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Voodoo X - 1989 The Awakening

ARTIST: Voodoo X
ALBUM: The Awakening (#1)
SERIAL: 465241 2
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 1995, Now & Then, NTHEN16 * 2011 AOR Heaven, Classix 0011


LINEUP: Jean Beauvoir - vocals * Tommy Lafferty - guitars * Jorn Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen - keyboards * Ivan Wong - bass * Luecke Lake - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'm On Fire * 02 Voodoo Queen * 03 A Lover Like You * 04 Don't Bother Me * 05 Into The Night * 06 What Can I Do * 07 The Awakening * 08 One Riff * 09 Have You Had Enough * 10 Like A Knife * 11 Happy Birthday

Everyone remembers The Plasmatics? Surely. With Wendy O Williams and the mohawk hairstyled Jean Beauvoir, that band were very much a retro fashion statement for the 1980's. Of Haitian origin, and surprisingly to everyone's astonishment, Beauvoir turns out to be one talented individual, singing, playing, producing, and having a ton of contacts in the biz. After the release of his solo albums 'Drums Along The Mohawk' and 'Jacknifed' during the 1986-1988 period, Jean turned his hand to creating the ultimate melodic rock band. Hence Voodoo X, with the international cast, and an excellent image and sound to go with it.

The Songs
A big production courtesy of Max Norman and some classy songs to go along with it. Who can ever forget the awesome video to the track 'Voodoo Queen'. If any of you have seen it, you'd have to comment on these guys dress sense. Awesome! The obligatory scantily clad females aren't bad either! Most of these songs I adore, and like most punters coming to this site, anything to do with Beauvoir usually demands some attention. Efforts like the dreamy atmospherics of 'The Awakening', the subtle brilliance of 'What Can I Do', the effortless and easy on the ear 'A Lover Like You' are worth listening to in any circumstance. Beauvoir's good buddy Paul Stanley might have had an influence on 'Don't Bother Me' such is it's similarity to the Kiss'ters, while 'Into The Night' has a euro rock disco feel to it. 'One Riff' is an excellent singalong workout, quite upbeat too. The speed camera is on alert with the wickedly heavy and rampant 'Like A Knife', bursting through the red light with no remorse. The album ends with the brake stopping acoustic ballad 'Happy Birthday', a good song but inadvertently placed when lined up next to 'Like A Knife'.

In Summary
At the time of release, CBS were frugal in their attention to detail for getting this album some publicity. I think Voodoo X made an appearance on a soundtrack, and the aforementioned video plus some appearances on MTV and other TV appearances, particularly in Europe. Apart from this, nothing else. The good chaps over at Now And Then did us all a favour and got the album reissued in 1995, which contained two bonus tracks, 'Voodoo Queen (Ritual Mix)' plus 'Air That I Breathe' (no, not The Hollies version!). Beauvoir later went on to form the much lauded Crown Of Thorns during the nineties, continuing his high profile in the world of melodic rock.

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#1 | sabace on December 30 2007 18:03:36
this is a well crafted lp very under rated
#2 | DEMONAOR on October 30 2012 10:26:02
Yes a killer album.
#3 | gdazegod on September 04 2013 12:31:16
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