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Julia Free


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Folky pop

Status:

Most recent release, Turn The Soil (2009)

See also:

Julia Free's MySpace page

Julia Free's CDBaby page

Comparisons:

Sheryl Crow, Tasmin Archer

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Julia Free's music seems carefree and sunny, but it has hidden depths. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

Turn The Soil

Recordings:


Strange Case of Euphoria

Release info:

2007—Eva-O Records

Availability:

See Julia Free's CDBaby page

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Julia Free—vocals, keyboards

Guest artists:

Stevie Natale—guitars
Frank Barone—guitar, mandolin
Spike Marlin—bass
Berligh Drumond—drums

Produced by:

Spike Marlin

Comments:

Julia Free's debut is a poppy record with some strong songs like the catchy "Girl I know". She's not doing anything very new, but she's doing something very appealing. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Turn The Soil

Release info:

2009—Eva-O Music

Availability:

See Julia Free's CDBaby page

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Julia Free—vocals, Steinway grand piano, Kurzweil, backing vocals

Guest artists:

Tim Jessup—acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, mandolin, digital keyboards, percussion, string arrangements, backing vocals
Jenn—acoustic guitar, bass, backing vocals
Ben—electric rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Rich Bowen—lead guitar
Mark Thomas—lead guitar
Steve Shannon—drums

Produced by:

Tim Jessup with Julia Free

Comments:

Julia Free's second album seems more assured than her debut, though she's revisiting some of the songs from her debut. The arrangements are fuller without drowning the songs. "Turn the soil" is a song that benefits from its new suit, being a strong observation on today's world. "Shattered" is one of the new songs, and it's subtle and moving. She has a beautiful voice and it's at its best here. "No Special love" is another new song and it's slow and sweet, Free's vocals teasing out the beat of the melody. This really is a fine album. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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