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Terra Incognita [CD]

Juliette Lewis, Juliette Lewis Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (14 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B002IRB9SU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro - 1:01
2. Noche Sin Fin - 4:08
3. Terra Incognita - 3:23
4. Hard Lovin' Woman - 4:54
5. Fantasy Bar - 4:05
6. Romeo - 4:15
7. Ghosts - 3:02
8. All Is For God - 2:31
9. Female Persecution - 5:51
10. Uh Huh - 3:10
11. Junkyard Heart - 4:57
12. Suicide Dive Bombers - 4:56

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BBC Review

Juliette Lewis deserves better than to be filed away alongside other Hollywood luminaries who’ve tried their hand at this rock star lark, oft looking as foolish as Sting in The Bride in the process.

Many of those who saw Katherine Bigelow’s 1995 flick Strange Days, in which Lewis makes a remarkably decent fist of two PJ Harvey songs, were curious as to how her ventures into this notoriously tricky habitat would fare. Alas, disappointment came when she roped in a bunch of weather-beaten session hacks and formed Juliette & The Licks, whose devotion to clichéd notions of rock showmanship, largely half-inched from Patti Smith, left them looking, ironically, much like a band in a movie scene.

However, Terra Incognita – which finds The Licks cast aside for the formidable talents of a new collaborator, Mars Volta shaman Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – sees her slightly gauche antics thrown into a far more favourable realm. Indeed, it’s out with CBGB posturing and in with an obliquely psychedelic kind of heat-haze that occasionally recalls the peyote swagger of Jane’s Addiction.

All cynicism aside, Lewis never seemed lacking in sincerity or passion for the rock arena, but her hell-for-leather devotion to her metier is both a blessing and a curse. Her Janis-and-Patti-damaged hollerin’ elevates what can often be rather prosaic material to greater heights of intensity, yet at the same time lends many of these ditties a melodramatic and overwrought aura that can’t help but remind of the profession where she found her fame.

On the more straightforward rockers, such as the title-track and the beguilingly PJ-ed out Junkyard Heart, Lopez, taking time out from the 36 solo albums he seems to manage on an annual basis, brings a spare economy and a spicy deftness of touch to proceedings, whilst on Female Persecution his shimmering guitar-work and dubbed-out details provide a disorientating, ketamine-vortexed psych-odyssey that’s the album’s clear highlight.

Yet it all comes unstuck on Hard Lovin’ Woman, a bawdy, ballsy and thoroughly interminable blues jam that haunts with the nightmare vision of Robert Plant at his most engorged and objectionable. For all Terra Incognita’s moments, it’s unfortunate that Lewis’s Achilles heel is less that she sounds like she’s playing a part, and more that she sounds like she loves rock‘n’roll’s more tiresome baggage just that bit too much. --Jimmy Martin

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T JUDGE A ROCKER BY FILM STAR CREDENTIALS! 16 May 2011
By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER
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It is daft and, indeed more importantly to yourself an auditory disservice, to cynically dismiss music made by Hollywood film stars as a gimmicky novelty not fit to be taken seriously. Sure Juliette Lewis uses her acting flare and skills to 'ham' her stage persona up quite a bit, but its all tongue in cheek and complements her style of rock/punk/blues offerings thus giving the audience 'a show to watch' as opposed to a motionless boring songstress. She is very different on stage to the Hollywood archetype, with a punky, gaunt with little make-up look, with no discernible effort of prettification, a dress code mixing grunge with glam rock, and using her incredibly thin frame to contort into almost 'rubber-man' postures.

And her music? Whilst not quite up there yet with the world's very best, is not far away and whether doing punk, rockers, or blues bashers, is performed in a shameless vamping, screaming and at times crooning fashion that doesn't ask to be taken too seriously and encourages the audience to have fun and enjoy.

This is a very good and versatile album with consistently good tracks with my stand-outs being the classic rock throwback "Hard Lovin' Woman", and the country-rock "Uh Huh".

Whatever 'tag' you choose to pin on her, will not detract from Juliette Lewis being a darn good 'rabble-rousing' singer who can very nearly stand alongside the best of them and in the near future most probably will be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 14 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
love this cd the first of Juliette Lewis's i have heard but after hearing her at glasto had to buy it and am not disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Very Talented Woman!!! 28 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was always a fan of Juliette Lewis's music she did with The Licks and so just had to get this album when it came out! It has a very rock / punk feel to it and is just a fun album to have. Definitely a must have if you are a fan of her earlier stuff or just want to try something new!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational 27 Oct 2009
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Most actors turn to singing when they're acting career isn't going to plan - and that doesn't mean they can sing either. This is not the case with Juliette Lewis. Not only is she a successful actress but she is a great singer and her talent just goes from strength to strength. Good, solid, fast paced rock and roll! You need to own this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wow! 29 Oct 2009
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Having not heard much of Juliette and the Licks when they first came around I wasn't sure what to expect from this album. But Juliette Lewis is an amazing singer/songwriter and you can really feel her energy coming through the speakers. The lead single, "Fantasy Bar" is fast becoming a favorite tune of mine. She's not afraid to try something new and whilst it might not be to everyone taste at least she's got the guts to go for it! More edgier than any thing I've heard from her time with the Licks. Definetly worth a listen if your looking for something new!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunned! 20 Oct 2009
By Unique
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I have only ever known Juliette as a one of a kind actress but after hearing the album I am sure she will have a bright future in music, although it may be a hard task shaking off the actor-to-singer tag unfortunately! Juliette has an exceptional voice, she has a very powerful and emotive voice which really gets my core, she has a wonderful grit to her voice similar to that of Janis Joplin at times but Juliette has many shades to her voice which all really surprised me. My top tracks would have to be 'All Is For God', 'Terra Incognita', 'Junkyard Heart', 'Ghosts' which are all EPIC! but seriously the whole album is bubbling with classic tunes. I am even confident enough to say this is probably my favourite album this year thus far and that is something I never expected to think...:o This album crosses many genres, rock, pop, blues.... and Juliette proves she can deal with them all with ease, hopefully she'll make more music, she's found herself a fan in me.
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