Voltaire


The Devil's Bris

Voltaire - The Devil's Bris ©1998 Projekt
1. Ex Lover's Lover
2. Anniversary
3. Parade
4. The Man Upstairs
5. They Know Me
6. Oweee
7. Snakes
8. Ravens Land
9. The Chosen
10. All The Way Down
11. When You're Evil
12. Shalom

Easily one of the most clever artists I've come across in some time. Voltaire is simply a nut, the goth who doesn't take himself seriously (as evidenced by his Oh My Goth! comic strip). That right there should be a point of recommendation. Musically he is as much folk and traditional celtic as older goth with an expressive baritone voice. The tunes are bouncy and vibrant in the sense that the arrangements are very simple yet powerful. But it's his lyrics that are what makes this album so wonderful. Whether it's the revenge and dismemberment of "Ex Lover's Lover" or the rundown of a shady apartment building in "The Man Upstairs", Voltaire is certainly a word-meister of supreme caliber. Not too many can make "endocrine lining" sound poetic and musical.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/1998

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Almost Human

Voltaire - Almost Human ©2000 Projekt
1. Out Of Reach
2. Dunce
3. Feathery Wings
4. Almost Human
5. God Thinks
6. Anastasia
7. Dead Girls
8. Underground
9. Ringo No Uto
10. The Headless Waltz
11. Alchemy Mondays
12. The Last Word
13. The Night
14. El Burquito De Nuez

Continuing precisely where 1998's excellent The Devil's Bris left off, Almost Human offers another batch of Voltaire's infectious brand of satirically bent commentary and warped folked rock. The one thing immediately noted upon hearing this album is that the instrumentation seems a bit more lush and larger in scale compared to Voltaire's debut. With an arsenal of instruments ranging from violin, cello and acoustic guitar, the music has a very earthy but lavish feel to it. Then add in Voltaire's lyrical wit and ability and you find yourself with a very fun and amusing record on your hands. As with The Devil's Bris, Voltaire continues exploring topics of the left hand path with his brand of tongue-in-cheek perspective. One of the more pointed songs on the album is "God Thinks", which takes to task any evangelistic type who claims to be a mouthpiece for God. (Voltaire's reply, "God thinks you're a waste of flesh".) Many of other songs are written from the perspective of the fallen angel, offering a more humanistic look at the other guy in the equatio. Almost Human offers a solid and fun followup to The Devil's Bris and should continue to build the interest in Voltaire's music.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/2000

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