and musician Johnny Unicorn is perhaps best known for being one of the keyboard players in the backing band of US artist Phideaux. But he's actually an established solo artist too, and released his first album back in 2006. Since then five more studio albums have seen the light of day, of which "Sadness and Companionship" from 2013 is the most recent. Like all his CDs so far this is a self released production.

UK magazine Classic Rock presents Prog used to have a section called "It's Prog, Jim, but not as we know it", and Johnny Unicorn's "Sadness and Companionship" sounds like a perfect candidate for this column. This is an album that plays and fools around with conceptions, conventions and boundaries in a playful and humorous manner throughout. A likely key audience are those who enjoy accessible progressive rock alongside artists such as The Buggles and Madness, and first and foremost those among them that have a keen and broad sense of humor that includes progressive rock as a topic.

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 Put Your Mind Inside My Mouth by UNICORN, JOHNNY album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.05 | 2 ratings

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Put Your Mind Inside My Mouth
Johnny Unicorn Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Originating from West Michigan, US, Johnny Unicorn is a talented multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer, who started his career back in 2006 from Seattle, recording two albums, ''Dates or non​-​dates'' and ''Riversongs'' a year later.It was about the same time he started collaborating with Phideaux Xavier's regular project Phideaux, playing as a guest musician on ''Doomsday afternoon''.In 2008 Unicorn released his third album ''Put your mind inside my mouth'', the first time he collaborated with another person in a solo album of his own, and that was Audri the Great on spoken parts.

Unicorn's work is pretty bizzare.It sounds like a Progressive Rock album partly built around programmed instruments, sound effects and Electronics with little help from natural instruments, like the piano, various keyboards and the saxophone.The album consists of two long tracks, over 16 minutes each, split to each other by a single minute of silence.The final result is a quirky, ultra-modern Prog/Art Rock in the vein of THE RASCAL REPORTERS with a bit of GENTLE GIANT and E.L.P. flourishes in the keyboard parts, mainly instrumental with little contribution by vocals, still very complex at moments and full of irritating electronics and keyboard acrobatics.The occasional piano interludes have obvious Classical references and the few sax lines add a nice and fresh air to the digital music.Unicorn's overall performance sounds often outstanding, delivering plenty of breaks and complicated themes with fast playing, but the programmed instrumentation along with the annoying drum machine prevent a full appreciation of his music.Even this way in plenty of his passages there is a strong love for the 70's pinpointed, with semi-symphonic keyboard textures and good, dramatic instrumental plays, that would have sounded really better if performed by a regular band.

One of the most unique albums around, very hard to be defined.No excess, this whole listening experience seems like it has been entirely performed by a computer, but to my ears, even with its cheap sound, it sounds very charming and interesting.Recommended.

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