Ex-Judas Priest frontman

takes Two to make it right

Chris Stelmak

Staff Writer

Records

Review

While few people initially cared about ex-Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's solo career, they will undoubtedly begin to pry closer into his life with the release of Voyeurs.

Considering Halford's former gig, expectations for this album were not the highest. After two albums with Fight and his coming out of the closet, Halford formed his current band, Two.

Two was formed on the basis of, coincidentally, two people - Halford and guitarist John Lowery. The two combine their efforts to create a dark, gothic-industrial moan. The style seems to be a complete turnaround for Halford, who has been stuck in the long-haired metal stereotype for ages.

It would be nice to say what has ushered Two into the spotlight is musical talent. However, it would probably be closer to the truth to say that Trent Reznor producing the album took it to MTV.

The album starts off strong, with each of the first five tracks being interesting in its own way. However, the album quickly winds its way down into a boring pile of schmutz.

"I Am a Pig" starts Voyeur off with whiny guitars and powerful drum machines. The music breaks for Halford's monotone voice to fill in a gap within the tedious music. That little change in the pitch makes the song take on an appreciative tone of its own.

"Stutter Kiss" follows with a slightly fuller sound. The vocals take on a sort of electric tint. The only downfall of the song is the requisite guitar solo which adds in a high cheese factor.

"Water's Leaking" is one of the more powerful tracks of the album. The variance in tempo and the departure from the strict verse-refrain pattern causes the song to stand out from the rest of the album. The guitar and vocals switch from a grinding pulse to a soft melody that pulls the listener in.

"My Ceiling's Low" follows with extremely whiny vocals. Halford takes advantage of the slow tempo by endlessly stretching out his lyrical phrases. The refrain binds the song together and adds more life to it, pushing it into the better bracket of the album.

After the first four tracks, the album peters out. Voyeurs hits a low with "If" and "Wake Up." The songs take on a frolicking, happy-goth style that just falls flat.

Two offers an initially powerful punch but does not really follow through with the energy to make the album go the extra mile.

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