Voyager - Review
Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, this five-member, female-fronted EBM band has been going strong now since 2006.
This album marks their third full-length release as the band continues to create great music for fans to enjoy. The album comes packed with ten powerful,
dance-friendly tracks with lyrics charged with social and political issues delivered through smooth, melodic female vocals over pounding beats and
layers of synths, guitars and other electronics.
"Blue Energy" kicks it off with a smooth and dreamy, yet powerful and dance-friendly electro-pop style. The female vocals create an excellent atmosphere
offsetting the pounding beats that keep the body moving. This formula is used throughout the album as one piece after another comes along with a force to
capture the listener's attention. While the political and socially charged lyrics can seem opinionated and in-your-face in some ways, for the most part
these keep the music uplifting and with something of a sense of purpose that many people can relate to.
As with many albums there are definitely some pieces that stand out and in my mind keep things neutral or more accessible to the average listener on the
social front. The previously mentioned "Blue Energy" is definitely a favorite with the smooth and beautiful mix of vocals and dreamy synths over a moving beat.
With a bit more of an edge, "Wreckage" comes out with grinding guitars layered into the mix. "Sirens of the Sea" has a similar style that keeps a bit of an
edge in the music as the pulsating synths provide a nice back-drop to the mesmerizing vocals. The intensity, mood and tempo of the album has some nice variation
as it progresses through several pieces. The dance-friendly music and beats will keep the body moving through most of the album, but a break in intensity is
nice as we slow down a bit on "Drowning in the Rain" and even with "Exiled" as it starts off mellow and then slowly builds to a dynamic climax. "Powering Down"
is appropriately names as it moves along w/ a moving beat, but the glitching vocals and music eventually bring the album to a nice close.
Overall it's a good album with some nice dynamics. I think this helps to maintain the listener's interest as not every track is going to pack the dance floor
or constantly keep the body moving. At the same time, having the variations is a nice change as we move through the album, with the one constant of the solid
female vocals over the dynamically layered music and rhythms. A great addition to our collection.