Review: Victoria Vox – Vox Ukulele Cello

Victoria Vox – Vox Ukulele Cello is the latest release from Victoria Vox and Katie the Cellist, released late last month, through Obus Music and 1% For The Planet. The CDs are made from recycled materials, and Vox, ever conscious of her environment, is once more giving proceeds from the record to a worthy cause; improving the environment.

How do you start… Can I just say that I enjoy this CD? I really enjoy this CD. I don’t want to tell you why because to think and to narrow it down might make it not so. It might make me overly critical. This is going to be a burst of thought. A stream, or a levee breaking. I love the sound of cello. The ukulele is one of my favourite instruments as of the last three years just because its so portable, so friendly sounding, so instant. And this record combines those, with a mouth-trumpet, in a great way. Vox is one of the best mouth-trumpet-noise-maker-people I’ve heard. I love the songs. The meaning. The content of it. If I try and find some artistic way to express why, I might lose the reason I enjoy it. I might associate it with a chore. I don’t want that. I just want to listen to it a bit longer. Just a little longer.

If you’re familiar with Victoria Vox, you will enjoy this. If you’ve not heard of her but ever attended a ukulele festival, you will enjoy this. Some of the songs on this album are reworkings of popular songs that Victoria has previously released; Mother Nature, Summertime, Oh I Wonder, Technicolor Way, and Make a Mess all having come from Exact Change and Jessica, C’est Noye, Peeping Tomette, and America from Chameleon – all given a new lease of life. The new additions – Chasing Love, and Tugboat fit in so naturally that you wouldn’t know that any of these songs were written over the last five years. There’s a certain timeless feel when listening to Victoria singing in full french on C’est Noye with such gorgeous string accompanyment harmonising throughout.

The 12 track opens with mouth trumpet over ukulele, followed by the familiar distinct dulcet tones of Victoria, singing an innuendo immersed tale of tugboats and rivers. Technicolor Way follows on with the low tones of Katie’s cello being plucked, underlying that “you brighten up the day.” As the song builds towards the bridge, the cello’s presence becomes thick and prominent, disappearing almost as soon as it came. Chasing Love is one of the newest additions, an instant favourite, and I absolutely adore the way the cello tugs at my heart as it feels like the tears and plead of chasing love – ‘why won’t it come to me?’

This is obviously a concious effort to put out a mixture of catchy melodies and self-aware analysis of the world we live in, mixed with subtle humour, from Oh I Wonder, a song questioning fidelity; admitting to watching people from the bushes in Peeping Tomette, and Mother Nature, which challenges us to make the change we need to see.

Mother Nature will always capture my heart. The reworking of the popular statement “Insanity: Doing it over and over again expecting different results”. It is in songs like this where Vox clearly knows why she’s writing. No longer just to share incites into love and living, but survival of the planet and the things that are important to her. Recycling, fuel efficiency, sustainability and life.

You can find out more about Victoria Vox at victoriavox.com or send her a twitter message at @victoriavox


Jon Barker