JULIE DEXTER / “Look Who’s Got Ya Back”

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7 Responses to “JULIE DEXTER / “Look Who’s Got Ya Back””

rylan gregory Says:
January 15th, 2006 at 3:06 am

ah … cool to see Julie Dexter getting her due here. she is indeed in an elite class of independent nu soul singers … agree with the Fertile Ground analogy … amel larrieux also comes to mind, tho’ she may not be so independent, but soulful nonetheless (think “You Will Rise” with Sweetback)… if you get a chance take a listen to Julie Dexter on “The Plan” which came out on Main Squeeze a bit ago … every time I put that record on it still sounds fresh to me … IG Culture produced i believe …. peace.

Ms. Berry Says:
January 15th, 2006 at 12:56 pm

Ahhhh, Julie Dexter…I love the texture of her voice and the phrasing of her delivery. Ms. Honeysoul introduced me to the artist and I haven’t stopped paying her Conscious CD since I got it. I love her sound. Thanks for highlighting her.

viqifrench Says:
January 16th, 2006 at 7:48 am

I’ve been a Julie Dexter fan for many years. Her “Peace of Mind” CD was an instant, atmospheric classic for me. Her warm, delicate vocals immediately and magically sooth. The title track and the song “Burning” exude rare sensuality. There aren’t many tunes on here, but I considered each a polished gem.

That said, I was mildly disappointed with her next CD, Dexterity. Little grabbed me the same way; more tracks missed than hit me. “I Dream,” “How Long,” and “Moving On” recaptured the magic of the first CD, but much of the rest seemed crammed with words or suffering a lackluster hook.

I certainly haven’t given up on this pearl, though. A friend speaks highly of the CD you’ve reviewed, and so do you.

Having read your critique, I plan to explore her latest and may invest. If there’s more of the chill vibe from album #1, and less of the poetic frenzy of album #2, I’m sure I’ll love it.

jb Says:
January 17th, 2006 at 10:56 am

I agree with viqifrench, the Peace of Mind EP had me sold on Julie. I like her follow ups but nothing resonated like that EP. It’s truly extraordinary. “Never Will I marry” from the Perrier Jazz Vocalists comp is probably my favorite song by her though while “Look Who’s Got your Back” is probably my fav from Conscious. Great selection.

Qawi Says:
January 17th, 2006 at 3:43 pm

Thanks. I usually don’t comment on folks I don’t know about. But, in this case, with what you presented here, I’m sold. I tuned in to the BOL Jukebox and the songs ‘Like Ours’ and ‘Conscious’ are BEAUTIFUL — lyrically and musically. I don’t know why, but it sounds like Chante Moore is singing the background vocals on Conscious. Then I hear ‘Look Who’s Got Ya Back’ and am completely sold. I had to listen to it twice to take it all in. Who’da thunk that you guys would slip in a spiritual/inspirational song mixed with a 70’s style hook.

‘Makes Me Wanna Holla’ was a treat as well. The Reggae treatment was nice and shows her as a scat artist as well. I take it that she has the same obscurity of promotion like her bretheren Omar Lye-Fook (another Jamaican-born, UK Soul & Jazz artist).

deen Says:
January 19th, 2006 at 10:04 pm

I just want to give big ups to this site. Reading the reviews and comments left on this site totally make me realize about how much of a featherweight I am when it comes to music.

I wanted to comment on the Julie Dexter selections though. Like many others on this site I suppose, I heard the songs and had to express my feelings about them.

The song “Like ours” is beautiful, I felt like she has a powerful voice in the softer sense. Not many high notes or exaggerated notes like you hear from so many of the powerful R&B songstresses and crooners, but she has that old Billie Holiday effect on me where she literally raises the goosebumps on my arms and just sends me into euphoria.

I was definitely straddling the fence on whether or not to buy her album, but no longer, this one is definitely getting copped.

Anyway, Julie lives in Atlanta and it seems everyone I know has run across her, but I have yet to meet her or see her perform. Hopefully if I ever see her I can tell her about the site(even though she may already know or you guys may already know her)and spread the gospel about this site like I have spreading it to everyone I know.

The site is amazing.

Maybe you guys could cover Dwele next?

Allure1391 Says:
February 13th, 2007 at 10:27 am

Wow!! Julie Dexter she really got something different there. she is a bright light shinning and I’m really feeling her sound. Where have they been hiding her!

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