Boo Hoo

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Leave it to Voltaire to continue being the ultimate prince of wry darkness -- even though the album was indeed inspired by his sadness over the breakup of a relationship, he knows darn well that the best approach isn't self-pity so much as dry humor. Thus the hilarious cover art: Voltaire as sweater-wearing troubadour on stage, one eye blackened, with broken hearts behind him -- not to mention the knowingly silly title of the album itself. Boo Hoo actually has its share of serious moments, but wisely Voltaire sugars the pill -- or perhaps more accurately, puts more medicine in the sugar -- with another set of songs at once celebrating and wickedly vivisecting the goth ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Leave it to Voltaire to continue being the ultimate prince of wry darkness -- even though the album was indeed inspired by his sadness over the breakup of a relationship, he knows darn well that the best approach isn't self-pity so much as dry humor. Thus the hilarious cover art: Voltaire as sweater-wearing troubadour on stage, one eye blackened, with broken hearts behind him -- not to mention the knowingly silly title of the album itself. Boo Hoo actually has its share of serious moments, but wisely Voltaire sugars the pill -- or perhaps more accurately, puts more medicine in the sugar -- with another set of songs at once celebrating and wickedly vivisecting the goth lifestyle. The swirling Eastern European melodies of earlier releases are often replaced by other approaches check out the '40s swing kick of "BRAINS!" and "…About a Girl", but Gregor Kitzis' violin and Matthew Goeke's cello add just enough of both elegance and energy to the proceedings. As for Voltaire's singing, his quite beautiful, warm voice is still in perfect shape -- again, his avoidance of goth clichés no deep bellowing or groaning here proves to be one of the best approaches in the genre in ages. When Voltaire cuts to the heart, he does so with direct focus -- "Where's the Girl?" contains not one laugh, coming across like the black-wearing counterpart to the Beach Boys' lament "Caroline, No," while "Let It Go" and "I'm Sorry" are no less wracked, Voltaire's lightness of tone belying the darker sentiments of his words. Meanwhile, "Future Ex Girlfriend" and "See You in Hell" couch things in wit as much as direct pain, finding a fine balance between the two. As for laugh riots, check out the hilarious, jaunty portrait of a politically unaware goth, "Irresponsible," not to mention the portrait of the scene and its pitfalls, "The Vampire Club." Intriguing covers of Björk's "Bachelorette" and Tori Amos' "Caught a Lite Sneeze" flesh out the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • UPC: 617026012926
  • Catalog Number: 129
  • Sales rank: 99,436

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Future Ex Girlfriend (3:52)
  2. 2 I'm Sorry (3:17)
  3. 3 No. 1 Fan (3:41)
  4. 4 Where's the Girl? (3:38)
  5. 5 See You In Hell (4:15)
  6. 6 Bachelor(ette) (4:43)
  7. 7 Hello Cruel World (3:46)
  8. 8 Irresponsible (3:29)
  9. 9 The Vampire Club (3:12)
  10. 10 BRAINS! (5:12)
  11. 11 Graveyard Picnic (3:33)
  12. 12 ...About A Girl (2:45)
  13. 13 Let It Go (3:47)
  14. 14 Caught A Lite Sneeze (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Voltaire Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Matt Goeke Cello
Pete Rivera Drums
Gregor Kitzis Violin
Stephen Moses Trombone, Drums
George Grant Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Voltaire Producer, Artwork
Flam Mastering
George Grant Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A fun album with comical lyrics and sound.

    This is a humorous CD that will put a smile on your face, no matter what the occasion. It playfully pokes fun at the dumb things about relationships and their break-ups.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sucks on a whole new level.

    This is not something you would expect from a heart broke man who has any form of wit about him. I was expecting something along the lines of Jagged little pill, but I got some crap from John Denver. Obviously the break up took more then his girlfriend away. This cd is just plain bad. If you feel like hearing a wuss boob for about an hour about how much someone ment to him then pick it up, but if not, leave it on the shelf collecting dust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breakups hurt

    Almost worth buying for the cover alone. "Hello Cruel World" is wonderful satire. "The Vampire Club" is something you can definitely sink your teeth into. "BRAINS!" is great on it's own, but when you catch it in the "Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy" on Cartoon Network (episode called 'Little Rock of Horrors') it is an absolute riot. And for all you Edgar Allen Poe fans, "Graveyard Picnic" is a must.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    his stuff is great

    I heard about Voltaire from a friend, and i was hooked right away. His songs are great and funny. i love the violins and cellos in there. check out his comics too. they are supposed to be just as good as his music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YaY for Voltaire

    This is a great CD. I first heard Voltaire on the Goth Comp. CD's he was on and I feel in love with the use of violins in his music and his voice. His songs are both funny and beautiful. He has so much talent. If you are reading this right now trying to deside if you really want this CD or not I'll break it down for you if you like dry humor, sarcasm, violins, and a beautiful strong voice you'll love this CD...

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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