Julie Christmas
The Bad Wife


4.5
superb

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
November 9th, 2010 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Merry Xmas.

Christmas is coming early this year.

This is because Julie Christmas, enigmatic (and oh so female) vocalist for both Made Out of Babies and the defunct Battle of Mice is releasing her first solo album, entitled The Bad Wife.

Though she's always been characteristically schizoid, Julie spreads her wings even further when she goes solo. Working with members from labelmates Spylacopa and Candiria gradually strays away from the hardcore punk stylings of Made Out of Babies and even further from the Neurosis-worship of Battle of Mice, Julie smooths down her rough edges into creepy sludge lite. Her versatility is outstanding as she slips easily from an oily cover of pop standard "If You Go Away" to the droning and bass-heavy "Six Pairs of Feet and One Pair of Legs". Tracks like "Secrets All Men Keep (Salt Bridge Part II)" and electronica-laden "I Just Destroyed the World" can even be called ballads. Julie's voice transitions from her trademark whispery singing to lengthy yells to littl-girl whining and back again, often within a single track. It's eerie how this album floats so easily from alt rock to funk metal to sludge and back.

Eerie is actually a perfect word to describe The Bad Wife, and Julie Christmas in general. Every one of the nine tracks puts you on edge. Something about Julie's anthropomorphic voice, accompanied by everything from accordion ("A Wigmaker's Widow") to droning sludge metal, creates a sonic tension taut enough to be plucked like a sitar string. It's not exactly disgusting nails-on-chalkboard cacophony, but it'll definitely raise some neck hairs.

Yes, Julie's a little cuckoo, and this album is definitely lighter than her previous work, but she can still throw punches with the big boys. The Bad Wife has its heavy points, quite adequately heavy indeed. However, it's less of a Cryptopsy heavy and more of a Sunn O))) heavy. In case this comparison is unclear, the heavy present on this album is more a certain thickness, a weight, as opposed to machine-gun drop-D riffage. Plus, the jagged melodies present create wonderful contrast, proving that our J.C. is comfortable vocalizing every which way.

So a hearty, distorted "Merry Christmas" to all.

And hey, there's cake.



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ShadowRemains
November 9th 2010


21364 Comments


album is great

she's hot as well

ThyCrossAwaits
November 9th 2010


3058 Comments


Indeed sir.

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Ire
November 9th 2010


41822 Comments


she hawt

DonniSharK
November 9th 2010


466 Comments


Great review. Was never a fan of Made Out Of Babies but I thought Spylacopa and Battle Of Mice were excellent.

ThyCrossAwaits
November 9th 2010


3058 Comments


Battle of Mice is sooooo good.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2010


7318 Comments


Solid review mate. Pos.

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SymbolicActs
November 9th 2010


62 Comments


I've been aware of her other bands for some time now, though I've never really given them a proper listen. Will listen, as I like what I'm hearing on this so far.



Pos'd

DonniSharK
November 9th 2010


466 Comments


@ThyCross - You mean were. They split up.

ThyCrossAwaits
November 9th 2010


3058 Comments


well ya, I meant Day of Nights specifically

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Fuck you I wanted to be the first review :[

ThyCrossAwaits
November 9th 2010


3058 Comments


I was waiting in the dark to strike.

ThyCrossAwaits
November 9th 2010


3058 Comments


And you're getting more attention so :P

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Only one way to be sure

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I do.


Trust me you'll love it.


Youtube " If You Go Away" and if you like that, get the album.

ThyCrossAwaits
November 9th 2010


3058 Comments


that other guy that wrote a review is correct.

that's a really awesome cover btw.

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Everything she touches is gold


except spylacopa (see my review for my opinions on that ;])

BallsToTheWall
November 9th 2010


44805 Comments


Good album. Probaly a 3.4.

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Thakey91
November 10th 2010


35 Comments


holy shit this is good!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2010


7433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this singer. Reminds me a bit of Alanis Morissette.

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Jethro42
December 13th 2010


12550 Comments


Yeah^ a mix of Alanis Morissette and Heather Nova, based on the 1st track I just heard.



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