Deja Voodoo

Swamp of Love

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Since the first album, Deja Voodoo spent a couple of years playing shows and getting ready for the follow-up. That extra time paid off, and Swamp of Love is a much more self-assured outing. It rocks hard, and the band is very tight. You only have to take a listen to the opening cut, "Blast Off!," to hear the difference -- the drums snap like a whip and Gerard Van Herk's sludge guitar is fairly sharp. The subject matter is the same -- food, monsters, love, etc. -- but there's more of a reliance on the blues this time out for musical inspiration, notably sludgy Delta-style blues. That's not to say that there's still not a good dose of humor here: "Three Men, One Coffin" laments the fact that there "ain't no room in a discount tomb," and "Don't Let No Ning Heads in Your Home" warns you that if you do, you'll soon be swimming in evil foodstuffs like Velveeta and Big Gulps (and you probably don't want that to happen). This is pretty much the best place to start if you want to check out Deja Voodoo.

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