Julia Michaels, Inner Monolgue Part 1 Review
By: Griff Stevens
Julia Carin Cavazos known professionally as Julia Michaels, is an American singer and songwriter originally from Davenport, Iowa. Michaels began her career as a pop music songwriter, her songs have been covered by Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Hailee Steinfeld, and Gwen Stefani. Michaels released her debut solo single with Republic Records in 2017, titled Issues, which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and garnered her Grammy Award nominations for Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Landing a record deal with a major-label titled Nervous System (2017), the album peaked at number 48 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. She has also received nominations for MTV Music Video, Billboard Music, and American Music Awards. Her latest album Inner Monolgue Part 1, released on January 24, 2019 on Republic Records.
“Anxiety” featuring Selena Gomez opens the album, a mellow selection, with Michaels singing in her sexy subdued voice that is both strong and vulnerable. The lyrics are emblematic Michaels, but she is certainly at her best on this album when she is collaborating. Gomez takes the melody the second time. Her style is a nice match to Michaels and the two seem to be having a lot of fun, this shines through brilliantly on the track. Michael’s song writing style is pure pop, she keeps it simple and all about the melody. Her duet and harmony with Gomez are inspired.
The second collaboration on the album is “What A Time” featuring Niall Horan. Again, the instrumentation is thematically, keep simple. With guitar, the two vocalists sing the melody. The lyrics are meaningful and heartfelt. The song grows as does the vocal harmonies. Horan’s voice is a very nice match for Michaels. His tone is warm, as is Michaels. The bridge is a grand gesture of vocal harmonies. The feel keeps pretty much the same as the tune unfolds, but the various instrument parts and multiple vocal harmonies build interest. This is the Michaels at her best.
You can always expect something of quality when Michael’s puts forth an album, her strong songwriting is a cornerstone to any album she puts forth. Her latest offering Inner Monolgue Part 1 is what one would expect from Michaels, strong performances and top-shelf writing. The collaborations add to the depth of the album, but make no mistake Michael’s strong writing is front and center.
Release Date: January 24, 2019
Label: Republic Records