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The Soundtrack to Your Next Pirating Adventure

Voltaire's sixth studio album, 'To the Bottom of the Sea', is a great achievement. It shows Voltaire and his band (made up of Gregor Kitzis on violin, Matthew Goeke on cello, and Glenn Sorino on drums) returning a bit to their roots with the old world, pirate, gypsy sound found on Voltaire's 1998 debut, 'The Devil's Bris'. However, 'To the Bottom of the Sea' is different from Voltaire's other works in three major ways. First, it's a concept album, which tells the story of a young man living in the country of Vorutania in the mid-19th century. As the story unfolds, the peasants revolt against the Robber Baron. Without a ruler, the country eventually falls into war. As a result, our young man leaves his family and country to find his fortune at sea. As you might expect from Voltaire, things for our young man do not go as planned. A tempest comes upon the ship which leads to the ship the bottom of the sea. The second difference is the addition of a musical instrument not used on previous Voltaire releases, an accordion (played by Franz Nicolay). I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for an accordion (yes, I know how silly that sounds). The accordion is a great addition to the album and it really ties the album together musically. Lastly, what makes this album unique is that it is Voltaire's first self-released studio album. That's right, this album was released without the help of Projekt (Voltaire's former record label) or any other record label. The album was actually finished and pressed thanks to the money sent in from pre-orders on Voltaire's MySpace Page! You may think that Voltaire had to skimp on the packaging due to this lack of funds, not so, the layout and design is some of the best I've seen in years! The artwork is wonderful and there are pictures of the band and other people who contributed to the album. Most of the songs on 'To the Bottom of the Sea' can stand on their own as well as being part of a concept album. Many times concept albums fall short in this area. They make a great album, but when the songs are played on their own, they lose something. This really doesn't happen with 'To the Bottom of the Sea'. A few things to note, with 'Happy Birthday (My Olde Friend)', Voltaire gives us a new song to play at birthday parties. There is a parody of 'Coin Operated Boy' by The Dresdon Dolls titled 'Coin Operated Goi', and I warn you, this song will get stuck in your head and drive you crazy! Voltaire also does a cover of 'Accordion Player' by Julia Marcell, who happens to sing a duet with Voltaire on 'This Sea'. There really isn't a bad song on the album. However, being a fan of all things pirate, my favorite tracks are the more pirate sounding songs near the end of the album. Like I said before, all the songs are good, but my favorites are 'The Beast of Pirate's Bay' (which shows Voltaire excel in storyteller mode), the title track, 'To the Bottom of the Sea' (an upbeat song about being down...on the bottom of the sea, and lastly 'Death Death (devil, devil, devil, devil, evil, evil, evil, evil song)' (which shows Voltaire poking fun at himself and his dark musical themes). To the Bottom of the Sea is an excellent album and I highly recommend it to any fan of Voltaire or anyone planning a revolt or pirate adventure.

I believe this is his best

What is better than an album from Voltaire? An album from Voltaire that he did all by himself!!! Since Dancing Ferret shut its doors, he was in the dark to bring out this album, but he did it. This album plays like a story. You need to listen to it from start to finish to get the full feel of it. Some of the best songs are: 1) Happy Birthday (My Olde Friend) 2) The Beast of Pirate's Bay (Another song for his son) 3) To the Bottom of the Sea 4) Death, Death (Devil, Devil, Evil Evil Song) If you think that this is true, buy this album!

Another great CD!

This CD is one of, if not his best so far! I have the whole thing on my iPod, and I am usually a few songs from a CD type of girl. (The exception is Voltaire I LOVE his music)! 1: The Industrial Revolution (and how it ruined my life)- 5-stars - I love this song! It makes a great opener for the CD, or just to hear on its own. … Not to mention it makes a good point. 2: Robber Baron- 5 stars – this one is really good. The dark humor here had me chuckling! The trumpets and heavy beat do a lot for the feel of the song, one can feel the plight of the people singing. 3: Stakes and Torches – 5 stars – the UPRISING! A good mob is hard to resist :D 4: Happy Birthday (My Olde Friend) – 5 stars – this is my favorite in the CD!!! man it is dark and just AWESOME! We have plans to play this at all my friend’s b-days! 5: Coin Operated Goi - 5 stars – funny as all get out! There are some words that may need to be looked up if you are not familiar with Yiddish though. 6: Accordion Player – 5 stars – I REALLY like this one… and I really do not know why. lol 7: This Sea – 5stars – this song is really beautiful, but sad. The girl, Julia Marcell, has an awesome voice. The two sound so well together! My only problem is she has an accent, and while it adds to the charm, it makes it hard for me to understand her at times. (Listen to it enough and it is no matter :D ) 8: The Beast of Pirate's Bay- 5 stars – this catchy tune, is very funny! 9: Tempest – 4 stars- it is an instrumental, I love it but it is my least favorite on the CD. Though I have to say it makes me want to pick back up belly dancing! 10: This Ship's Going Down – 5 stars – The writing is very nice, quite poetic with interesting wording. Although this is a sad song, I laugh anyway. 11: To the Bottom of the Sea – 5 stars – I have had this song STUCK in my head for days! The tune is awesome and the lyrics are even better! 12: Death Death (devil, devil, evil, evil song) – 5 stars – Probably the best on the CD. It is funny, witty and all around Voltaire.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

A product of the New York City goth scene, Voltaire first earned attention as a director and stop-motion animator, helming station IDs for MTV, the Sci-Fi Channel and other cable outlets. He also produced a number of comic book projects, among them Chi-Chian and Oh My Goth. Voltaire's debut LP, The Devil's Bris, appeared on the Projekt label in mid-1998. It mixed lush vocals over the chaos of violins and cellos. The pop-influenced...
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To the Bottom of the Sea, Voltaire
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, World
  • Released: Sep 23, 2008

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