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CD REVIEW: Judithstar* - Fossils - 4 song EP
By Eliot Popkin - 12/24/2001 - 04:43 PM EST

Artist: Judithstar*
Album: Fossils - 4 song EP
CD Review: Judithstar* - Fossils - 4 song EP

Oooohhhh who does this sound like? I actually don't know, and I don't care. This voice just wraps you in within the first 30 seconds. One of my favorite things about this music is that it breathes. You can hear the groove, you can feel the groove and you don't lose sight of it all through the opener of "Fossils." "It all just depends where you stand, take me as I am" Tracy sighs on "Fossils." It seems my common complaint with these reviews is going to be "WHERE ARE THE LYRICS?!?!" C'mon. When the music is this good, there is just no reason to leave out the lyrics. That's my pet peeve. This is the type of band that you just know is even better live. Hats off to Brett who handles the keyboards and the arrangements are sparse and gorgeous.

The second song "Always In Trouble" is a bit more of a full sound, complete with bass and drums. Tracy's voice is the type to make you want to hear more. Sometimes you wish she would just scream a note out there, and yet she never does. It's that innocence and beauty you hear in Leigh Nash's voice from Sixpence None The Richer and Natalie Imbruglia. "Ever So", the third track, continues along the same full band sound as the previous. I would suggest that the band frame their hooks a bit stronger, as the "ever so clear, ever so nice, ever so clear" is a bit drowned out arrangement-wise and energy-wise.

Lastly, the 4 song EP closes with "Dirty Feet" a slow jazzy burning number. There is a good 3 second pause in the middle of this song. I LOVE IT. One thing musicians never use enough of is silence, and this song just breathes and breathes. I think the band is ready for more of a professional CD jacket and presentation. It doesn't really fit the high quality of the music inside. Overall, this is a fresh, engaging sound and hats off to the band for a fine debut. Keep up the good work!

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