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Album Review

Jully Black, after more than a decade of struggle to break into the music industry, finally made a dent with This Is Me. As stated during the into, outro, and, well, the title, This Is Me is meant to be a personal record, one that reflects an inner Jully, the "real" side of her. Ultimately, it fails. This Is Me does bear the mark of Black, as she is credited as a writer on every track; however some tracks have up to six writers on them, which makes it seem as though her presence is ghostly. In addition, the album doesn't sparkle; This Is Me is bland R&B even in its stronger moments. There is no artistic showing on this album. Black sings fine, but even her vocals are dull and uninspiring. In a time period when R&B is all about the retro and samples and guest vocalists, Black remains stuck in a no-man's land singing about nothing, really. At its best moments — "Sweat of Your Brow," a mildly infectious dance track, and "Calling You" — there are tinges of reggae, but not nearly enough to credit Black with trying to put reggae on her album. The better portion of this album is so forgettable, and so insipid and sappy, that it's nearly unlistenable in one sitting. What is the saddest part of the disc, though, is that Black insists that this is her; that this is her as a singer, a person, and an artist. If this is her as an artist, then Black isn't much of an artist at all. There is a smidge of potential that scrapes through, but the casual listener might not even pick up on it and decide to stand by her. Better luck to Jully Black during her next swing at bat.

Customer Reviews

Jully Black

Jully Black is an amazing performer and one of Canada's (many) underrated talents. Her songs flow beautifully. "Free to Love Me" and "5X Love" flow like light saturday afternoon songs. "Hurt U Bad" and "The Things You Do" are heavy hitting, each being perfect break up songs. "Lovin You" is a wonderful ballad, that is slow and sexy without being sappy. "Living In The Ghetto" is one of my favourites. It describes the harsh truth of a living environment that no one has the right to judge. All in all, a very good album.

Wow..

Jully Black...cannot express how great her music is. You will not be dissapointed, her voice is absolutely riveting. One of Canada's finest, I dont even really like R&B, but she is seriously making me doubt if thats even true. You will love it, one listen to "I Travelled" will absolutely make you melt. Magnificent!

OMG !

I thought that that album would s*ck , really I don't know why ! But now listening to it , I think it's pretty good . It's not the CD you would listen to all over again , but still it's great . Three Stars 4 dat . Muzik_Quiin

Biography

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

First appearing on the Canadian pop charts in 1998 with the single "Rally'n," Jully Black (born Jully Ann Inderia Gordon in Toronto in November 1977) had a few false starts before getting some career consistency that would find her back on the charts in 2007. A songwriter who found her work being scooped up by a varied array of pop music luminaries, such as Destiny's Child and Nas, she also found herself sharing stages with an even more varied group, ranging from Usher to Bon Jovi to Jay-Z. After...
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This Is Me, Jully Black
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jun 21, 2005

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