Whatever You Want From Life
The album starts with Whatever You Want From Life, a radio single with a lot of passion and energy. The catchy melody and infectious vocals leave a mark and the strong interaction between the 3 band members shows these musicians are top quality.
We Are On A Chemical Push
Voicst continues to infect the listener with unlimited energy and the highspeed, danceable rock on We Are On A Chemical Push just invites you to either dance, rock out, or do both at the same time. The excellent drumming and powerful vocals are subtly supported by good bass lines and the song pushes and pushes forward.
Dazzled Kids is an obvious radio single choice and one of the very best songs on the album. Clear and powerful vocals in a very melodic rock & roll song are combined with some clever and strong guitar hooks. The song plays in your head forever and the live version of this song is pure ear candy too.
You Look Like Coffee
Voicst keeps on rocking and rocking fast. You Look Like Coffee isn’t the best song on the album, but it’s another one that you just gotta move to. This band just seems to know what it can do and they do it so well that it’s hard to really find any weak spots. This song is just energy unleashed. Great rock out song.
On Detail 2003 there is a slight change of pace. A little tuned down, which takes some getting used to since all we know so far is the infectious powerpop/rock & roll that Voicst has impressed us with. Detail 2003 is a lot mellower, and frankly, with less energy comes less passion. I’m not saying it’s not there, but I can’t hear it as well. It’s a good song, but doesn’t really seem to be one of my favorites.
Upside however is one of my favorites. The tempo goes up and this alternative rock & roll song really qualifies for the best song on the album. With very strong guitar work, and exceptional drumming & percussion the basis of the song is already extremely strong. The vocals however finish the job and make it golden.
Someone Wake Me
The folky, slightly rushed sound on Someone Wake Me is an interesting contrast. It has kind of a hippie feel to it, which is a lot of fun, but no more than that.
Shut Up And Dance
Shut Up And Dance is the ultimate signature track for Voicst. Not just because of its title, but because of the passion, energy, and sheer talent in this song. It’s unlimited power rock & roll, just full throttle and there we go. And it’s extremely catchy too. No one is able to sit still during this one. Heck yeah!
Another possible radio single. Sgt. Gonzo is a very strong song with one of the band’s better build-ups. It doesn’t start with hyperspeed, but the speed picks up during the chorus which is just splendid. Great vocals, pure and honest rock & roll with again, excellent drumming.
Interesting title, interesting song. Very catchy, yet quite alternative at the same time. The bass is ultimately important in this track and is done really solidly. Together with the drumming and the vocals that grow in intensity throughout the song, this is another highlight on this strong debut.
And You Taste Like Something’s Wrong
This is another great song. Somewhere along the way Bob Dylan & Talking Heads must’ve made a lovechild and fed it amphetamines, because that’s pretty much the outcome. Hippie rock & roll? Yes indeed. It’s not the tightest song, nor was it intended to be, but the song is just so much fun.
How To Put It?
How To Put It? is pretty much an intermezzo between the previous song and the next song. It features some pretty keys arrangement and it kind of breaks the album…
Enjoy The Kickback
…after which it continues with more infectious rock & roll. Enjoy The Kickback is similar to We Are On A Chemical Push though it is probably even better. Catchier and even more danceable. The ‘oo-oo-ooh’ is a crowd pleaser during live shows when everyone joins in and the song never ceases to get the crowd going.
Acts of Fire
We then hear the bonus track Acts of Fire, which is a dark rock & roll song with some indie influences. It’s not the band’s strongest song, and therefore probably a smart choice to make it a bonus track. The energy and great interaction between the different instruments gives the song a good body and Voicst’s honest expression of passion makes it an excellent addition to an already excellent album.
“11-11” is an astonishing debut by this Dutch rock & roll band. Their energy and passion reaches a level that is beyond professionalism. It’s just pure and honest. And with clever arrangements and outstanding performances, Voicst is easily one of the best rock/pop bands in the Netherlands ever!