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To the Bottom of the Sea

To the Bottom of the Sea

October 9, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Label: Mars Needs Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Mars Needs Music
  • Total Length: 50:11
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  • ASIN: B001INC52Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,575 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Seth Hatlelid on October 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have eagerly awaited this release for over a year and it has recently arrived at my doorstep. Voltaire is a master at painting pictures with words, and while I enjoy his catchy melodies and infectious rhythms, it's his lyrics (and even the plethora of groan-inducing puns) that truly speak to me. For a self-produced disc, the production is quite good and voltaire's voice sounds better than ever, as does his guitar playing, which has matured since his simple chord strumming on The Devil's Bris.

I enjoyed the story immensely and was particularly touched by simple lines about the injured whale in The Beast of Pirate's Bay. I've always enjoyed his humor, but Voltaire has an uncanny ability to cause emotions to well up with the vividness of his verbal imagery (Feathery Wings and Goodnight Demonslayer being prime examples of his past work in this area).

Songs that stand our to me are:

the Industrial Revolution for it's social commentary on the commoditization of modern society

The Robber Baron for the obvious parallels to sweatshops in the modern manufacturing.

Coin Operated Goi for the hysterical yiddish accent and amusing, if somewhat childish homosexual humor.

The Beast of Pirates Bay for the great storytelling and the aforementioned imagery about the injured whale. I teared up at this one.

This ship's going down solely for the hysterical image of knocking someone overboard so everyone goes down with the ship as promised.

The Death, death, devil, devil, evil, evil song because of the existential overtones and it's just damn funny.

The addition of the accordion and the female vocalist is welcomed.

Great stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Boss on February 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Morbidly gleeful, is the only way I can describe the music of Voltaire.
The lyrics are clever and cheeky (if not a bit morbid), and the tunes have a fun energy to them. While he is mostly popular in the Goth subculture, you don't have to be a part of it to enjoy it.

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The first three songs are from this album as of February 12 2009

What's not pointed out is this is a limited edition CD.

Broken up into two pressings, each with only 2,000 copies made (4,000 total).

If your board and want to know what pressing look on the back of the packaging for the copy right information underneath "Voltaire 2008". First pressing will not say anything under it, while the second pressing will say "2 nd Pressing"

The two pressings are exactly alike.

If Amazon is out you can try to buy one at the artist web site, Voltaire (dot) net,
or at CDBaby (dot) com

The ones from the artist site come signed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Blasphemy on November 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Voltaire has some good songs on here, such as Coin operated Goi, Happy Birthday (My Olde Friend) and the Death Death (Devil, Devil et cetera), and some o.k. songs (the rest of them). If you are a Voltaire fan I would recommend it. If you are new to Voltaire, I would recommend getting his Voltaire Live album instead, and picking this one up later.
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By Kenneth Koers on October 27, 2010
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
This CD is....strange. It's almost like something I'd have pictured Weird Al putting together. It even has quite a few songs that prominently feature an accordion. This album is quite the departure from Voltaire's previous work, which tended to be dark and prominently feature death, and generally has a very up-beat attitude. Although I think that was an ironic twist, since many of the songs in their merry way mock life or do address death, just in a happier light. It's certainly enjoyable, and it certainly made me laugh out loud more than once - and indeed still does.
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Most of these songs are meant to lean on the darker side of life, and they do, but one can't help but find them unique and funny in their own right. The way the songs are set up might remind the listener of a story - it wasn't until I read the booklet after listening that I realized that's exactly how it's meant to be. The unique sound, wonderful vocals, enthusiastic participation by other contributors, and solid composition (from instrument choice to vocal harmonies) make for a great album. And the icing on the cake: someone plays the saw. Yes, my friends, the saw!

Wonderful album, and highly recommended.
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