Continuing with another dance album, however this one is much more underground.
I had not listened to Juliet’s debut album Random Order in quite a while, so I decided to make it this week’s LP of the week.
Like last week’s, Sophie Ellis Bextor’s latest, this is a dance album too. As I stated above, this one is much more underground. Sophie Ellis Bextor may not be too well known in North America, but in her home country she is considerably more popular than Juliet in her home country. Juliet’s being the United States of America!
Juliet is actually Juliet Richardson, but records as Juliet.
Random Order is actually her sole release at this point. It was released in 2005 on Virgin Records. All Music classifies her as electronica, and club/dance and house as sub genres. I suppose those actually fit, as I was thinking of her as an American Goldfrapp as a sort of comparison.
Two singles were released, “Avalon”, and “Ride the Pain”, along with accompanying music videos. However if it weren’t for the internet, I believe I would have never heard of her. I may have seen the “Avalon” video on television, but I am not certain about that. Therefore I am guessing she did not receive as much mainstream exposure as she could have. However she did reach number one on the Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play charts. She also charted in the Europe and UK as far as singles go.
One of the producers, Guy Sigsworth, is also half of the musical collaboration that goes by the name of Frou Frou. Frou Frou being made up of Sigsworth and Imogen Heap. Together they released Details in 2002. Sigsworth collaborated on the track “New Shoes”. Another producer, Stuart Price is a member of Zoot Woman, and has worked with acts such as Madonna (most notably her Confessions on a Dance Floor), and No Doubt among others.
Besides the information I do not have too much to add aside from the customary recommendation. On with said recommendation! Yes, so if you are looking for a quality dance album with hints of electronic, that is definitely not commercial, this would be a good one to fit that bill.