ALBUM / EP REVIEW
Voodoo Vegas - Freak Show Candy Floss
I was lucky enough to get a copy of this album before its release (November
4th via PHD). Classic hard rock is the name of the game with these guys
and lady from the South Coast. They do it well… very well in fact.
Freak Show Candy Floss shows a real flair for everything that
made this style of music so popular back in the day and its great production
gives the sound a modern feel. All the instruments have space to shine
in the mix, the tasteful sophisticated playing working each song as
a whole and not for each player’s personal ego. The vocals have
a nice natural feel with a delivery full of interesting nuances and
plenty of character. Well chosen and well placed harmonies give a lift
to key melodies within each song and, of course, drive every chorus.
I love the doubled vocal in the Walkaway verses, a song which
ends the album in epic style. The chorus groove is cool as, so too the
wah guitar licks throughout, even throwing some Sambora-esque talk box
into the melting pot. The whole guitar solo section shows great musical
maturity. Very nice indeed. In fact, the album is packed full of wonderful
musical sections. There’s another fantastic guitar solo in opening
track Backstabber, a big chorus and lots of cool grooves too.
Long Time Gone has a great up-tempo swing that will surely
get audiences bouncing, and a lick that sounds like some Irish rock
jig that Thin Lizzy might have done. The bass playing in Resolution
is particularly classy, reminding me of Love/Hate, which is no bad thing
to my ears. Of course, there are plenty of great guitars here too. Every
song has an abundance of riffs, grooves and licks, that seamlessly knit
together to keep the energy flowing throughout while the hooks dig further
in with every listen. My favourite track at the moment is Black
Heart Woman… stunning guitar work, cool bass playing, a solid
flow to the drums, dynamic vocals, a sleazy as hell chorus… it’s
a great piece of music. Freak Show Candy Floss is an excellent record.
In case you can’t tell, I love this album!
Have a look at the video for Killing Joke, the first single
from the album, on YouTube here.
You can get Freak Show Candy Floss from these outlets online...
More info on the band at www.voodoovegas.com
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