The Cardinal: The Cardinal - Vinyl
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The Cardinal: The Cardinal - Vinyl

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DOES NOT SHIP TO AUSTRALIA “Her swagger is true to her rebellious punk-rock roots, and refined through working with the likes of Cohen, Iggy Pop, Public Image Limited, and Todd Rundgren [who produced an unreleased solo album].” Christensen has worn coats of many different colors, and this one’s red." - NO DEPRESSION "With its Roots deep, Stone Cupid gives the tracks freedom to wander in Rock bombast without the need for studio glitz and polish.The characters that walk through Julie Christensen’s stories are supported in their decisions and missteps with the richness of her vocals, aged in fronting her band Divine Horsemen, and providing background harmony for Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen." - The Alternate Root

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NO DEPRESSION gave us a nod for one of the best early 2022 new albums to check out! 

Julie Christensen — 11 From Kevin: Songs of Kevin Gordon  (Jan. 21) 

Nearly 30 years after his first album, Gordon should be better known, as should Christensen, who was a staple in the Los Angeles punk and jazz scenes before her extraordinary collaborations with Leonard Cohen, and then a solo career. But these things happen. Now comes a record that adroitly fuses Christensen’s exploratory vocals with Gordon’s vividly drawn emotional and physical landscapes. The result brings out the best in both of them, especially in the way Christensen unearths veins of gold that were hiding in plain sight. 

While it’s difficult to highlight a single track, I keep returning to “Joey and Clara” and “Jimmy Reed Is the King of Rock n’ Roll.” The former lays out adolescent childhood like no other song I’ve heard, Clara enticing Joey to brave the brambles and barbed-wire fences to seek out the joys of a summer day that lay otherwise hidden in a forest. The latter is a lament about the largely forgotten bluesman. On both tracks, as well as the album as a whole, Sergio Webb’s dobro has a haunting, welcome presence.  

Glide Magazine premiered "Find My Way," the lead off track. They had this to say: 

"GLIDE is excited to premiere her rendition of “Find My Way,” which serves as the first track on the album and rightfully so. Christensen exudes soul as she absorbs the song and presents it in her own fashion. Compared to Gordon’s version, which is a slowburning roots rocker, Christensen gives it a bluesy Southern rock treatment that brightens the track even more. Her vocals get amplified by greasy slide guitar and even more soloing than the original, ultimately giving the track a full sound that truly showcases just how great of a songwriter Gordon is while also putting her vocals in the spotlight. "