Who the hell is Juliet???!!! Hint: from fronting the pop/electronica band 1+1 with the radio hit "Cherry Bomb" (a Runaways re-make) in 2000, Juliet is now a solo artist transcending above typical pop sounds, coming out full force with her first CD release Random Order. With one clear and precise sentence to wrap up not only this artist but the entire album, "this girl/album is AMAZING!!."
Classifying or categorizing Juliet would be an injustice. She has a style, sound & artistry all her own, but for technical aspects, we'll put her in the rock/electronica realm ~sigh~. When was the last time any of us heard anything original from any artist? Sorry, The Click Five & Bowling for Soup don't count Here's your chance. Juliet was first introduced to us via her single Avalon, in which she displays style & flava that's I-N-F-E-C-T-I-O-U-S. Now with her new follow-up single (and video to match) Ride the Pain, Juliet not only shows her powerful rawness, sex appeal & groove but also an overall sense of complete originality, chemistry and charisma.
What about the rest of the CD ??? It far surpassed expectations, being that most artists these days can barely put one, or if we're lucky two, decent songs on a CD without consumers having to constantly hit the forward button in search of another good song. This CD is one of those rare finds where every track rocks, captures, moves and delivers. If her label can get it together with great strategy and marketing as well as a management team that can open up the major doors, i.e. radio, tv, print ads etc etc., then Juliet should be huge, and deservingly so. The album starts off with a song titled "Au," a driving song that displays Juliet's diversity and innate vocal presence. While starting off as a simplistic electronic sound with vocals that move with the flow, it has a nice, even build-up with a tasteful drum presence that sits on top and keeps the groove going. Avalon, the second track, needs no mention really. You know it! You love it! It was a great club hit. At this point you may even be wondering if all of the songs on this release sound the same, typical of many artist releases these days that don't seem to experiment or be creative. The answer is an emphatic, NO!!
Juliet brings it down with "New Shoes," a track that'll dig into your personal depths with emotional vocal intensity layered with a textured twinkle giving way to an impassioned chorus that will stop you in your tracks, all the while remaining in-da-groove. Juliet then turns right around with "Would You Mind," a song that you'll keep hitting the repeat button over and over. It flows and flows and flows. I'll only mention one other song, On the Dance Floor, as I don't want to give it all away like a bad movie trailer that shows all the good parts and then you're left with no surprises when you actually go see the film. On the Dance Floor is another one of those amazingly catchy songs that just never wants to leave your head. It's built on a bouncy bass/drum intro and progresses into a fun yet great club/dance feel. All in all, I have to say that my fav track though is the current single and video, Ride the Pain. She's hot. The song is hot. The video is hot. This single incorporates pure intensity on all levels at its best, i.e. vocally, musically & lyrically. Although not much money was funded into the making of this video, it doesn't even matter.