Julia Fordham

Julia Fordham

by Julia Fordham
     
 

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… See more details below

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1992
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0077778607427
catalogNumber:
7860742

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Album Credits

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
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
New West Horns   Contributor
Hugh Padgham   Engineer
Bill Padley   Programming,Producer,Engineer

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