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Julia Fordham: China Blue

Two decades, 10 albums and sales in the multimillions after her eponymous debut, British pop star Julia Fordham has opted to shift into a smooth-jazz groove for this assemblage of fresh compositions and reworkings of earlier hits. Fordham’s oxymoronic fragile sturdiness evokes a porcelain-like beauty that suggests the ethereal purity of Kate Bush crossed with the earthier mew of Cleo Laine. Akin to Patti Cathcart, Fordham floats on soft rhythmic clouds as she gently muses about the sweetness of love in all its guises. When she delivers lace-trimmed missives like “My Only Valentine” and “For You Only for You” (from 1989’s Porcelain), it’s hard not to be swept up in all her cuddly warmth.

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