I feel that in way too many cases where the
founder and main songwriter in a band is also an outstanding solo artist, the
main objective is showcasing just outstanding an artist this particular artist
is. That is thankfully not the case with "Broken Heart Syndrome", the sophomore
release from Alex Beyrodt's Voodoo Circle.
Voodoo Circle has found a fine balance
between straight forward bluesy hard rock songs and more powerful hard rock,
always leaving enough room for Alex Beyroth to showcase his immense talent and
the rest of the band to shine on their own; David Readman delivers a very good
performance on vocals, the rhythm section is very tight, only the keyboards seem
a bit lost sometimes.
And even though the album is packed with great
guitar runs and brilliant leads, the importance of a great melody and catchy
hooks is never lost. "Broken Heart Syndrome" is a clear step forward and shows a
mature band; this is teamwork and not guitar hero music.