Unified Theory

August 15, 2000 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: August 15, 2000
  • Release Date: August 15, 2000
  • Label: 333 Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 48:08
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  • ASIN: B000VZV774
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,482 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Music fans will only have this one album to hold on to.
"axlewefe"
They just released a new CD online on Rhapsody entitled "Cinematic" and it will be available on itunes in the next month or so.
Dean Harris
Great songwriting combinded with true musical talent make this album a must have.
NiTRO

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By shmitty01 on January 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I randomly stumbled upon this cd by means of a friend who is a long term fan of blind melon. After a few listens, it quickly dawned on me that this is one of the best inde rock albums released in recent years. The vocalist sounds a little like Shannon at times, but not so much that you would think they are trying to recreate blind melon. This cd ranges along the lines of the formerly stated band, but adds so much more depth of inde rock influences. The other strong influence that I hear through the cd is that of sunny day real estate. Considering that inde/alternative rock today usually implies "emo"(aka, crap), this cd is a much needed relief to the fan of real, true rock. Well produced, dynamic, solid, and all around just good music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For those who do not know anything about Unified Theory, this band consists of former members of Peal Jam and Blind Melon. However, try to leave that fact at the door when you begin to listen to this CD. The music is very layered and textured and the high voice of Chris Shinn soars over the tracks. It is very different from what you have heard from Blind Melon and Pearl Jam. I really appreciate what this new band is trying to create. The sound is very fresh and the future is looking very bright for UT. In this time of "boy bands" and "rap metal", rock and roll needs a band like this one.
My favorite tracks include: "Cessna", "California", "Passive", "Wither", and "AM Radio".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Reunion" and "supergroup" - no two words loom more suspiciously in rock and roll. After all, how many such liaisons are not overblown, pompous reruns from musicians riding the coattails of past glory? Luckily, even though Unified Theory reunite two former Blind Melon members, guitarist Christopher Thorn and bassist Brad Smith, and pairs them with one-time Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen and introduces a relative newcomer, lead vocalist Chris Shinn (formerly of the Tool-like Celia Green), the quartet's self-titled debut bears no such stigma.
Kickoff track "Cessna" erupts in a barrage of underwater alterna-guitar sounds as Shinn's voice aches despairingly, soothed only by Smith's angelic harmonies. The next two tracks are equally pensive but heavy and driving: First single "California" adds Zeppelin guitar crunch to Jane's Addiction-esque high-pitched vocal earnestness, and wham-dinger dynamo "Instead of Running" nails the opening triptych with the kind of melodic hook that remains long after song's end. Produced by Thorn, Smith, and Shinn (and with Matthew Steer drumming on some tracks), the album follows with mainly lighter, clever chill-out rock, nicely perked up by "Self Medicate," a skyward-bound guitar pop number a la Manic Street Preachers. With no desperate rap or gratuitous hip-hop headbanger in sight, this band's engulfing, prog-rockish, blues-based alternative rock, with its nod to classic roots is indeed a unified theory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Micheal Spence on January 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The first song I heard of this band was "Wither", and I thought it was Blind Melon. I think that Unified Theory managed to take what Blind Melon had established and expand on it. The singer has an eerily similar vocal style to that of the late Shannon Hoon. Unified Theory has a more of a rock sound when compared to the blues sound of Blind Melon, but I think that they mangaged to pull it off and created a great album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Solar Sound on August 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This band must be brand new because I have not found much information on them. One thing I can say is that this album is great. They sort of remind me of Janes Addiction. The lead singer has that Perry Farrel tone going on yet blends his own style in. It shows on songs like "California", which has that catchy guitar hook blended with the wistful vocal stylings (very catchy song). The album moves to songs like "Wither" and "Fin", which have an acoustic, mellow yet hooky feel as well. All in all I expect everyone to hear more about this band soon. They are that type of great sound that can't be hidden for long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alanna Burns on October 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Unified Theory's debut cd will shock and amaze you! This is primo liquid rock people. That's the best way I can describe it. The music melts together into beautiful art. Everything on this record is amazing and from what I've heard of their unreleased songs, it seems they don't know how to write bad music. They've all been around awhile and come from a couple of the 90s elite bands.(Blind Melon and Pearl Jam) If you buy this disc you won't be dissapointed. If you are dissapointed you must be listening the wrong way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on April 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a music critic, so I won't pretend to be here!

I originally heard about this band online and bought the album on the strength of 3 songs, only one of which (Passive) is on this album. I listened to the album eagerly and found it a little difficult to get into and was disappointed not to be able to hear all the songs I wanted. Having said that, this album gets played regularly both at home and when i'm out cycling. The songs grow and grow and they're worth the effort of listening to. What one UK reviewer described as 'atypical drumming' may be why - it seems harder to get into music if the drummer uses unusual rhythms or rhythms that change unexpectedly. Once you have listened to the same piece a few times, you anticipate those changes and the song becomes not only more accessible, but more interesting too.

Tool are a good example of this: great use of atypical rhythm and not immediately accessible music, but more than worth the effort. I totally recommend checking them out, although stylistically they're totally different to Unified Theory. (Although, strangely, both have been compared to Alice In Chains - I don't think the comparison is particularly valid though.)

These artists are not trying to be Blind Melon, although 2 out of the original 5 members are in this band. I'm not going to say any more on that; it's obvious by listening to the album.

As an added note of interest, Unified Theory are no longer together, but have put together a second album to be released around mid 2007. Entitled 'Cinematic', fans of the band got to choose the tracks that went onto this new album, so if you're a fan you may well enjoy this new output.
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