Great artist, but this album...
barryinseattle | Seattle, WA | 03/02/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"...is my least favorite of hers to date. While some people appreciate the less-polished, more upfront character of this recording, I find it very disappointing because she is in such poor voice (for her) on this session. I agree with many others that Fordham's voice is a marvelous gift; but on these recordings she lacks much of silky depth - as well as accuracy - of her previous efforts. It sounds to me like not just a matter of studio production, but that her singing is simply not up to her usual heart-stopping standards. I'll stick with "Swept" and "Porcelain" for now - two recordings I treasure."
Julia's best: Intense lyrics, Edgy sound
Dane R. D'alessandro | Washington, DC | 02/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I love each of Julia's five recordings, "East West" is my favorite. Pairing up with producer Michael Brook was a smart move for Julia - the resulting sound is looser and edgier, capturing the spontaneity of her live performances. The songs here cover familiar ground (romantic relationships), but are distinguished by arrangements that amplify the emotional intensity of Julia's lyrics. There are at least three killer tracks: "Stay", "East West", and "More Than I Can Bear". (The Japanese CD ends with an 'bonus' accapella song "Goodbye I Love You" that is worth seeking out.) I didn't think she could top "Porcelain", but the consistency and intensity of this disc manages to do just that. Outstanding."
Great songs from a great lyricist. . .
Dane R. D'alessandro | 04/28/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found out about Julia Fordham from a friend about three years ago. The song was "Manhattan Skyline" and I fell in love. With her newest release, "East West", Julia Fordham once again proves that she is one of the best lyricists in popular music. If for nothing else, the CD is worth its purchase price just for the song "More Than I Can Bear." Not since Janis Ian's early 70s work has there been such a sweet tale of despair."