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Artificial Joy

a Studio release
Taylor's Universe

Release Year: 2009

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Marvel of Beauty (MOBCD 020)
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 12/19/2009 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 12/20/2009 12:40:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Work (4:41)
  2. Artificial Joy (4:25)
  3. Days Run Like Horses (7:02)
  4. Atmosafear (7:04)
  5. Laughter (7:01)
  6. Telephone (4:59)
  7. Fame (9:44)
Robin Taylor
keyboards, electric guitar, percussion, etc.
Jakob Mygind
Carsten Sindvald
clarinet, saxophone
Finn Olafsson
electric & acoustic guitars
Flemming Muus Tranberg
fretless bass guitar
Klaus Thrane
    Michael Denner
    electric guitar (4 & 7)
    Louise Nipper
    voice (4 & 5)

Reviewed by MichelF on 31 Jan 2010

Robin Taylor second album with his Taylor's Universe project in 2009 is showing once again that his band is a force to reckon with in progressive music. His work seems to be well acknowledge by the critics, even if many progressive music fans don't know him well. It's a shame in my view, this is one of the best bands active today in contemporary progressive rock. Furthermore, with each new recording, Taylor's Universe is more progressive sounding to my ears. This is an excellent album not on the commercial side of things. The jacket cover got immediately my attention with its artwork by the Danish Middle Age artist Melchior Lorck of a drummer riding what seems to be a dromedary. The seven musical pieces on this album are exquisite.

"Work" is a perfect example of the band recent accomplishment and craft. The clarinet of Carsten Sindvald and the sax of Jacob Mygind are simply superb.

"Artificial Joy" conveys aptly this emotion and offers us a joyful sounding track. The structure and sound gave us, at time, a Gentle Giant feel.

"Days Run Like Horse" is a more experimental piece which evolves to a great jazz fusion sound with hints of symphonic prog. This is certainly one of the most interesting tracks of this album.

"Atmosfear" is a not surprising title for a musical track made by a Dane in 2009 with the world summit on climatic change in Copenhagen. This is probably the most jazz fusion piece on this album with many twist in it. It made me think of Pat Metheny's work.

"Laughter" with the voice of Louise Nipper is another excellent piece with keys reminiscent of Camel or other Canterbury bands and a guitar sound not far from this style of prog. I simply love it.

"Telephone" has a great beat and a joyful tone. It is another tune which stands near and cross many musical borders.

"Fame" is a serious piece with a heavy atmosphere. This is the most RIO sounding track here. It is also the longest track on this CD and an excellent résumé of what the band could achieve. Finally, it demonstrates Taylor's versatility as a musician (he plays here keys, guitars, drums and percussion).

I gave to this album my highest recommendation. Try it, you won't regret it, particularly for fans of recent KC albums, avant garde and jazz fusion.