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Univers Zero



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Rainer Rein
5 stars Yes - I was on June 24, 2005 in Brussels, listening to this concert (first six tunes of this record are recorded there)! I specially travelled from Tallinn (the capital of my homeland Estonia) to Brussels with the aim to listen (and see) maybe (in my oppinion) the most important rock-related band ever - Univers Zero (in addition at the same day some hours later there was another amazing live in Brussels but in the other concert place... by another Belgian high quality band Present)! If we look at existing time of the band (UZ is the band from 1974 till now with... fortunately useful pauses between activities) and the quality of music... and even proportion between these properties, then we can't (still but only until now... can't forecast the future) find any bad albums from their discography!!! Well - we have (had) even older until now existing good bands but... they've been sometimes too productive... And in my oppinion the music in general mustn't be rock but... certainly must have "the way to creative eternity".

Univers Zero - the band from Belgium -has called to be one of the important bands of so- called "Rock In Opposition" (the drawn coloumns are not important). Now with this first live album of them they have released altogether 10 albums. Through times in their music they have used very different instruments - bassoon, oboe, horns, saxophones, harmonium, violin, viola, balafon, clarinet, bass clarinet, cello, guitar, mellotron, keyboards, marimba, trumpet, flutes, accordion, bass guitar and of course drums (played by bandleader Daniel Denis). Their music has influences of Stravinsky-like new classical music, jazzrockfusion, zeuhl, canterbury, hints to folklore, and of course - gothic cathedral architecture (anyway I prefer their older classics from 70s and 80s).

Well - I think - 5 stars to this band because of all the Music of them (maybe to this live record only 4,5)! This Brussels' concert of UZ took place in quiet little room of Les Halles De Schaerbeek (this was old covered market from the beginning of XX century). There were about 100-150 persons listening to this great concert (very interesting concerts haven't quite often numerous audience). And in addition to recorded stuff UZ performed for example their good ol' classical architectonics like Dense and Presage. But my favourites seemed to be... surprisingly Kermesse Atomique and Xenantaya there. But - listening this live album I found my faves have changed - they're Electronika Mambo Musette (because of surprisingly lots of saxophone parts) and Meandres.

This was very incredible concert (specially impressive drums-playing of Daniel Denis). About two hours (+ pause) only the greatest pleasure!

Rainer Rein | 5/5 |


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