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Girls Need Attention
     

Girls Need Attention

by Richard Julian
 
On his sixth album, Richard Julian proves that you can say more in a whisper than you can with a shout. Like its predecessor, 2008's Sunday Morning in Saturday's Shoes, Girls Need Attention is a sparsely produced affair, centering on Julian's acoustic guitar and husky croon, adding other elements only as needed. When

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On his sixth album, Richard Julian proves that you can say more in a whisper than you can with a shout. Like its predecessor, 2008's Sunday Morning in Saturday's Shoes, Girls Need Attention is a sparsely produced affair, centering on Julian's acoustic guitar and husky croon, adding other elements only as needed. When the barbed-wire guitar licks of Wilco's Nels Cline crop up on the incisive "Words," for instance, it's a sound that's essential to the feel of the tune, not just some overdubbed afterthought. And while the dynamic is mostly a low-key one throughout the album, Julian's trenchant songcraft can turn even the most ostensibly unassuming ballad into a weapon of mass destruction. A perfect example is "World We Made," where the pretty melody and placid feel are undercut at key moments by a subtle-but-stark evocation of emotional turmoil, matched at those same points by discordant turns in the harmonic structure. The album's lone cover tune -- in fact, the first one Julian has ever recorded -- suggests a stylistic lineage as it tips a hat to the original master of subtly sardonic songwriting; Julian gives Randy Newman's hilariously tragic tale "A Wedding in Cherokee County" a perfectly deadpan reading with a rootsy guitar-and-fiddle setting that's actually closer to the milieu of its backwoods characters than Newman's piano-led original. Of course, it's not all sneaky subversion -- tunes like the opening cut, "Window," for example, are dreamy swirls of images that tickle the cerebral cortex even as they connect a straight line to the soul, in the way that some of Paul Simon's more stream-of-consciousness latter-day songs might.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2010
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397453729
catalogNumber:
4537
Rank:
290054

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Performance Credits

Richard Julian   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,6-string Banjo,Guitar (Resonator)
Nels Cline   Electric Guitar
Steve Elliott   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Dan Rieser   Percussion,Drums,Pandeiro
Marcus Rojas   Tuba,Rubab
Doug Wieselman   Bass Clarinet
Jolie Holland   Background Vocals
Tim Luntzel   Electric Bass
Sasha Dobson   Vocals
Louis Schwadron   French Horn
Lee Alexander   Electric Bass,Omnichord,Pump Organ
Dred Scott   Melodica,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Randy Newman   Composer
Richard Julian   Composer
Tom Schick   Engineer
Matt Marinelli   Engineer
Lee Alexander   Producer,Engineer

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