Artist/ Band: Unitopia
Title: More Than A Dream
Label: Unicorn Digital
Year of Release: 2005/2007
Artist/ Band Link (click for details/ ordering)

The Review:

Unitopia hailing from Canberra, Australia originally released their debut album More Than A Dream in 2005, and now in 2007 Unicorn Digital has re-released it. I’m sure as a deal to get a new album. The band consists of Mark Trueack (singer/percussionist), Sean Timms (Guitarists/Vocalist), and Matt Williams (Keyboardist/ vocalist). There are other musicians that help flesh out the songs.

The music is vocal based progressive rock leaning on a more accessible side with influences like hard rock, new age, progressive rock, jazz, just to name a few. I’ll go out on a limb to say that Unitopia is a part of the new Modern Symphonic Progressive Rock movement seen or rather heard lately.

The concepts on More Than A Dream are rooted in the present about daily life. Not the usual fare for progressive rock bands but that’s the beauty of the genre. I quite enjoy the whole album but I find the song “Slow Down” a wonderful song that basically about our ‘fast-food’ generation. And yes we do need to slow down, pun intended!

Some bands that Unitopia can be grouped with are RPWL, Porcupine Tree along with label mates Xinema, The Gourishankar & Karfagen to name a few. I’m very glad Unicorn Digital re-released this album because frankly it probably wouldn’t have seen much the light of day outside their homeland. I look forward to future releases by Unitopia and I’d recommend if you like the bands I mentioned, then pick up a copy of More Than A Dream. It’s a wonderful beautiful album that gets repeat plays in my CD players! Hear for yourself by clicking on the MySpace link above!

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on August 24th, 2007


1. Common Goal (4.36)
2. Fate (4.57)
3. Justify (12.52)
4. Take Good Care (8.36)
5. Ride (3.44)
6. More Than a Dream (5.42)
7. Slow Down (8.09)
8. Lives Go 'Round (6.31)
9. Still Here (6.40)

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