"A NYC Club scenester and comic book creator, Voltaire has discovered the alchemical formula to transform formal, minor key violins and gypsy acoustic guitar into an aural tickle that makes skulls grin and devils tap their toes. Voltaire puts the fun back into morbidity." - Lollipop Magazine
Known for his satirical dark humor, Voltaire gives love the finger on Boo Hoo: a break up record for lonely hearts with an ax to grind! This isn't a CD you share with the one you love. This is the CD you send to your ex! Voltaire's third CD explores the soulfulness of modern music, yet does it within his trademark old world, acoustic gypsy sound. After spending the better part of the last 12 years in a somewhat idyllic relationship, Voltaire suddenly found himself with a one way ticket to Heartbreak Hotel. This led to an album's worth of material spanning the gamut of emotions of love lost -- from bitterness, remorse, sorrow and anger to irreverence, defiance, acceptance and consolation; mixed - of course - with heavy doses of the satirical dark humor Voltaire has become notorious for.
A review from Outburn Magazine #19
| 8 out of 10 | King of Goth Satire Finds his Voice: | Boo Hoo is a concept album born of personal frustration for Voltaire, the ever grinning balladeer to let the entire world know that even for him breaking up is hard to do. Here we find a little bir more of the real Voltaire, and less of the sinister charmer of his past albums. The bitterness begins with the song "Future Ex-Girlfriends," which despite the trademark violin in the background is a straight-up pop song that could leave the goth club in the dust and hit the airwaves. Yet, the pain really starts with "Where's the Girl?" and ends with "Let it go." My favorite song on the record is his cover of Bjork's "Bachelor(ette)," where I honestly though I was listening to a Frank Sinatra tune the first time I heard it. Voltaire can actually sing, which is quite impressive when compared to the ego bruised whines and moans of the top selling male vocalists of today. For those Voltaire groupies that can't get enough of the classic Voltaire shenanigans, he was kind enough to throw in "The Vampire Club" which was a live favorite, and has a nice rockabilly twist to it. This is the best album that Voltaire has put out to date, and will completely move him away from being taged as simply a niche novelty artist, and instead land him in the more diverse alternative music genre. - Lucasta
Excerpt of a review from http://www.starvox.net
Voltaire is just about the only musician I know who has the balls to take a personal situation and make it public. What's more, he makes fun of it and puts it on his new CD - call it humor as catharsis if you will. By now his break up with his long time partner is no secret to most people. At Projektfest he announced to the entire crowd that it was his first convention as a "single" man - lord forbid. His latest CD, Boo Hoo is described on the Projekt website as "a break up record for lonely hearts with an ax to grind!" and inside the CD sleeve in the credits he writes, "Dedicated to 'you know who' with love, hate, bitterness and reconciliation." So while the songs on this CD are as funny and as witty as you've come to expect from Voltaire, I cannot help but wince just slightly knowing that some of it is based in truth. Perhaps he should tour with Funhouse when they come to the U.S. They could call it the "Songs About My Ex" tour and we could all show up for a night of drunken musical therapy. Count me in.
Over all, Boo Hoo is a solid and worthy release from Voltaire. The comedy that you've come to expect from him is here in doses but there's alot more of the serious stuff going on and it seems as though the music has gotten a bit more serious too. His vocals are better and more confident and the orchestration of the stringed instruments through out is nothing short of breath taking. Props to Voltaire for making classical instrumentation part of our current music talent pool. We need more of that. - Blu
A review from highbias.com
Though best known for his animation work and his satirical comic book Oh My Goth!, Voltaire, the clown prince of the New York Goth scene, is also a songwriter of irreverent wit. After two collections in which he gleefully bit the hand that feeds him, now he turns his attention to that most universal of subjects: love. Ostensibly the chronicle of a painful break-up, Boo Hoo shoots happyface-adorned arrows at potential romance ("Future Ex Girlfriend"), lonely obsession ("#1 Fan") and righteous post-breakup anger ("See You in Hell," in which Voltaire sings "You put me through Hell" to a tune reminiscent of the Smiths). He also sucks the blood out of the Goth vampire scene in "Vampire Club," waxes rhapsodic about his favorite author in "Graveyard Picnic" and pays tribute to low-budget sci-fi films with "BRAINS!" As caustic as he can get with his barbs and one-liners, he's not being mean-spirited-he only makes fun of the things he loves. Besides, it's not all ironic humor and pisstaking-tunes like "I'm Sorry," "Let It Go" and "...About a Girl" get to the heart of the matter without verbal dismemberment. He's also left behind most of the gypsy and Celtic elements of previous records, luxuriating in straightforward acoustic pop arrangement that highlight his engaging voice and irresistible melodies. In fact, the instantly appealing sound is the biggest surprise on Boo Hoo, though it's far from the only pleasure. Michael Toland [buy it]
For fans of: the Peenbeets, Loudon Wainwright III, Morrissey