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MP3 Richard Julian - Girls Need Attention

Girls Need Attention, Richard Julian’s new album, is a musical atonement: vulnerable, honest, and painfully direct as it chronicles a break-up.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (35:55) !
Related styles: Pop: Folky Pop, Folk: Folk Pop, Type: Acoustic

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Recorded at Norah Jones’s home studio, Girls Need Attention features stellar accompaniment from Nels Cline (Wilco) on guitar, Jolie Holland on box fiddle, and Sasha Dobson on vocals. The backing band, who was “essentially paid in fine tequila”, says Julian, a self-professed food and drink aficionado, contains such luminaries as Lee Alexander (who also produced the album), Tim Luntzel (bass) and Dan Rieser (drums), and is sparingly augmented throughout with keyboards (Dred Scott), baritone guitar, (Steve Elliot) french horn (Louis Schwadron), tuba (Marcus Rojas), and bass clarinet (Doug Wieselman). This star-studded cast is nothing out of the ordinary for Julian, who has spent the last few years touring with the likes of Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Ritter, Roseanne Cash, and Suzanne Vega.

Girls Need Attention boasts many gems, including the Holland backed title track, which displays Julian’s gift for combining humor with pathos: “C’mon! And get your drunk ass up! / Don’t you know? / Girls need attention!” The gently rollicking yet heart-wrenching, “Lost In Your Light” is easily the most straight-ahead recording Julian has offered to date, and “Stained Glass,” another standout, highlights a swaggering and punchy vocal delivery about a memorable encounter with an ex and the hope for a second round. The scorching “Words” and the languid soundscape, “Window” prove memorable for the outstanding guitar and vocal work. The Randy Newman cover, “Wedding in Cherokee County”, is a remake that brilliantly displays where Julian and Newman musically converge and where they stylistically part.

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