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  • Audio CD (Dec 17 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B00000GAX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Happy Ever After (Rain Forrest Mix)
2. Where Does The Time Go? ('98 Version)
3. Manhattan Skyline
4. Lock And Key
5. Porcelain
6. Girlfriend
7. Falling Forward
8. I Can't Help Myself
9. I Thought It Was You
10. East West
11. Killing Me Slowly
12. Kid
13. It Was Nothing That You Said
14. (Love Moves In) Mysterious Ways
15. Happy Ever After

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Julia Fordham's "Collection" spans her first ten years as a renowned singer, like many for whom subtlety is her greatest virtue, went all but unrecognized in America. When her first album was released in 1988, critics clamored over its honesty and purity, and many compared her voice favorably to Annie Lennox and Anita Baker. The song "Happy Ever After" became an international hit and the video established Julia in America as a singer songwriter to watch.
Her second (and best) album, "Porcelain," continued in that vein, including another near hit in "Manhattan Skyline." It was during this tour that I saw her twice, one of those a showcase at the top of the World Trade Center where the audience included such admirers as Sting. Her vocal and expressive talents on stage won over a signifigant following, but despite some heavy muscle on behalf of her record company, the album only sold a modest amount. When the third album was being prepared, Julia recorded her first outside song, "Love Moves In Mysterious Ways." A great ballad written by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford of "Footloose" fame and produced by Peter Asher (then riding high as a producer of Joe Jackson and 10,000 Maniacs), it was attached to the movie "The Fisherman's Wife." It was supposed to be the song that would lift Julia's "Swept" off the launch pad and make her an American Star. But when "Fisherman's Wife" failed to lure in movie goers and the song disappeared, it also seemed like Julia's record company lost interest.
That left the very good "Falling Forward" and introspective "East West" albums to fend for themselves. As the songs here from those two discs suggest, both are worthy albums.
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As an introduction to the late '80s/early '90s female singer/songwriters, this album surpasses everything that rivals it. Whilst it has all of the literacy and beauty that sets most female singer/songwriters apart from the often childish radio "love songs" and the vulgar rap and grunge of teenage radio, it does not possess the difficult themes of many other female singer/songwriters. Indeed, this absence of "mysterious" elements makes Fordham the most "traditional" of her era's singer/songwriters.
Yet, her beautiful, though often painful, voice and unmistakable sense of melody is just delightful to listen to throughout the album, and despite the fact that the lyrical themes are fairly easy to understand, they lack nothing in depth. Fordham's writing has a wonderful sense of capturing the difficulties of unrequited love, and she has such a beautiful voice that none of the songs fail to come home with precision. Her lyrics are always so heartfelt (even if they are often quite sad, even despairing in tone) that one can always identify with the characters in her songs in a way one cannot with most modern singer/songwriters and their often otherworldly themes.
The highlights of the album include the incredibly beautiful and literate "Porcelain", the extremely spare but wonderful "Lock and Key" and "Manhattan Skyline", the later gem "East West", and the movie theme "(Love Moves In) Mysterious Ways", which, though the only song on the album Fordham did not write, is just as great as the other songs on the album and adds diversity with its piano and rocking guitar. Almost as impressive are the incredibly sad "I Can't Help Myself" and "Happy Ever After" (which was her only entry onto the Australian charts - though it only reached #83) with its African rhythms.
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By A Customer on June 26 2001
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I stumbled upon this cd on the listening section at Border's bookstore nearby. I take a quick listen and suddenly after a the first 30 seconds of Happy Ever After, I just decided to buy it! It was a treasure to listen to the voice that sings the soul. Pure and tender, tragic and loving, all in the same breath.
What is it that grasps me? The "IT" thing that just click, the feeling that it is going to be my favorite tune for a long time.
Now I am living in another country and I have enjoyed the company of Julia whenever I drive my car and the darkness of the road is passing me by. I once whistled the Happy Ever After tune and my colleague (a girl) just jumped and asked me where I got it. Funny that she was the third persons who acknowledge the tune, considering in this far country nobody play her record on air.
How could they know? I ended up copying the cd for her since there is no copy in the local record stores to be found. What is it about her that really moves the girls? The sincerity, the voice, the tales and of course the remarkable passion that put her in the hearts.
Too bad not much information about her exist, nor the fact that most critics don't even like her. Whatever it is, the truth is always be with the faithful listeners. Like somebody once said, if heaven does exist, there must be angels with a voice like Julia's.
Enjoy!
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Before this CD, I had never heard of Fordham's music. However, I accidentally came across this CD and I was immediately entralled by Forham's music. This CD is a snapshot of life -- Fordham paints for us the vignettes of life through these 15 tracks. She neither hides the pain or the joys or the complexities of life.
For instance, she sings about the complexities of a relationship in "Girlfriend." "Girlfriend" is a cheating song told from the viewpoint of the other woman. You can hear the intensity of the pain of this tune through Fordham's lower registered smokey vocals.
On the other hand, she celebrates the joys of falling in love in "Falling Forward." "It Was Nothing You Said" is Fordham's tip on how to maintain a vital relationship. "Kid," a brand new track recorded for this CD, is an exhortation to teenagers to be themselves and not to succumb to peer pressure.
Fordham takes the time to paint these vignettes of life with great care. "Mahattan Skyline" is nothing short of breathtaking when you can almost "see" the song personified as she paints it for us through her voice. "Porcelain" and "Lock and Key" are other examples of how Fordham demonstrates that she's a great crafter of words and images.
"Love Moves in Mysterious Ways," a lush power ballad, puts Fordham in the league of superstars like Whitney Houston or Celine Dion. "Where Does the Time Go" is another example of a more commercial pop ballad. Curtis Stigers in fact, complements Fordham very well.
Most of these tracks are written by Fordham. Unlike other songwriter-singers' albums, Fordham deals with a great variety of issues performed over a variety of tempoes. One thing is for sure -- these songs were not penned overnight, they are testaments of a poet who has lived and experienced the joys and pain of life.
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