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Julia Fordham-East West (Virgin)

It's been eight years since Julia Fordham's terrific debut album and six since her masterpiece, the brilliant torch song series Porcelain. In that time, Fordham has kept a pretty low profile, releasing two more albums that never quite caught the spark of the first two.

With her latest, East West, Fordham has gone back to basics, removing much of the jazzy sheen of her earlier work and replacing it with a more folk based feel.

The surprise is, this stripping down does have the desired effect, it returns a lot of the awe of earlier tracks.

The album starts off on solid footing, with the gorgeous love song "Killing Me Slowly." Even when she ventures into jazzy areas she might have explored earlier, like on "Stay," the music is gentler and subtler than she may have done previously.

Fordham has always had a brilliant voice, and by letting it shoulder a little more of the burden on this album she has resurrected her promise. (10/97)

Jay S. Jacobs

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