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Album Review

Longtime Blind Melon fans longing for a link back to the band will find some solace in Unified Theory, which features former Blind Melon members Brad Smith and Christopher Thorn. While new singer Chris Shinn does bear some resemblance vocally to Melon's late great singer Shannon Hoon (both sing in a high register and have a thing for ethereal lyrics), Unified Theory's self-titled debut shows that Shinn has brought a more modern rock sound to the proceedings, mixing Jeff Buckley and Radiohead with Smith and Thorn's retro rock stylings (Zep, Allmans, etc.). In the largely redundant and predictable alt-rock world of the early 21st century, Unified Theory's incredibly consistent, 12-track debut is a refreshing break from the norm; the explosive swirl of the album-opening "Cessna," the muscular riffing of "California," the ethereal "Fin," and the haunting "Not Dead" are all exceptional cuts. But don't be mislead, just because Unified Theory comes from Seattle and lists Zeppelin as an influence does not mean that they are merely aping the early-'90s "grunge" sound like everyone else seemed to be doing at the time. They've already created a sound all their own. Easily one of the best and most promising rock debuts since, well, Blind Melon's 1992 self-titled debut.

Customer Reviews

If you stranded on an island... would want this album in your collection. I saw a video for the track, "California", and went out and bought the album immediately. It has more or less been in my car in one format or another ever since. You can't get sick of it.

long time fave!

this album is by far my favorite from a band with only one album available. i've listened to this album off and on for the past 6 years and i just keep listening. my music taste has definitely changed over the years, but one thing is constant - i love unified theory.

You must have this.

This band is in my opinion the best band no one has heard of. If you like mellow rock this is the CD for you. Wither is my favorite song off this CD and probably the best mellow song I've ever heard. You can't bang your head to this stuff but you can chill out with a pair of headphones and really feel it. I got into them because of my devotion for Blind Melon and found a band that was just as good if not better.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Comprised of two ex-Blind Melon members, (bassist Brad Smith and guitarist Christopher Thorn), one ex-Pearl Jam member (drummer Dave Krusen), and newcomer Chris Shinn on vocals/guitar, Unified Theory began to take shape in 1998. After a plan to carry on Blind Melon with a new singer and a different name didn't pan out, Smith and Thorn began forming a new band. Thorn came across Shinn after moving to L.A. to scout vocalists, while Krusen proved to be a logical choice since he was already friends with...
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