LULLWATER " VOODOO"
LULLWATER “VOODOO” REVIEW BY KRISTIN WELCOME
Like Lullwater front man, John Strickland, I too grew up idolizing the Grunge movement in music. Also living on the East Coast, a few hundred miles north of Strickland, Seattle, Washington seemed like a mythological land, where iconic musical Gods, produced pure raw emotion into the anthems of my teen age angst. Seattle was an unreal place I have yet to visit, and so still full of legend. However drugs, depression, and even suicide brought the Grunge era to a speeding halt for most. Grunge from the start seemed shrouded in darkness, addiction, and pain but the artists of that era made damn good music, and there has been nothing like it, for me, since I started listening to Lullwater’s “Voodoo”.
“Voodoo” is however to me what Grunge could have been. The difference is Strickland takes Grunge out of the dark times, and instead, writes anthems of hope and infuses pure motivation, in each riff and line. Grit and raw emotion, the energy you may have been missing from the Grunge era is still felt in this album. Tracks on this album are reminiscent of Pearl Jam’s, “V.S”. “Voodoo” is Grunge at the next level, all grown up, full of fight, and somehow wiser.
Lullwater has made a more polished sound on this album, fueled by years of experience in music, and trial by error. Lullwater is on tour right now with Sevendust, and it is no surprise they have joined forces with this national touring act, as they are well on their way to the same level of success, with this album
Every guitar riff is on point, stylistically the quintessential mix between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Drum beats bring power to many tracks and push the songs forward. The album is just the right amount of heaviness mixed with melody to keep you singing every line. Strickland’s vocals are raspy and gravely yet comforting and inspiring at the same time. Lullwater even brings in the use of a horn section and various instruments on several tracks. “Voodoo” is a play through album in its entirety, and every song flows expertly, and energetically from the next to keep you rocking start to finish.
Highlights for me are:
The opening track “Curtain Call” moves you to your feet. Gets you rocking, and sets the tone for the album.
“Empty Chamber” is wrought with raw unbridled emotion, and in your face Rock.
“Similar Skin” brings that Southern swagger to the table, with an opening riff so big and so raunchy you can’t help but swing your hips.
“Fight of Your Life” is a more melodic piece, with an inspirational message, and Strickland’s voice is calm, reassuring, and wise. Strickland becomes a singer song- writer, and sage, on this track.