UltraViolet Uforia - Shadow Of The Sun

12 songs
65:44 minutes


Band name and cover artwork are intriguing, I grant you that much. But after the minute long opener Genesis Theory, I felt like someone splashed a bucketful of icy cold water over my head. I was expecting psychedelic or progressive, and what I got was like an ageing Brian Ferry crooning in a lounge chair. I also recognised some post-Barrett Pink Floyd elements, another big influence for the North West American rockers. UltraViolet Uforia consider themselves a jam band, and as Europeans, we often think that has something to do with marmalade. That is wrong though. Jam bands are people who play music together and who met in group therapy, trying to get over the shock that their parents took them to at least fifty Grateful Dead concerts a year, with the other three hundred and fifteen having to listen through their old people's Jerry Garcia bootleg collections.

I understand that this must have been very traumatic, yet somehow UVU never come up with the quirkiness of better known jam bands like Phish or Umphrey's McGee who have at least some fans in old Europe. Astonishingly, I am quite alone with my opinion that Shadow Of The Sun is a rather lacklustre affair, always staying too much on the mellow side to be considered a rock album, and even when soft they hardly ever come up with engaging melodies.

I bet UVU are nice and decent people, otherwise they wouldn't send their albums throughout the world in the hope to get favourable reviews. But when your two main influences are those two bands that the reviewer dislikes nearly the most (Grateful Dead and Dire Straits), then I can't come up with enough good will to give this album an above average rating. But that's just one subjective, negative opinion among many positive (and just as subjective) ones coursing through the Internet. If you like 70s inspired rock songs with sometimes over-lengths, then by all means give UltraViolet Uforia a chance.

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