Julie Christmas
The Bad Wife


4.5
superb

Review

by Maniac USER (21 Reviews)
November 9th, 2010 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Julie Christmas brings her most diverse and emotional performances to date into a well structured bundle of audible pleasure.

I'm no stranger to Julie Christmas, in fact, I have obtained virtually all of her published material (even her guest vox for Mouth of the Architect). Needless to say, I was writhing in anxiety for her solo debut. It has been several months since the release of her single "If You Go Away" and I have been pondering what direction she would take for The Bad Wife. I asked myself if the whole album would be the lighter side of Julie Christmas like "If You Go Away". Maybe she will play around with the sludge and doom from her previous work in Battle of Mice. Or is she going to revert to the noise rock found with Made Out of Babies. So what has she done?

All of it

With The Bad Wife Julie has brought all of her previous influences and more to the table. The album manages to feel like a complete album despite the genre, mood, and atmosphere changes throughout. Now as much as I love her signature shrieks and screams, I have to say that I am glad she didn't shout her way through the album. In tracks like "Secrets All Men Keep" and "A Wigmaker's Widow" she shows that she can really sing. She isn't exactly a technical singer, but she is a master at conveying her heart wrenching emotional conflicts in a pleasing manner.

I somewhat expected to hear a mixture of some of her previous works here, but I was pleasantly surprised by some songs that were unusual for her. My main example is "I Just Destroyed the World", which features Julie singing over an airy and atmospheric electronic backing. She starts singing quite nicely while building the song into a tense and heartbreaking experience. The song, however, is somewhat held back by the fact that it is only two minutes long. Given a couple more minutes, the song could have become much more by allowing the song to progress into a bigger climax. As slightly disappointing as it may be, it stands alone as an obvious flaw on the album.

With The Bad Wife , Julie Christmas has made a point. The point being that she is doing things that nobody else is. She has become more than just a metal vocalist. She is covering more musical territory than any other female vocalist has in a very long time.



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Ire
November 9th 2010


41828 Comments


hahahaha

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Trying to fix formatting, but my edit page won't load :/

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh, yea.

I fived it

DonniSharK
November 9th 2010


466 Comments


Maniac giving a Julie Christmas related piece of music a 5? Oh deary, haven't seen this before.

But I agree. Fantastic album (:!

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2010


24098 Comments


Great review. I've never heard of any of those bands mentioned, what genre would you call this?

Digging: Mitski - bury me at makeout creek

DonniSharK
November 9th 2010


466 Comments


This is experimental metal with sludge tendencies. Basically.

ConsiderPhlebas
November 9th 2010


6157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Shit sounds awesome

Counterfeit
November 9th 2010


17819 Comments


I HATE ALL
of my frienddsss
THEYY ALLLL LACK TASSSTTTEEEE
SOMETIMEESSSS

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Get on this now feit

Counterfeit
November 9th 2010


17819 Comments


will do

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2010


7321 Comments


Solid review, and pretty well-written (pos). That said, I have this nagging feeling that the ideas are not as well fleshed-out as they could have been. Maybe give this another analytical pass?

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks, I appreciate the pos and advice. I'll go through it later and see if I can fix it up a bit.

DoubtGin
November 9th 2010


6754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

fuck yes

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I concur

Inveigh
November 9th 2010


25201 Comments


nice review man. though I would like a bit more detail as to why this is a classic

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

TheStig
November 9th 2010


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos. Good review, great album. Glad it's FINALLY out!

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I haven't decided if I'll knock it down to 4.5 or not yet

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2010


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no way

BigHans
November 9th 2010


26454 Comments


getting better Brandon, but lol at rating. That said, I havent heard it.

Maniac!
November 9th 2010


26257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ok I can't justify the 5, I changed it.



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