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More Than a Dream

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  • Audio CD (July 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000HA40X6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,286,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janine M. Baigent on July 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wow! What a fantastic CD. Full of rich orchestrations, clever song writing & brilliant musicianship. Great thought provoking & socially conscious lyrics! I actually found it hard to believe this is their first album, and from Adelaide too. It will be a challenge for them to top this with the next album.
It goes from full on prog rock epics to orchestral laden world music beats. This CD has everything that's great about the burgeoning state of the neo prog industry at the moment.
They deal with real world topics like the environment and global warming, to deep aspects of human relationships such as grief, unfulfilled desires, co-existence, intolerance and man's inhumanity to man. Unitopia manage to weave all of it together to create a cohesive and moving work. You just never get tired of listening to it.
My favourite tracks are the 13 minute epic `Justify' with multi-layered harmonies, duelling guitar/hammond solos and ethereal solo soprano voices, `Take Good Care',a world music anthem with tribal percussion, African voices and a superbly orchestrated prelude that reminds me of Thomas Newman or Gerry Goldsmith and `Still Here' that intertwines marimba, ethnic percussion and banjo of all things!
If you're into Genesis and Peter Gabriel then Mark Trueack's vocals will impress you. He's not a soundalike, but his timbre reminds me of the vocal characteristics of both Gabriel & Collins, but with a touch of David Gilmour & Roger Waters from Pink Floyd.
Even though the songs definitely have a prog feel to them, they have mass appeal thanks to the strong lyrical and vocal hooks.
With such a strong debut from Unitopia, I predict great things from this up and coming Australian act. I can't wait for their next release!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Old Prog Lover on December 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this CD AFTER I purchased "The Garden" by Unitopia. (which I loved!) The problem with "More Than a Dream" is that it is all over the place in terms of the song styles. Some are close to progressive, others are kind of pop, and some sound like they belong on the sound track to the "Lion King". They definitely seemed to find their strengths for their sophomore release, and I strongly recommend "The Garden" with a 4 star rating.

The musicianship is superb through out and the vocals are all top notch. It is just that if you are looking for something in the more Progressive style of music they may not be for you. If you like pop and theatrical songs then you may like it.

I want to give it 2.5 star rating (which to me means "average") but one cannot here. So I will give it the benefit of the doubt with 3 stars, so as to not to scare everyone off. But, do not pass up "The Garden".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Hudson on July 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
ho ho - are you in for a treat; undoubted find of the year!! aussies come good, a stunning debut album.
as i understand this is the first cd from this group of clearly talented australian musicians, it is really hard to pigeonhole the music as it is very diverse
production quality and sound is superb
go on give it a try you will not be disappointed
mike hudson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2008
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I was very pleased to have found this great new group via Amazon.com's recommendations. This music is just what the Doctor ordered! I like every song on it. The singing and musicianmanship are both outstanding. The songs are well written and hold the attention. Immediately, this has become one of my new favorite albums and will be getting a lot of play on my iPod!!! :)

I would categorize it as Prog-Rock; which is my personal favorite kind of music. Other groups I would recommend that sound a bit like this group are: Din Within, Osada Vida, Sieges Even, and perhaps Jupiter Society. All of these are groups that greatly deserve to be discovered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CMCD on December 24, 2009
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Okay, I'm a music lover - especially all things Prog Rock. I can't add much to what has been said already. Suffice it to say that I've bought 100's of albums through Amazon, and this is the first time I've been so moved that I had to write a review. Here's my attempt at articulating some of my appreciation for this discovery: Sophisticated, rich, lush, stunning production quality, intelligent lyrics, surprising, effortless listening quality.

I'll never get tired of this disc.
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