This lot used to be called Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs but have now mysteriously changed their name to the Voyeurs. Their music has changed ever so slightly and instead of evoking Television's 1970's New York guitar stylings, they now evoke Lou Reed's 1970's New York guitar stylings. The track I'm listening to sounds like an absolute mess so will wait and see how this goes down.
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Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs have dropped the Charlie Boyer bit and re-emerged simply as the Voyeurs. Previously they sounded a bit (a lot) like Television. Here, they stick to their 70’s template but move into a Sparks/Glitter Band territory. From the get go the album is full of stack heeled glam riffs and chant-a-long vocals as ‘Train to Minsk’ does its best to sound like 90’s glam revivilists Earl Brutus. ‘Pete the Pugilist’ starts ok enough with some nice krauty rhythms but the track is wandering around too busy for its own good with none of the hooks catching. The sound of the album is a compressed affair with lots of slapback echo on the vocals and to me it sounds over-produced with too many additional keyboard plonked in for no good reason.
They need to take a lesson from The Fall, if you are going to make a kraut/glam sound them keep it simple - a killer riff is good enough to see it through. The extra detritus just highlights the fact that for all their off kilter oddness the Voyeurs just don’t have the chops.
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