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Julia Fordham ~ The Julia Fordham Collection
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Julia Fordham is a true undiscovered treasure. Blessed with an exceptional voice and golden pen, this lady has talent to burn. Read morePublished on July 23 2002 by A. Stan Davis
After all these years, I'm still amazed that Julia Fordham hasn't gotten the recognition she deserves. Read morePublished on June 19 2002 by Angela S.
Julia Fordham has yet to burst onto the popular "easy listening" scene in the US, and perhaps for those of us who adore her music it is just as well. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2002 by J. Rausch
I first heard Julia's "Killing Me Softly" on a retail store promo CD and instantly loved (and related to the song). Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2001 by susan morris
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... Read morePublished on June 26 2001
You cannot mistake this voice. It's lush, and jazzy and sometime soaked in misery. Other times its bouncy and full of light. Read morePublished on July 11 2000 by Collin Mitchell Kelley
It's time to get back to the studio, get that CD out and plan a small venue US tour. Your adoring fans are waiting. We need you back on the smooth-jazz play lists. Read morePublished on June 11 2000
The first time I saw Julia was on VH1 and it was for her Happy Ever After song, after I heard the song I went to the record store the next day and bought the tape. Read morePublished on May 27 2000
Julia Fordham never seizes to amaze me. I don't know any singer/songwriter who sings and writes songs with more passion and deep sadness consistenly than she does. Read morePublished on July 6 1999 by email@example.com