Album Review | Alexz Johnson’s ‘Voodoo’

April 2, 2010

If you check my last.fm, you’d see that Alexz Johnson happens to be my third most played artist overall. I absolutely love her voice and her music, and naturally I thought she could do no wrong… well that was until I heard Voodoo. This album mark’s Alexz Johnson’s debut as an official solo artist, okay that may sound a bit confusing to anyone not familiar with this Canadian songstress. Have you ever seen, or possibly heard of, the Canadian television show Instant Star? Well it was a series by the creators of Degrassi that starred Alexz as a winner of an Idol-like show, and as it chronicled her life after winning it also created real songs that went along with the series that were compiled on original soundtracks at the end of each season. While the show was mediocre at best, the music was kind of outstanding (esp. seasons 1+2). I’d easily recommend those albums, though I can’t say I’d recommend Voodoo. Now I know there were complications in starting her career after she quit the show seeing how her old label, Epic, dropped her and kept all of the masters of what should have been released (easily 10x better than anything on this album), but I just expected better. Aside from “Gonna Get It“, this album bounces back and forth between being a borefest to being just plain awful. Don’t let the amazing back catalogue or the amazing album cover fool you, Voodoo fails to be nothing more than a bad decision made by a brilliant artist.

Score: 2 out of 5

What Epic decided to keep in the divorce, and what should have been on her debut:

Chicago, Golden, Easy, Running With The Devil, and Swallowed. (there could be more, but these are the ones I know of)

All of the Epic masters are GENIUS, it’s sad that these aren’t being released… as far as I know.

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2 Responses to “Album Review | Alexz Johnson’s ‘Voodoo’”

  1. Dame James Says:

    Wasn’t that “Instant Star” show on MTV at some point? I seem to remember something similar sounding on there back in the day.

    I haven’t listened to Alexz Johnson (although I imagine I’ll be getting some of her good stuff any day now) but it’s always disappointing when someone you love doesn’t live up to expectations. Let’s hope something happens and she’ll be able to release those lost tracks properly someday. It would be such a shame to just let them sit there gathering dust.

  2. Tom Says:

    I’m a bit ashamed since I didn’t anything about Alexz Johnson before I read that article. But I have to admit that thanks to you, I discovered an amazing artist. I listened to her songs and I actually really liked it . Thanks Kameron!


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