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Ooky Spooky

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Product Description

It s a Halloween party in a jewel box, Voltaire says
about Ooky Spooky, his most hilariously irreverent CD to
date. Contains a duet with The Dresden Dolls Amanda
Palmer and a track from a Cartoon Network movie!

Review

Having experimented very successfully with a straightforwardly serious album in Then and Again, Voltaire followed up his hilarious limited-edition live disc with a full new winner in the realm of truly black humor in Ooky Spooky. With Voltaire happily embracing mariachi horns as a new element to his music not perhaps as sudden a shift as Johnny Cash adding them to Ring of Fire, but with a similarly enjoyable effect, matched with the great cover art the result is probably one of the best musical fusions all around, not to mention a perfect Tejano album under another name (not too strange when you realize the Eastern European origins of both that and Voltaires previous efforts as a whole). The kick-up-your-heels, if your feet havent rotted away, kick of lead single Zombie Prostitute was already familiar I had a stiffy/For the stiff in front of me is just one perfect line of snark among many and unsurprisingly benefits from both the swirling strings and the brass interjections in equal measure. Meanwhile, seemingly the-joke-is-all-in-the-title efforts like Bomb New Jersey and Reggae Mortis prove to be thorough gutbusters, while Amanda Palmer from the often similarly minded Dresden Dolls takes a great guest turn on Stuck with You, a duet between obsessively dueling lovers who take it all the way to the grave and beyond. Throughout, Voltaire's excellent singing remains his not-so-secret weapon, jauntily vocalizing about white boy bullfighters and cannibal banquets with total élan. If there's a jaw-dropping moment, though, Cantina, returning from its appearance on the Zombie Prostitute EP, might just be it a classic high-and-lonesome country & western song about the legendary bar scene in Star Wars. Except said scene didn't feature the song's narrator being repeatedly had by all the denizens of the bar in a mass interspecies omnisexual orgy, an omission in the original movie now utterly, perfectly corrected. Do not play at insecure fanboys, however. Ned Raggett --Allmusic.com

When asked to describe his music, Voltaire once said its Music for a parallel universe where electricity was never invented and Morrissey is the Queen of England. In the instance of his fifth full length release, Ooky Spooky (out on Projekt Records) that description is as apt as any for classifying his work. Try as I might, I could not find a label for what he does! In the course of his recording career, beginning in 1998 and running to the present, Voltaire has made music that takes Goth culture, dresses it in its geeky best, and makes it art that defies genre every time. Ooky Spooky is merriment made music from the first song, The Land Of the Dead, and the party lasts until the closing notes of the album. Featured as the introduction to Cartoon Network movie, Billy and Mandy's Big Boogie Adventure, this song is an oddly melodic account of the life of character Grim, short for Grim Reaper. It offers some very bizarre lyrical images that are based on the cartoon, and music that sounds like it would be more at home in a cantina somewhere south the border of sanity. Land of the Dead sets the tone for the entire album with its flippant lyrics about all things dead. The second episode in this macabre missive is Zombie Prostitute, which was one of the first songs I heard from this new album via MySpace. What can one say about songs that make necrophilia funny? In the case of this reviewer the only thing that can be said is Voltaire is the master of the genre! This song takes tongue in cheek to a whole new level, in that the tongue and cheek are those of his undead love. Definitely one song to cheek out(drum roll please!). Of the eleven songs on the aptly named Ooky Spooky, my favorite is without a doubt the Star Wars (gone perversely awry) themed Cantina. A country ballad (of all the Godforsaken things to hear while reviewing!) based in the planet Tatooine, this song is so odd, so dirty, so ridden with raunchy ridicule that I can't write a great deal about it for fear of a lawsuit! Yes, it's that bad, but in a great way. I have been a fan of the series since I was a child, and as a result of this song, I'll never be able to look at it the same way again. Nor will you. Ooky Spooky is a great album, so great you may need a support group after you listen to it.
The bottom line: This album is eleven tracks of gruesome, gorey giddiness guaranteed to get you giggling, no matter how tragically Goth you think you are. Benny Hell --VF Magazine
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • ASIN: B000SNUNKQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had heard Voltaire perform live on numerous occasions at various conventions and events, and had always thought his music was fun and enjoyable. However, I had never bothered to pick up any of his albums until Ooky Spooky. Now I wish I had bought some of his work previously!

Never have zombies, cannibalism, prostitution, sacrilege, and hell been topics that are quite so aurally pleasing! Voltaire's hilarious lyrics are backed up by violins, cellos, and horns that definitely bring to mind the mariachi imagery found on the albums cover.

Among the highlights are "Zombie Prostitute," which has unforgettable lyrics and an extremely catchy brass chorus, and "Day of the Dead," which speaks of El Dia de Los Muertos and has a beat you can' help but want to get up and dance and sing to. "Cantina" speaks of the infamous bar scene from Star Wars. "Stuck with You" is a duet with Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls, and is about lovers who take their marital un-bliss to the grave, bringing axes and Korean bayonets into their duels. However, my personal favorite is the closing song, "Hell in a Handbasket."

Ooky Spooky is comedic, black-humored goth rock at its best. Voltaire really has a corner on the market in this genre, and his acclaim is well-deserved. Ooky Spooky would certainly be a great choice for any Halloween party, but I also highly recommend this album for anyone interested in checking creepy music with a jovial and light-hearted twist! Indeed, goth does not have to equate with doom and gloom. As Voltaire himself states "It's a Halloween party in a jewel box," and for those of us who could celebrate Halloween all year `round, it's an instant classic!
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In a music genre where most of the artists takes themselves way too seriously, Voltaire is the antithesis of the dark and gloomy goths that permeats goth culture. I have been a Voltaire fan for several years now. His music is a lot of fun too listen to. His lyrics are filled with biting humor and his music are addictively catchy.

OOKY SPOOKY is Voltaire's latest offering. As a long time Voltaire fan, I was not disappointed. What I have noticed on this album is that Voltaire incorporates brass instruments in a lot of his songs that weren't heard before on past Voltaire albums. There is even a ska influence to his music (intentional or not I don't know) like on "Day of the Dead". Other than the introduction of brass instruments, nothing else has changed in Voltaire's music. "Blue Eyed Matador" and "Bomb New Jersey" is what you would expect from Voltaire, sarcasm set to medieval folk music. Voltaire's humor is sharper as ever. "Bomb New Jersey", "Cantina" and "Hell in a Handbasket" says it all. Those songs got the biggest smiles from me when I ever I listen to them especially "Cantina" with its references to Star Wars characters.

OOKY SPOOKY may not be groundbreaking but it sure is heck of a lot of fun to listen to. I love how Voltaire takes the pretentiousness out of goth music and inject a healthy dose of humor which is rarely seen and heard. I enjoyed every song on the album. There were only a couple of so-so songs but even they weren't all that bad, just not as good as "Cantina" or "Stuck With You" (Voltaire's duet with Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer). Overall OOKY SPOOKY is well worth checking out.
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So this seems like quite a departure from his previous full album, Almost Human. At first glance, perhaps not; they both tend to dwell on the macabre. But looking closer, Almost Human had a dark, hauntingly ethereal feel to it. Ooky Spooky, as the name may suggest, has more of a silly feel to it, with more dark humor and a new found emphasis on accordions, rather than lyrical twists and orchestral tones. I certainly find this album highly entertaining, and often quite funny. But it lacks the musicality of Almost Human.

That being said, this is a truly fun listen. "Cantina" and "Stuck With You" are easily my two favorite tracks, and worth purchasing this album for alone. I think his music is a bit polarizing, in that you'll either love it or hate it, but most of the people I know who listen to Voltaire do come around to the dark side.
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What can I say Voltaire has done it once again!! I think this is the funniest CD I have heard in some time. Voltaire is a Gothic Renaissance man!! Songs about love, death and well the undead!!! Voltaire is also knowen for hos comics he has done Chi-Chian, Deady, and Oh My Goth...
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Wow,

There's a lot of time since I heard the first Voltaire's song. But as a Voltaire Fan i must say that this is not his best... this doesn't mean that the album is bad or something, It's just that he has settled that enourmous standar that aparentely this time was not reached at all. But the album is great specially for new Votareans.

Cheers
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What can one say about Voltaire that hasn't been said before? It takes a man of true genius to sing about drowning kittens and still manage to sound romantic. It takes a man with courage and disregard for the mentality of others to sing on the same cd about zombie prostitutes and dead people. A truely charming collection of songs. Not recommended for the easily offended.
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