Review: XXVII by Julz Savard

XXVII by Julz SavardI’m not the most up-to-date person, but I’m going to say this is the third musical identity Julz Savard has taken. She did vocals for Save Me Hollywood, of course, and then there was her excursion as Sixx a couple of years back. In recent months she’s positioned herself as a singer-songwriter, with an appearance at last year’s showbizzier-than-usual Elements Music Camp and a few singles along the way. Now, here’s an EP documenting that new phase. With production help from Nick Lazaro, XXVII is a good introduction to this new stage. And while it takes a bit of getting used to, the EP spreads far enough to make the transition easy. Julz carries the demands with aplomb, although understandably the output is a little uneven. I wasn’t sure if it earned the right to be grand from the get-go, for once – but “I Bet My Life” is a nice change of pace, and album closer “Crawling” delivers on the catharsis the EP seemed to be teasing from the beginning. Still, a good first outing, if you could call it that. With all indicators pointing this is the track Julz will pursue next, I’m interested to see where this goes. [NB]3/5

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