The male-female country duo will presumably live on so long as the genre itself persists, and for the traditionalists who prefer an unadulterated route to rowdy guys and gals, Dark Country Voodoo ought to do quite the trick. Though not as Mac Rebbenack influenced as the album title might suggest, Diamonds And Whiskey are nonetheless an inspired combo of hell raiser and beauty queen alike. Plugging a slew of riff-ready guitar hooks, the sound is more fuzzy than most radio-ready folks, lending the record a dark and bitter sheen reminiscent of the amber drink from which the band derives its name.
Von Bury, a minor guitar hero in his own right, certainly seems to draw equally from both Get Behind Me Satan and Satan Is Real. On “Hands Down,” the intent to please some dark master of rock becomes realized; on “Muddy Water” the brooding tribute is in full swing. Vocalist Jenny Webb effortlessly fills her role as powerhouse crossover vocalist throughout Dark Country Voodoo, aiding the overall scheme wherein the band attempts to rise to otherworldly apostles of the Southern gothic nature.
There’s no denying that the record is much more gripping and the group’s sunny country counterparts – one will find no references to pickup trucks or tight-fitting jeans unless they’re in the context of a lost soul doomed to meet their fate in a Ford and Levis. Perhaps more bayou-inspired imagery or textures would lend some credence (pun intended) to such an ambitious record release. Regardless, credit where credit is due to an act that has done its due diligence in separating itself from mindless pop music – in this case, gloomy is great.