Well, it’s been a long time coming. After a lengthy string of EPs and festival appearances finally there is an LP to peruse.
There is much to be admired about the debut album from Vukovi (Croatian for wolves) but the most outstanding is singer Janine’s voice. It is reminiscent of the glory days of the eighties and nineties before all female rock vocalists became either Hayley out of Paramore or Amy from Evanescence, does not sound like anyone in particular and is wonderfully different. The vocals seem to not come from the mouth of a sassy Scottish female but instead being emitted from some siren out of Greek mythology. While she may indeed be able to lure sailors onto the rocks to their death it seems more likely she will encourage unsuspecting boys into rock music via her wild blonde hair, piercing eyes but especially her razor sharp vocals, a fact that has not been missed by Nick Jr who have used the outstanding La Di Da to advertise their new series ‘I Kissed A Vampire’.
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This is a relatively straight forward debut seductively mixing pop and rock without detracting from the fact that this is definitely a rock album, a balancing trick which Linkin Park recently have found out is not that easy. There are moments when you can catch aural glimpses of fellow Scots Biffy Clyro and even the occasional Red Hot Chili Pepper moment but when the album shines musically is when they sound like Vukovi and no one else.
They have a pop funkiness which comes to the fore on some of the more stripped down numbers and works really well, the melodies are sound and there is a nice mix of tracks, some which grab you by the throat and others which worm there way into your subconscious like a tick. Buy it if you have fond memories of The Cranberries or Garbage in their heyday, but don’t be surprised if a nine year old recognises it too.