Pros: Julie's vocal acumen and excellent song writing.
Cons: Over engineered in some places.
The Bottom Line: All things considered I love It's About Time, and I am glad I bought it without really knowing what I was getting myself in to.
Original Release Date: April 20, 1999 Genre: Contemporary Country Label: Virgin Records U.S. Number of Discs: (1)
My spouse often asks me what it is I enjoy about Country Music. I could go on and on about the effect it has on my heart, mind, and soul, but that would fill up a page or two, so I guess the short answer is that it reminds me of how good music can be when a room full of musicians sit down to play and sing from their hearts. In this strange new world where Brittany Spears, Jessica & Ashley Simpson, The Pussycat Dolls, Jay Z, Eminem etc., do and have pass as lyrical musical artists, I find comfort in Country because it seems a little more real, and a little less like it was manufactured on an assembly line.
The music is performed by real artists, with real instruments, singing about the stuff of life; the emotional stuff that can make me smile or cry. It moves me, it transports me, it touches my soul, it makes me feel, and can make me weep that to me is what music is supposed to be about, touching the human soul.
That is what then 25-year-old Julie Reeves debut CD, Its About Time (1999) does for me; the more I listen the more I fall in love with her sultry alto voice and those jet black curly locks! Even aver seven years! With a voice as deep, vibrant, and powerful as the Mississippi River, and as rich and genuine as any to come out of Nashville in recent memory, ex-demo tape extra Julie Reeves has released an outstanding CD in Its About Time that harkens back to traditional Country & Western while breaking new ground on the contemporary Country & Western music scene.
The first time I laid eyes and ears on Ms. Reeves, she was dressed in green (ack!), and her long flowing locks of hair danced around her oval face as if they had a life of their own. She was on GAC performing the title track from her CD, Its About Time (track No. 7). The video had Julie lying somewhat suggestively on a bed, a perfect venue for the song she sung in a semi-deep sultry voice, which invited me to listen intently. Hers is a voice laced with a Southern draw that is hard to resist, because it speaks to me, as if I were the only one meant to hear it. The track Its About Time is playful, light-hearted and showcases the contemporary side of the CD.
The second release from the CD, the half-spoken half-sung, Trouble is a Woman is the first rack on the CD. It starts out loud and fast, and never slows down to allow you to catch your breath. Julies voice wraps around the words of this song and belts them out at a cadence that begs you to sing along, get involved, have some fun!
The next track Do You Think About Me is vintage Country complete with fiddle, steel guitar, and plenty of twang! A toe taping mellow piece, Julie seems at home and her voice never gets lost in the background of the music as it does on other tracks of the CD.
If you are familiar with my music reviews, then you know that I am a sucker for the slow tracks, and this CD is no exception. Julies voice is most at home singing ballads; the highs are clear and crisp, though the lows sometime get lost in the background music. But the overall effect is undeniably emotional. Track No. 6, You Were A Mountain, is one of my favorites on the CD because it appeals to the poet in me. The lyrics are rich in metaphoric symbolism and imagery, and Julie as she often does, drew me in and allowed me to feel the deep emotion an unconditional love can cause the heart to feel.
Another favorite is track No. 8, If I Never loved You, in which Julies voice seems to float from word to word as if on an invisible stream of crystal clear water. The richness of her voice combined with the softness of the fiddle and acoustic guitar in the background sends chills straight to my soul; my God this is music the way it was meant to be! The song reminds me so much of the relationship my wife and I share, in which our feelings for one another run deeper than mere words can express; its right and real, and makes us better people than we would be alone.
The last track on the CD, If Heartaches had Wings is a classic Country tearjerker. The imagery it invokes of a ramshackle house on a dead-end street, a husband with bear cans piled around him asleep on the couch, unaware and uncaring about the wife that scarifies everything for the sake of her family, is the stuff of Country music. Julia invites us in and asks that we share and empathize with this woman whose dreams lay shattered like so much glass upon a ruined floor
All things considered I love this CD, and I am glad I bought it without really knowing what I was getting myself in to. Like Martina McBride, Julie Reeves should have been destined to be known for the rich, deep quality of her voice and the emotional impact it can have on the listener. But unfortunately It's About Time was her first and last album to date. When is the comeback CD? Please, bring it on!
1. Trouble Is A Woman 2. Do You Think About Me 3. Party Down 4. What I Need 5. All or Nothing 6. You Were A Mountain 7. It's About Time 8. If I'd Never Loved You 9. Whatever 10. He Keeps Me In One Place 11. What You Get Is What You See 12. If Heartaches Had Wings
Great Music to Play While: Driving
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All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology. Song List: Disc 1 1. Trouble Is a Woman 2. Do You Think About Me 3. Party Down 4. What I Need 5. All or Nothing 6. You Were a Mountain 7. It's About Time 8. If I'd Never Loved You 9. Whatever 10. He Keeps Me in One Piece 11. What You Get Is What You See 12. If Heartaches Had Wings