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Julie Christensen & Stone Cupid, Hit the Rocking World with Their New Album

The first song "The Cardinal" is a slow blues ballad written by Julie. {She seems to mention this guy again in her book "Stone Cupid: A Book of Words", in a section called "Park".}

"Shed my Skin" is about someone feeling edgy and trying to get away, {breakaway from their current environment, "Shed my Skin"} and go some place new. This song is a 'cover version' of the song originally performed by Dan Navarro.

The third song "Riverside", is about a women who buys a used car, and enters it into a demolition Derby in Riverside, Iowa. The song then talks about her girlfriend, and difficulties in the relationship, this is compared with the breaking up of the vehicles. This song was written by Julie, and Laura Curtis.

Following on from the previous song, this next song "Broken Wing" was also written by Julie, and Laura Curtis. It is about a women that remembers an old lover, and the fun, and sorrows they had.

The fifth song, "Girl in the Sky", is about a girl that walks a tight rope {lives on the edge of danger}. It was written by Amelia White. Every time I hear this I think of the new "Supergirl" television series. There is even a lyric that matches the Supergirl story, about learning to fly by leaping and then, giving it all up. "how you came to that leap of flight, and passed them by".

"Saint on a Chain" is a pulse pounding, track that starts off fairly slow, and steadily builds up until just before the end, where it quickly returns to the rhythm from the beginning of the song. It was written by Kevin Gordon. It is about a women that has lived in the same town all of her life. She then talks about her life, and how before her mother died, the woman was given her a silver necklace of Saint Christopher. The structure of the song is also similar to the song "Bat Out of Hell" by Meat Loaf, in how the songs speed up, and become more guitar driven. The stories also have a similar ending going too fast with a vehicle.

The next track, "No Mercy", was written by Julie, David Olney, and John Hadley. It begins by making comparisons of how the world works, and it is ran in a this is right and this is wrong manner. Julie in a post dated July 13, 2015, for her "Pledge Music" fund raising campaign for the album's release, said that this song "feels kind of like the stuff we used to do with Divine Horsemen."

The 8-track {sorry, I couldn't resist}, "Gasoline" was written by Julie Christensen. It talks about a person that works at a oil pumping station.

The next track "100 Floors", was also written by Julie. It is played as if she is the wife, or mother of a U.S. Civil War casualty. It talks about her pain, after hearing the news.

The 9th track, is a 'cover song' called "Would You Love Me?" originally written, and preformed by Charles Prophet. The song is about a women trying to makeup with her lover.

Moving on from the Blues/Jazz song, this next song, "Broken as I Am", written by Julie, drops the other shoe, and focuses on the Jazz elements, with wind instruments, and drums taking center stage with Julie's vocals. I like to think of this as a continuation of the "Saint on a Chain" story, with a vehicle accident that she is able to walk away from, but rather hurt and broken in several places, on her way home.

The final, main song on the album "Live and Not Die Trying", is also written by Julie. The song is about a singer that is trying to make a living at performing concerts. She talks about dreaming of being rich, but her aim at those dreams was never very good.

As a bonus track, there is a thirteenth bonus track. "Anthem", written and originally preformed by Leonard Cohen. This is a 'cover song', tribute to her previous recordings with Leonard Cohen. The song is a anti-war song, and explains that peace is only a fleeting thing. Like a Dove {bird of peace} that is caught and then manages to get free, and then is caught again.

The CD version of this album, as of January 2016, so far is, or was, only available at two places, first as a "Pledge Music", backer early release. To help raise money to promote and release the album. And at the official Stone Cupid webpage store hosted by the website "theconnextion".

* Besides the CD her "Pledge Music" store, had a digital version of the album, which had multiple digital PDF lyrics for each song. And two additional PDF images, the first with of both front and back covers, and the second image of the interior album information. They also offered printed lyric sheets from various Julie songs, autographed CD's, shirts with the "Cardinal" cover illustration, Julie's first book called "Stone Cupid: A Book of Words", and even perfume called "Stone Cupid", along with other exclusive backer based rewards. Part of the proceeds, 3% over the goal of "Pledge Music" goal, were also donated to the charity "Thistle Farms". The pledge drive resulted in reaching 103% of it's goal. The pledge drive lasted from May 13 to August 4, of 2015. The album was released for digital download on August 05, 2015, and the CD's were presumably released, and or shipped that day, and the following days.

* The ConneXtion, digital version of this album comes with the front cover image size of a width: 1628, and in height: 1471.

* Amazon digital version, has slightly larger mp3 files in size {less compression of the songs}, then the 'The Connextion' version, but still smaller then the 'Pledge Music' version. It only has the songs, which are placed in the second of two folders "Stone Cupid", and "The Cardinal". The first folder only contains, the second folder.

* iTunes digital version seems to have been released on January 24, the files sizes are slightly bigger then the ConneXtion, and Amazon versions, but the songs are in MPEG-4 format

For longer term Julie Christensen fans, this album brings Julie back to her earlier Rock N Roll roots. Her previous album "Weeds Like Us", hinted at this Rock direction, but it had more of a country and western feel to it.

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