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CD Voodoo Highway Showdown review







After a more than decent debut, ‘Voodoo Highway’ is back with what will either cement that great start or fall limply on deaf ears. Taking Classic Rock as a definite jumping off point things start with a burst of energy, with a couple of out and out rockers: the statement of balls-out intent that is ‘This is Rock N Roll Wankers!’ and the more subdued but equally impressive ‘Fly to the Rising Sun’.  It’s a great start and that is immediately backed up by the very catchy ‘Midnight Hour’ which reminds us of some of the newer more melodic bands like HEAT. It’s an early highlight.


With an album cover designed by the iconic Storm Thorgerson, there’s definite self-belief by the band and the label, and while the comparisons that get trotted out in the promo material make mention of bands like Deep Purple and Rainbow I’m more inclined to see them as existing in the same territory of mid-period Rainbow and they do succumb at stages to progressive leanings with their melody, but it’s only dabs, here and there.


The bird noises that open ‘Could You love me’ are largely redundant and the starting car that heralds ‘Wastin’ Miles’ just serves to make you wonder why? Wastin’ in fact is probably one of our favourites here, a simple song with plenty of space and a catchy riff and it’s that seeming simplicity that really sets off all of ‘Voodoo Highway’s’ considerable assets.


Other songs of note include the grandiose ‘Mountain High’ that with a little more time could have been a classic, meandering as it does mid-song, good as it is it just falls short. There’s also the insane parp of ‘Cold White Love’ which comes out like the Darkness tacking Classic Rock without falsetto. We also love the stomping ‘A Spark From the Sacred Fire’ as much as anything here. It’s the melodic immediacy though of songs like ‘Prince of Moonlight’ that will win over most.


This is a good album, a very good album, but you feel that the band still has room to grow, which can only be a good thing. |



Mark Diggins