Julie Christmas The Bad Wife

[28 December 2010]

By Ron Hart

Her name might conjure up good tidings of holiday cheer, but you certainly won’t find any schmaltzy yuletide sentiments on the solo debut from the first lady of post-metal, Miss Julie Christmas. The Bad Wife finds the frontwoman for Brooklyn noise rockers Made Out of Babies deviating just far enough from the visceral aggression of her primary gig to showcase her formidable chops as a songwriter in her own right across nine epic tracks that are just as rooted in her apparent love for the works of Nick Cave, Polly Jean Harvey, and Bjork as they are by her origins in modern-day loud rock. An amplified, arresting mix of experimentalism, emotion, and sludge-driven fury, it is nothing short of a triumphant solo turn from one of the Kings County’s most respected and talented performers, whose newfound career under her own name deserves just as much attention as her work in MooB and Battle of Mice.

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/135197-julie-christmas-the-bad-wife/