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Riding a Black Unicorn...

by Aurelio Voltaire

Named by a fan, Riding a Black Unicorn (etc etc) is Voltaire's most epic album to date, revisting and improving upon many of the musical genres he's toyed with in the past. Steampunk, Cabaret, Blues, Jack Skellington-like jazz and Goth are all present!
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Riding a Black Unicorn...
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2. Innocent
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3. The Mechanical Girl
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4. The Straight Razor Cabaret
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5. Don't Go By the River
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6. The Dirtiest Song That Ain't
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7. Cathouse Tragedy
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8. Oh Lord (Wake the Dead)
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9. When the Circus Came to Town
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Album Notes
Formally known as simply ‘Voltaire’, Aurelio Voltaire has stood the test of time as a musician. For fifteen years and through nine full length CDs (and several shorter ones), he has maintained a loyal army of fans, some of them sticking with him from his very first release. To this day he continues to add new legions to his following. Some of that is due to his consistency as an artist who delivers finely crafted songs with meaning, soul and a unique, wry wit. But those who know him know he keeps very close ties with his fans both new and old. He runs his own Facebook page, runs his own Twitter and Youtube channels and stays for hours after shows, diligently standing at his merch booth meeting and greeting all who’ve come to the show. For this reason, it may come as no surprise that Riding A Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children is perhaps his most fan-driven album to date. The lengthy title was given to him by a fan simply describing Voltaire’s music on his Facebook page. And at a time when Voltaire had covered so much musical territory from cabaret to country, from ska to reggae, he reached out to his fans and asked them what THEY wanted to hear him do next.

“Some told me I should write some blues songs, some said cabaret, some said Goth and steampunk and dark folk, one even said heavy metal! So… I did my best to do it all,” says Voltaire.

The result is an album that takes all of the musical genres that Voltaire has traversed in the past, polishes them and takes them to a whole new level. The musicianship alone is amongst the best of any Voltaire album with Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls on drums, Melora Creager of Rasputina on cello and David J. of Bauhaus on bass.

Fans of Steampunk will love the ballad The Mechanical Girl while fans of Voltaire’s dark cabaret will enjoy Cathouse Tragedy and The Straight Razor Cabaret. Those who asked for Voltaire to return to his earliest acoustic, dark, Gothic folk were answered with When the Circus Came to Town and the heart-wrenching, anit-bullying track Innocent. Don’t Go By the River, The Dirtiest Song that Ain’t and Oh Lord (Wake the Dead) will absolutely thrill those lively yet morbid souls who count the Cab Callaway-meets-Jack Skellington stylings of Ooky Spooky as one of Voltaire’s best albums. And that one person who asked for a heavy metal album might just find Voltaire’s epic homage (albeit all acoustic) to Iron Maiden, the title track, Riding a Black Unicorn… to be their favorite track.


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Love this album!
This album is incredible, its very different from the Voltaire I once knew, a perfect evolution. I love the melancholy NOLA-esque horns, a far cry from the string-dominant orchestration of his earlier work. Perhaps the use of the name "Aurelio Voltaire" is a signal of this new evolution, and I welcome it with open ears


Amazing Album
One of Voltaire's best albums that he has put out.

Angela Smith

Voltaire has once again managed to move me to tears of joy, sorrow, love, hate, hope and despair. I laughed so hard I cried while I drank the blood of my enemies! Well, only in my mind, but once again, the lyrics are so memorable! And that voice! Oh, superb!

Murray W

Another incredibly fun, humorous and awesome album. Nothing else needs to be said. Get it.


Yet another great it now!


Love it
can't stop listening to it. . . makes me just want to dance and sing along


Voltaire'll Make Ya Shake a Leg
If you have never experienced the joys of Voltaire, his latest is a FANTASTIC place to star. Genre-wise, I'd call it dark humor acoustic cabaret folk rock. These songs are hands-down some of the best songs he's ever done, and with an album title and artwork this awesome, how could you resist?

This album features the truly hilarious tune "The Dirtiest Song That Ain't", which may get you in trouble if you sing along with it in public, and "Cathouse Tragedy" is the best brothel song I've ever heard. "The Mechanical Girl" is straight-up steampunk tastiness, "Oh Lord (Wake the Dead)" will make you shake your booty while questioning God, and "Innocent" is a departure from the humor and is genuinely endearing. Every song is truly great, and while there are only 9 songs, they are ALL amazing, so who cares?!

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll shake a leg, fall in love with a robot, and drink the laughter of small children.

If you're a new fan or have been one for years, this is Voltaire at his utmost best. The lyrics are great, his voice is better than ever, and his backing band are sensational. JOIN THE SENSATION!


The new CD is fantastic! Each album gets better and better Voltaire! Great stuff!! :)


Excellent album!
This is definitely my favorite album by Voltaire (but not by much! Every album of his is so great). I'd recommend anyone, both old and new fans to get this album.


An awesome album from an awesome artist!
I just got my album today and I must say I'm impressed. I've come to expect the quality of Voltaire's work from his previous album, but this one threw me over the top. The songs are simply wonderful, with a band composed of exeptional musciens. Voltaire's mix of dark humor, coupled with the extraordinary ensemble of artist grouped into this album have made it my favorite piece of work from Voltaire.
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