Rhubarb Rhubarb, an actor's warm up ritual, a delightful and tasty metaphor of how this young London band makes noise theatrically.
This sophomore record marks a new scenery for the five-piece next to their spiritual ode to CBGB golden era NYC and its primitive vibe, they are now deeply rooted in their own neck of woods, with a more whimsical touch.
Despite letting go of their wilder side, The Voyeurs retain their trademark groove and dandy appeal, their sound and Charlie Boyer’s vocal signature are one of a kind.
Rhubarb Rhubarb may be less of an instant record than Clarietta, it is nonetheless a grower that is to be enjoyed as a bottle of fine wine. Suave and long on the palate.
The charm of this album lies in its all British flair. whether it be lyrically with its witty description à la Kinks or in its overall sound, ranging from the sixties to glam rock. Kevin Ayers circa Joy of a Toy springs to mind. While the title of the debut record bowed down to the late musician, his imprint is more relevant on Rhubarb Rhubarb with that sexy, nonchalant and tongue in cheek poise. Boyer’s pitch also somehow takes after Ayers and Syd Barrett, his voice definitely stands out and he uses his full vocal potential, either softly on "May, Will You Stop" or more exuberantly as on "England sings Rhubarb Rhubarb".
"Train To Minsk" makes a catchy opener, leading the listener to the band’s whole new realm of sound. A perfect tune to play at maximum volume, acting as a powerful dopamine. “I dream in the day, I dream in the night” resonates, which is exactly what this record does to you, provided you give it a few listens. “Stunners” and “The Smiling Loon”, although totally different, are both pinnacles which substantiate the definite Voyeurs sound. The former is excentric and maximalist whereas the latter is mellow and intriguing. Either way, this second effort is an invitation to colorful daydreaming and partying in style. The world should sing Rhubarb Rhubarb.
Rhubarb Rhubarb was released on Heavenly Recordings on November, 10th 2014.