On his debut release, Voltaire satirized the concept of Evil and the many ways it manifests itself in the world. Now, two years later, Voltaire returns with a more lighthearted look at life from the perspective of God\'s angelic cast-off, Lucifer, driven by pride to attempt the first failed coup in history.
Singing in a deep, velvety croon with all the passion, sorrow and bitterness of a fallen angel, Voltaire has crafted an album full of haunting Old World melodies and memorable pop tunes that you won\'t be able to get out of your head without a guillotine. Always the devilish wordsmith, Voltaire\'s songs dance between the sardonic, the heartfelt and the absurd. Whether he is singing about a lost love or a public beheading, Voltaire effervesces in a playfully boisterous mix of wit and old-fashioned merriment.
Spontaneously full of mirth and dark humor, Almost Human blurs the gap between the 18th and 21st centuries. This is pop music for a parallel universe, where Morrissey is the Queen of England and electricity was never discovered. Cleverly combining classical instruments with present-day song structures, Voltaire\'s New Wave band from the Victorian Era cavort through a cabaret suitable for the most contemporary of dance floors.
A review from dark-entries.com:
Sort of like Morrissey, given a string quartet & cross bred with a bitter gothy version of Weird Al Yankovich (right down to the polka).
While lacking the same catchy super-singles as his first album (The Devil\'s Bris), Voltaire\'s Almost Human is still a wonderful romp through Necrophilia, Heresy and Mental Illness - with a few traditional folk type songs thrown in for good measure. The music is a mix of brooding violins, cello, acoustic guitars and light percussion, with Voltaire\'s velvety voice singing tales of lament, love and lunacy. Because of the structure of the music many of the songs bear uncanny resemblances as far as instrumentation is concerned to tracks on the first album, but the distinct and incredibly infectious lyrics are really what sets this album apart.
Unlike the first album, which dealt with the nature of evil, and crazy neighbours,Almost Human has a more serious tone overall but still presented in a very jovial manner. Several tracks even focus on religion, a subject usually left untouched by artists in fear of social repercussions - from \"Almost Human\" which is sung from the point of view of a particularly notorious fallen angel, to \"God thinks\" which pokes at those who claim to know what god \"truly wants\". Other tracks are flat out bizarre, including a advertising jingle for a Club Night in Voltaire\'s hometown of New York City (\"Alchemy Mondays\") and of course \"Dead Girls\", which relates one man\'s experiences with, well, dead girls. The album has a wonderful, bouncy, tongue in cheek attitude and sometimes is just so bizarre that it\'ll make you laugh aloud - even after the second or third listen. Overall, a wonderfully crafted and thoroughly entertaining release for anyone who doesn\'t mind a bit of humour in their music.