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Julie Lamb / Press

“Third time in and it’s a charm. Fresh from debuting her way into the NZ Top 40 at number 10, there’s always one thing you can count on when it comes to Julie Lamb – expect the unexpected. Lamb’s eclectic taste in music and short attention span pushes her to experiment with different genres and vocal boundaries, so it helps to have an arsenal of masterful musicians to write with. From the edgy crooning sass of Drive Me to the a capella stylings of the title track and the hip-swaying rhythm of Inhaling, the standout song for me is I’m Telling You No with its driving groove, lamentable melodies and emotionally strung vocals. While sometimes the backing vocals sound a little too front and centre, each song hands you over to the next in a way that flows and the overall mix feels both organic and modern underneath the ’70s vibed umbrella. This album shows how much Julie and the team have grown over the years and is recommended for lovers of understated but attitude-laden classic ”

“I have got to be honest (as always), I didn't want to review this album. Not that I had any predetermined ideas how it would sound, but the fact is I'm good friends with Julie. Now this isn't an issue apart from I am a very honest reviewer. If it's bad I'll tell you. So here goes. First of all the CD is just as glorious as the previous two albums were. A lot of thought has gone into the packaging, design and artwork. In the digital age this is very commendable and if you are going to purchase this album, I definitely recommend the CD over the digital counterpart. But what about the music? Well, there's good and bad. The album was recorded in Wellington's own Matrix Studio by another friend Phil and it's no surprise that the quality of the production and mix is outstanding. The whole album is packed with energy, passion and the bands love for music shines through from the very first track. The brass, funky bass, rocking drums, awesome guitar...”

“Fair warning: The Julie Lamb Band’s memorable melodies are the kind of tunes that you will find yourself singing all day. But you definitely won’t be complaining about these enjoyable earworms. Lamb has a soulful voice whose history of Janis Joplin covers shines through on the band’s sophomore album, “Trippin’ the Light Fantastic.” One of the more notable elements of Lamb’s music is the simple, repeated instrumental moments, or leitmotifs, that can be heard throughout these funky yet ethereal tracks. A concept most notably developed by Richard Wagner, the leitmotif is translated from the German “guiding motif.” Lamb’s repetitive guiding motifs offer structure to the otherwise dreamy quality of her songs. Whether intentional or not, the use of leitmotifs is pleasing to the listener who is looking for a balance of fun and cultural relevance. But Lamb offers more to the careful listener But Lamb offers more to the careful listener ... read more here”

“I dunno what happened. Somehow a copy of the Julie Lamb CD came into my possession. Naturally I put it on ye olde CD player and whammo....all the doors and windows of the house flew open and the place was filled with her soaring voice, powered along by a band of very cool players. When it finished I put it on again, a bit louder this time and blew out all the cobwebs this time too. Then my family came home and I played it to them too. Awesome stuff. A hundred likes. (is that possible?)”

“Julie Lamb is all class, more sass and hysterical "funnerisms" wrapped in a cherry bomb of rock-tinged blues and with sophomore album Trippin' the Light steadily gaining traction worldwide, there is plenty to smile about. From garnering international airplay (Canada, USA, UK and Europe) to having songs selected for notable compilations (Jack and Jill No 20 and Acid Tapes: Australia, 1st Renaissance: UK, Indie Music Bus Favourites: USA ), she has also won TalentCast Artist of the week in the Netherlands twice and been featured artist of the month on both Rocker's Dive Radio NY and Reverbnation - even the recently released music video for Waterproof won silver medals from the Beat100 A&R team. Julie Lamb and Trippin' the Light are a winning combination best served live and if mayhem, mischief and laughter appeal to you, book your ticket now.”

“About Clever Piece of Life: This really is a great song. It's well produced. I love the jazz quartet sound. It's definitely a theatrical piece and you could easily get it licensed in a film. You would need to be represented by an agent that is very visual with music, because this song wouldn't just fit any movie score, it would have to be a 60s or 70s themed movie. It has a "beatnik" quality to it.”

DJ Mikey Jayy of KGUP 106.5 - Email

“RT @lewtapera: @FrankieLamb yo. Waterproof is hype. That tune belongs in a Tarantino film. Immediately.”

@lewtapera - Twitter

“This could well be described as an album of two very distinct sides. The first six songs feature some fairly full-on rocky arrangements with distorted guitar tones to the fore. Time Flies almost has a Metallica feel to it, but, from the quirky 30 second percussion-led track, Andreas & The Kerkinators onwards, the more subtle and quieter tracks offer up a smorgasbord of musical styles highlighting some very strong songwriting by Lamb herself as well as other writers whose songs are covered here. My favourite is the clever wordplay found in Love’d Bayou with its Louisiana feel, courtesy of Richard Klein’s fiddle and Al Norman’s accordion. I was expecting to hear the strident bluesy vocals that are Lamb’s trademark sound when she’s singing with her band, The Lambhunters. Instead she’s gone for a softer, more melodic vocal style here and set that against these rocky arrangements, the juxtaposition lending the album an almost menacing tone in places." Click here for the full rev”

“Julie Lamb well and truly snook up on this playlist. She tweeted me a link to her song Undone which really caught my attention. There's something infectious about the sound on offer here. Something that got me wanting to hear more. Listening to more tunes I have not been disappointed with the likes of Trippin The Light Fantastic seeming to marry together so many styles I've enjoyed over the years. There's a bluesy soul there with a little bit of jazz too (*does jazz hands* - no really you can take out a contract if you see me do jazz hands in public, I quite understand). What I love about Julie is the variety as well because whereas Trippin The Light is a gentle(ish) bluesy affair, she leaps into a more rockier sound with Time Flies. Awesome stuff and I look forward to hearing more in the future. She is most definitely worth you checking out. You can grab a copy of the album Trippin' The Light from Julie's bandcamp page”

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"If you catch me, don't burn yourself", enunciates Julie Lamb in Tell Me Who I Am, the opening track on her second albumTrippin' the Light. It's some fitting phrasing indeed when we view the record in its entirety. Lamb is proud to have combined rock, blues, jazz and various other sounds into a fiery but positive sequence. She's proud for good reason - Time Flies carries the listener in with some great aural momentum. Lamb's vocals, along with the instrumental and choral talents of her passionate backing musicians, make for a piece that seems to tend toward progressive metal. Click to read the full review.

“Blues, rock and accounting aren’t something that would normally be put together but Wellingtonian singer Julie Lamb somehow pulls this off. Her second album entitled 'Trippin’ The Light' displays a range of talent, which is rarely found on the shelves nowadays. The album combines various sounds of rock, blues, jazz and more to deliver one of the easiest and most enjoyable albums I’ve heard in a while. Kicking off the album with 'Tell Me Who I Am' a blues based rock number with lyrics that give off a passionate but confident progression. Following up with 'Time Flies' which demonstrates Lamb’s vocal talent combined with a great backing track from her musicians that will get you nodding along in no time. Lamb then changes the flow with Undone, more of a sobering track with the addition of a assortment of wind and strings that add another level of goodness into the album...”

“I've been listening over and over to Julie's songs - they're like that. She has a smart and insightful way with words - I always like that. I love Mess and Magpie, it makes me feel hopeful and loving. And then there's the heavy rock of Time Flies - get down and dirty! The tightness and tautness of Kill Me With Your Promise. Most of all, I think, I love the delightful joy of Loved Bayou - bayou, by you, by you, bayou! Get this album. That is all.”

“This is def an album worth adding to your collection a superb collection that wraps up a few genres. And done in sassy style. I love the sprinkle of humour in Julies song writing as well. she is like a good wine - a bit of age and all that!”

Tina Nixon - Facebook

“Mix all kinds of rock, fabulous arrangements, small children on percussion, women’s acapella backing vocals and some of the best Wellington musicians and you’ve got the latest offering from popular Wellington singer/songwriter Julie Lamb. ‘Trippin’ the light’ is Lamb’s second album and despite the novelty moments, heralds her return to what she describes as her true singing roots – rock. Her new album, to be launched at Bodega on 29 July, features six original songs by Lamb with an additional three co-written by local Wellington artists, Mike Jamieson and Alan Stuart. As well, Lamb covers 2 originals, one by Mike Nyland, (of Von Thundersvolt) the other by Julian Ward (The awesome photographer.) “Some of the lyrics are quite dark. Which is odd because I’m at a really good point in my life right now, but subconscious can be a crazy thing,” says Julie. “The songs are good. I know this because the band keep abusing me about the songs getting stuck in their heads!"”

Tonic Marketing - Scoop.co.nz

“You were all so wicked, amazing afternoon guys and girls, AND we are now the new proud owners of both Albums YAY Love you Julie Lamb xx”

Charlie Phillips (Merrin) - Facebook

“Awesome is the word for it! Awesome band, awesome singers, awesome songs and awesome leader of the pack. Congratulations singin buddy! :^] OXO”

Marian Price-Carter - Facebook

“Hey Julie, Absolutely fantastic afternoon, fabulous entertainment (bought both CDs!), you are amazing! ... sorry we couldn't stick around to tell you to your face, had to take off but managed to stay until the last song. Awesome!! xo”

Melanie Robertson - Facebook