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Julia Dollison: Observatory

Retuning timeworn standards for the 21st century is hardly an original idea. Many a singer has tried, too often falling into the empty pit that is experimentation simply for experimentation’s sake. Rare is the vocal acrobat who, like neophyte recording artist Julia Dollison, can remain aloft with interpretations both fresh and substantive. Wrapping the likes of “Autumn in New York,” “All the Things You Are,” “Night and Day” and “I’m Old Fashioned” in postmillennial disquiet, Dollison seems the vocal actualization of the curious dichotomy–jaundiced cynicism blended with fragile optimism–that defines her Generation Y. As such, she can echo Esquivel-esque otherworldliness one minute, soft kittenish innocence the next.

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