Published: Friday, 05 December 2014 07:00
This is one album that has been on the back-burner since it's re-release last year... one that I haven't gotten around to, because, well quite frankly a new Julian Lennon album doesn't scream "must listen" to me. So much to Julian's dis-pleasure, I finally try on his latest pair or jeans.
Upon listening, I can hear two things happening. The first is actually quite important, as the songs on this album are very clearly mature in nature, often deep in thought, reminiscing, reflection, loss, where the hell am I in this world, what matters, who matters, why do things matter, is matter subjective, are subjects reflective or am I all alone in this? Pretty much stock standard Julian Lennon. Listen to "Saltwater" after this album for lack of contrast.
The second, is that this album is just short of being really good. That is the surprise. I didn't want to hate it before I put it on, but with all reviews, you go in as a blank canvas. It's certainly still not a must-listen album, but if you eventually get to it, then rest assured you might find something in this album that will keep you listening. For me, "Just For You" felt like the only song close to a potentially contemporary hit, unlike "Someday" which was the first single that features Steven Tyler, and didn't do anything for me. "Invisible" is nice except the backing vocals are way too thin and perhaps a different lyric for that part would have been better suited. I did feel some of these songs had too much repetition of chorus and sections as if Julian had been listening to Oasis while writing this album. And that is the nail in the door, not quite enough jump and diversity. To retract on that slightly, at least the instrumentation and choice of instrumentation more precisely are great.
As mentioned, "Just For You" has a lot of interesting elements and diversity to keep the song moving along, and the percieved dynamics of the song are quite good.
So yeah, nah, yeah, maybe. 5/10