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Univers Zero



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4 stars New UZ release of 2010 was really attractive album to be listened, and I've done it at the first possibility. My feelings to this album are quite mixed though.

First of all you will find there music of very high professional quality and it's great! UZ (as many other RIO bands) are known by their professionalism, and it works! Then, you wouldn't be disappointed if you expected to hear chamber rock - they play it well!

But - RIO means "Rock In Opposition" , and UZ are one of movement founders. Then, if there is still possible to find rock elements in their chamber music (which is really chamber there), then bigger problem is with "opposition". What they are opposing? Musical business - then I afraid they are really more respectable part of it then Yoshida Tatsuya or other Japanese avant prog musicians, etc. In fact, music they play is now usual component of philharmonic life all around Europe (not sure about other world).

So - rebellion is just nice clothes? I afraid yes. At least this album once again confirm it. Comfortable and safe sound, modern form of classical music (combining chamber legacy with some modern "rock" elements). Nothing is bad in it for sure. But for band who maid its name on the wave of avant prog, it will be nice just to show some experimentalism, new ideas, even a bit. Unhappily, nothing could be found there on this album.

What doesn't mean that music is not good enough. UZ fans will be really happy with this release, and they are right in some sense. If you like to hear excellent example of chamber rock circa late 70-s, then you have it here!

So, take it, but don't expect to hear modern avant prog there. Better be ready for vintage chamber rock of really great quality.

snobb | 4/5 |


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