I actually searched around and found and played this somewhat recent CD, by Julianna Raye on Friday. A little bit too sensual for my tastes on the first track at least, but the overall feel is very nice and relaxing and seems to really fit her style. Seems very natural. I'm actually playing it again right now, you'll see why when you play it, it's very very relaxing and enjoyable. Not produced by Jeff, but very good.
Post by queenofthehours on Jun 29, 2015 16:14:10 GMT
Limbo – One of my favourite opening tracks of any album ever. I don’t really want to keep mentioning Jeff as it’s not fair to Julianna but his production style really does suit her work. This always reminds me, because of the guitar, of ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’ which is no bad thing! The little guitar solo past the half way mark is pure Jeff.
I'll Get You Back – An excellent song, another favourite although nothing like anything ELO would have come up with. This proves Jeff CAN produce another artist and let their own style come through – despite what his critics say.
Tell Me I'm Alright – This sounds how I’d imagine (and hope) Jeff’s new album would sound. A bit of a Wilbury tone here in the music as well as some Orbison sounds.
Taking Steps – Some lovely Tandy piano – how come we never got anything this beautiful with ELO? Such a shame we can only imagine what their music would be like in the 90s only through another artist – an excellent artist I might add!
Peach Window – One of my favourites on an album of favourites. Reminds me again of Petty and is perfect in every way. I love what Jeff’s done with the backing vocals and the drumming is excellent. Some nice Jeff-style guitar here too.
Something Peculiar - I love Phil’s drums here. Something I hadn’t thought about until now was Jeff’s bass work which is noticeable here. Great production on this track and I really love Julianna’s voice – she never shows off as some female vocalists are wont to do
Roses – Ah, Jim Horn’s sax. Probably the rockiest track so far. Nice and upbeat. Again great production, guitar and drums.
Laughing Wild – Lovely song with some typical Lynne chord changes.
In My Time – A little bit folky this one, perhaps due to Julianna’s versatile voice and the acoustic guitar.
My Tribe – Another big favourite. It does sound a little something like Petty in the production. I especially love the way Jeff lets the track breath. Very tasteful guitar.
Nicola – More lovely Tandy piano; such a lovely song.
Wandering Soldier – Another lovely song, proving not only that Julianna can sing anything and write great songs but also that Jeff isn’t capable only of producing upbeat pop songs.
This album makes you feel better for having heard it.
It's as good a production job as Jeff has done for Cloud Nine yet is virtually unknown to the wider public! Julianna should be more well known but at least choosing an excellent producer has made her name known to the ELO world. She could easily front a female version of ELO.
I dislike none of these tracks. The vocals and music are all perfect and have hardly dated at all. Julianna reminds me very much of Tom Petty in many ways other than the Jeff connection.
It's comforting to see familiar names here like Phil Jones, Richard Dodd and especially Richard Tandy. The inclusion of Jim Horn and Mike Campbell also mark this album out as being from Jeff’s greatest phase of creativity. None of the songs outstay their welcome, there is no showing off from anyone - not even the main artist. Julianna has certainly picked the right team to showcase her talent.
Horacewimp: I did, it sounds interesting
Aug 30, 2020 7:27:36 GMT
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