Julia Fordham

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Critics were bothered by her cherry-picked appropriations of exotic musical elements (a casual nod to South Africa here, an incongruous incursion of Spanish guitar there) and the ultimately cold nature of what seemed on the surface to be lush and warm instrumental arrangements. More casual listeners probably had the hardest time getting past her voice, which was obviously pretty in a way and yet startlingly deep and dark-hued, and also her tendency to reach beyond her range, as on the unattractively screechy bridge of "Comfort of Strangers." But you get used to the voice within a few tracks and you start getting sucked into those jazzily complex and impeccably produced ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Critics were bothered by her cherry-picked appropriations of exotic musical elements (a casual nod to South Africa here, an incongruous incursion of Spanish guitar there) and the ultimately cold nature of what seemed on the surface to be lush and warm instrumental arrangements. More casual listeners probably had the hardest time getting past her voice, which was obviously pretty in a way and yet startlingly deep and dark-hued, and also her tendency to reach beyond her range, as on the unattractively screechy bridge of "Comfort of Strangers." But you get used to the voice within a few tracks and you start getting sucked into those jazzily complex and impeccably produced arrangements. If she fails to hit the high notes on "Few Too Many," it's easy to ignore that fact and pay attention to the music itself, which is lovely. Her chief limitation, though, is not her singing; it's her unsettling inability to sing a love song convincingly. "Invisible War" is supposed to be regretful, but it comes out sounding analytical; "My Lover's Keeper" is supposed to sound supplicating (or something), but it comes out sounding dispassionately puzzled. And as for "Woman of the '80s," please -- it's just a bit hard to take her seriously as an emotional casualty of feminism (nice chorus, though). Only on the nakedly sad and borderline metaphysical "Where Does the Time Go?" does she seem to let listeners into her actual feelings. Porcelain, her follow-up, was more engaging.
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  • Release Date: 6/29/1992
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 077778607427
  • Catalog Number: 7860742

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Performance Credits
Julia Fordham Primary Artist, Vocals
Omar Hakim Drums
Caron Wheeler Vocals
Robin Clark Vocals
Afrodiziak Vocals
Carlos Alomar Guitar
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Michael Cozzi Guitar
Claudia Fontaine Vocals
Antonio Forcione Guitar
Angie Giles Vocals
Luis Jardim Percussion
Robbie Kondor Keyboards
Noel Langley Flute, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tony Levin Bass
Joe Mardin Conductor
Grant Mitchell Keyboards, Vocals
The New West Horns Horn, Ensemble
John O'Kane Bass, Vocals
Naomi Osbourne Vocals
Bill Padley Vocals
David Palmer Bass, Cello, Drums, Stick
Dave Sinclair Bass, Cello, Stick
Ashley Slater Trombone
Andy Snitzer Saxophone
Taj Wyzgowski Guitar
David Sinclair Bass, Cello, Stick
Technical Credits
Julia Fordham Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Grant Mitchell Arranger, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
The New West Horns Contributor
Hugh Padgham Engineer
Bill Padley Programming, Producer, Engineer
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