Roine Stolt
Wall Street Voodoo
Release date: November 14th 2005
Label:
InsideOut Music
Distribution:
Target Distribution
Website:
www.flowerkings.se
Style:
Psychedelic Blues Rock
Rating: 67/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
Date:
October '05

Remember when instruments like Moog synthesisers, Mellotron, Wha-wha, phasers and fuzz boxes were cutting edge technology? When guys like Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa and bands like Cream and Procol Harum were setting the tone in blues rock?

NO! Well neither can I, but this double album starts and ends with the sounds created and crafted back in the late 60's and early 70's...

Roine Stolt is a well known person in progressive rock - with his main band The Flower Kings, his participation in Transatlantic and the reunited Kaipa - but he still finds time for his solo projects, and this time he is exploring new musical territory.

He has been joined by Hasse Bruniussen (The Flower Kings) on percussion, Marcus Liliequist (The Flower Kings) on drums, Neal Morse on vocals and Hammond Organ and he handles vocals and guitars him self. But the special thing about the line-up is the addition of 3 "well known musicians from other genres who, due to contractual reasons, cannot reveal their real names" (statement from Roine), so they are listed under the pseudonyms: Gonzo Geffen (congas & percussion), Slim Pothead (Wurlizer Piano, Mini Moog, Hammond Organ) and Victor Woof (bass) - so let the speculations begin...

"Wall Street Voodoo" is for most parts a fresh and different piece of music, it does have a few boring and mediocre songs - most on the second CD. But if you aren't scared away by the old school analogue instruments, and don't have a problem with psychedelic blues rock transferred into the new millennium, and for most parts nicely combined with Roine's flair for progressive rock, then this is the album you are looking for...

Once more Mr. Stolt proves that not only is he a great songwriter and vocalist, but he is also a fantastic guitar player - just listen to his playing on the best song on the album: "Sex Kills" - outstanding.

I do like this album a bit more than the last few efforts from The Flower Kings and Kaipa. This is an album, that will take you on a strange rollercoaster ride back to past. Not for everybody...

Recommended tracks: "The Observer", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", "Sex Kills" & "Outcast".