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Orange Sky: Dat Iz Voodoo

It won't take more than one spin of Dat Iz Voodoo, the second CD from Orange Sky, to realize that this Trinidadian metal trio has altered its sound from 2005's Upstairs. That crunchy genre-defying debut pulled from such far-ranging influences as Living Colour, P.O.D., Ozzy Osbourne, Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Blues Traveler and King's X but not Kansas, which is surprising, considering that Kansas drummer Phil Ehart manages Orange Sky and that Leftoverture producer Jeff Glixman oversaw the production of Upstairs.

Ehart and Glixman are still in the picture, but the songs on Dat Iz Voodoo seem to be targeting younger fans than the debut; hell, just look at the album title's spelling, for crying out loud. From industrial crunch ("Yesterdays & Tomorrows") to hefty rap ("Psycho World"), this album throws out a bunch of styles and hopes the kids find something they like. Let's not even discuss the embarrassing, reggae-inflected cover of the Scorpions' "Is There Anybody There?" or a Tenacious D-style acoustic song called "Rainbows" that conjures images of vocalist Nigel Rojas contorting his face like Jack Black. A few tracks namely "Dark Room," and the massive "Closer" connect with Orange Sky's signature sound put forth so boldly on Upstairs, but that's not enough. I really wanted to like this. But Dat Iz Voodoo iz a disappointment.

Track Listing:
1) Yesterdays & Tomorrows
2) Is There Anybody There?
3) Alone
4) Dark Room
5) Roses
6) Rainbows
7) Psycho World
8) Never
9) Run
10) Second Wind
11) The End
12) Closer

Added: March 12th 2009
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Orange Sky Web Site
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Language: english

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