I’m going to start off this review by recounting a conversation which took place in my house while the album was playing on the stereo...
“Wow, this new Whitesnake album is fantastic.”
“It’s not Whitesnake, it’s a band called Voodoo Circle.”
“What... you’re having a laugh, let me check the song titles. ‘Tears In The Rain’, Cry For Love’, Heart Of Babylon’, ‘Victim Of Love’, The Saint And The Sinner’! Please, of course it’s Whitesnake!”
“No, honestly it really isn’t, it’s Voodoo Circle’s new album.”
“Well, I’ll be damned; this is the best Whitesnake album I’ve heard in years!”
That conversation really did take place and is what is causing me some problems reviewing this album. ‘More Than One Way Home’ is Voodoo Circle’s third album and, to be totally honest, it’s a cracker from start to finish but it sounds exactly like Whitesnake and would quite happily sit between ‘Slide It In’ and ‘1987’or indeed be considered as a more than worthy successor to ‘Forevermore’. Of course, the band is stacked with talent. Voodoo Circle were put together by fabulous guitarist Alex Beyrodt of Primal Fear and Silent Force fame, bass is handled by none other than Mat Sinner (who has been on so many albums I’ve lost count) and, of course, a lot of people will know vocalist David Readman from Pink Cream 69, Adagio and the previous Voodoo Circle albums as well as many other projects. He really does have a wonderful set of pipes. Voodoo Circle are completed by drummer Markus Kullmann and keyboard wizard Jimmy Kresic and they are all absolutely brilliant as well as the album being fantastically produced and mixed. All of the aforementioned tracks and the rest of the album are a veritable feast of high class melodic heavy rock which could grace any collection and there is no doubt you should check it out to make up your own mind, but...I keep coming back to the fact that, apart from a couple of more Deep Purple orientated songs, this really should have had Whitesnake’s logo on the album cover and for that it drops a mark because there comes a time when the term ‘influenced by’ perhaps goes a little too far.
MORE THAN ONE WAY HOME
Review by Rick Tilley
22nd Feb 2013
1) Graveyard City
2) Tears in the Rain; 3) Heart of Babylon
4) Cry for Love
6) The Ghost in Your Heart
7) Bane of My Existence
8) More Than One Way Home
9) The Killer in You
10) The Saint and the Sinner
11) Victim of Love
12) Open Your Eyes
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
"...it’s a cracker from start to finish but it sounds exactly like Whitesnake and would quite happily sit between ‘Slide It In’ and ‘1987’or indeed be considered as a more than worthy successor to ‘Forevermore’."