For their sophomore effort the band Unsun continues their march toward a popish metal blend that while not unappealing, it is certainly not the normal cup of tea from which founder Maurycy "Mauer" Stefanowicz drank from with his former band Vader. Fans of his previous band will get a bit of a shocker when Mauer's wife Annelyse "Aya" starts using her vocal talent. She reminds me of Belinda Carlisle and the combination of her very mainstream singing with the heavy guitar of her husband makes for an interesting mash-up. Then add to that a bit of a gothic take on the music and you have a disc that is interesting but with very little that stands out. They do a good job but the disc is standard fare for the genre. With Aya's popish vocals and Mauer playing very little other than chunky power chords this one fits nicely among the multitude of female fronted melodic metal bands but could just as easily get lost in the shuffle.
The best song on the disc is also the first one that you hear from the band. "The Lost Way" kicks off with a blend of heavy and light that manages to suck you into the bands perspective of music but from there they take you into too many places that have already been tread on many times before. There are a few other noteworthy songs such as the title track "Clinic For Dolls" which reminds me of The Bangles and the album closer "Why" which is just a catchy melody that has a terrific hook. The remainder of the disc goes from piano ballad ("The Last Tear") to heavier bits such as "A Single Touch" in which Mauer does a bit of a guitar solo for one of the few times on the album.
There is nothing in particular wrong with this album at all. It has good vocals from Aya and the musicians are top notch but with as many bands that I hear of this vein it takes something special to make a group like this stand out and they don't offer anything like that on Clinic For Dolls but the potential is there.
1. The Lost Way
2. Clinic For Dolls
5. Not Enough
6. The Last Tear
8. I Ceased
9. A Single Touch