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Classic rock retooled for the twenty-first century...
on 20 April 2014
Voyage is a tremendous exercise in genre worship. Throughout the album you hear Led Zepplin's Moby Dick riff, Hole in the Sky era Sabbath, appropriated and applied in the classic blues rock tradition. Because of the nature of the music, it's unfortunate that Vintage Caravan won't be spoken about all that much, except for in praise of how well they ape their influences. Because this is third time around for this heavy nostalgia, the early nineties are also an obvious touchstone for the young band, Spiritual Beggars and Grand Magus lurk in the exhuberant riffery. Craving opens the album with a juggernaut riff which seems not to cease for the following fifty minutes, my personal favourite is Cocaine Sally because of it's slightly dirtier, bluesier take on a none more traditional topic.
For me, this is four stars not five because I look for a bit more from the lyrics...the words here are neither third eye opening nor concerned with the state of the world, like perhaps Witchcraft or Graveyard might be. Also, third track, Do you remember, is a little too reminicent of Counting Crows/Hootie and the Blowfish and it takes a good couple of tracks after it to clear the sonic pallet. Little gripes aside, this is a really fun album and deserves great success, I'm happy to see that it's gaining some traction and hope to see the band grow in the future.