BROKEN UNCLE’S INN
Released 2011 (Voodoo Highway)
CD Track List:
01. Intro (Since 1972)
02. ‘Till It Bleeds
03. The Fire Will Burn Away (All The Darkness)
04. J.C. Superfuck
06. Runnin’ Around
07. Broken Uncle’s Inn
08. Heaven With No Stars
09. Gasoline Woman
10. In Fact It’s The Worst
Frederico Di Marco – vocals
Matteo R.H. Bizzarri – guitar
Filippo Cavallini – bass
Lorenzo Gollini – drums
Alessandro Duo’ – Hammond organ and piano
Nicola Rossi – vocals
Diego Albini – backing vocals
Marco Vancini – harmonica (4 & 7)
Produced and recorded by Luca Magni. Mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni.
On the face of it this album, Broken Uncle’s Inn, ticks all the right boxes. With more than a nod and a wink towards MKII Deep Purple, especially in the massive organ department, this record transports you back to a time when sweater vests and loon pants ruled the world.
Tracks like “Runnin’ Around” are not so much influenced by Deep Purple‘s “Highway Star”, as more like taking all the same notes and playing them in a slightly different order. But this debut album from Italy’s Voodoo Highway has grown on me. It’s not an immediate smash, and it’s taken me the best part of two weeks to get to grips with what these guys are doing. They’re not the tightest unit, but the looseness of what they’re doing fits the mood very nicely. The obligatory slow number, “Heaven With No Stars”, is a really nice change in pace with a huge, sweeping orchestral crescendo reminiscent of Guns N’ Roses‘ “November Rain” — but better.
My main criticism of this offering is that the vocals sound strained at times (not really surprising if you’re gonna try to emulate Mr. Ian Gillan) and that there really needs to be more guitar — or at least turn them up a tad to balance out the superb keyboard tinkling skills. Having said that, the solo on “The Fire Will Burn Away” is as good as anything Ritchie Blackmore ever did in the early seventies… so go figure.
Every one of the tracks on Broken Uncle’s Inn wouldn’t look out of place on Machine Head, In Rock or Fireball. It’s kind of a shame that Voodoo Highway don’t stretch their wings a bit, as they cite their influences as Steely Dan, The Doors, The Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, CCR and Lynyrd Skynyrd — so, it would be nice to see them wander off into those territories as well as sticking to the well worn Purple path.
If you never managed to drag yourself out of the seventies, still think shag pile carpet is the shit, Evel Kneivel is the daddy, and the 8-track is the future… then check out Voodoo Highway. And get your hair cut you damn hippy!
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Reviewed by Hetfield’s Mullet for Sleaze Roxx, August 2011