Thursday, July 28, 2011

Voodoo Highway

Plenty of great music slips off the radar, and Badlands is among the greatest crimes of overlookage in the hard rock lexicon. Combining intelligence, chops, a reverence for "roots" music (true blues homage is all over the place here, just like with early Zeppelin) with modern metal sensibilities produces a shimmering rock experience in the form of Voodoo Highway. While Jake E. Lee was never really excepted by many Ozzy fans because he had to follow Randy Rhoads, he has done excellent on his own. He has his own distinctive way of playing and the guitars on here are raw and scorching. With Ray Gillen singing, these guys fit like a glove together.

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