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Single Review: Julie Roberts – ‘Nascar Party’

When Julie Roberts debuted on the scene in 2004, she won raves for her killer voice and astute song selection. Unfortunately radio didn’t bite past her first single, “Break Down Here,” and after two very underappreciated albums, she quickly faded into oblivion.

So imagine my happiness when I heard she finally has new music and picture my shock when I heard her new single, “NASCAR Party.” The song is poorly constructed and a case of style over substance. The story isn’t interesting enough to hold the attention of the listener and lacks the emotional depth needed to draw people in. The writers put little effort into making this even slightly memorable and it shows.

Not even Roberts can elevate lines such as “My man/he qualified/ he’s right there in the front of line” and make them sound exciting. When she starts singing about “The sweet smell of gasoline” in the second verse, it’s so out of character for someone who made a name for herself on gems like “Wake Up Older,” that you almost wonder who Roberts is artistically. She’s caved into the pressure for success with “Girl Next Door,” but even that doesn’t reek as bad as “NASCAR Party.”

But, surprisingly, it isn’t all that bad. Roberts is a gifted vocalist, and she tries to use that to her advantage here. While her voice tends to even out too much when singing with backing vocalists, she puts a great deal of energy into her delivery and doesn’t hide the twang in her voice. She seems to be mustering up a little effort to rise above the inane lyrical content. And with a song this underwhelming, that’s hard to do.

As a big fan of her music, I can only hope her new album Alive contains stronger material than “NASCAR Party,” and brings back the Julie Roberts I know and love.

Grade: C-

Watch the official music video here.

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11 responses to “Single Review: Julie Roberts – ‘Nascar Party’

  1. bob June 2, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Agree with your rating. I’d like to hear more songs like “You Ain’t Down Home”, “Unlove Me” and “Rain on a Tin Roof”.

    • Michelle June 3, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Bob,

      The NASCAR Party song is a ‘commercial’ song that was designed specifically for NASCAR. It is NOT Julies new ‘single’.

      I hope you check out her new CD… called ALIVE.. available for sale on her website http://www.julieroberts.com.

      She has not strayed from her usual sound and you will find her new music to be along the lines of “You Ain’t Down Home”, “Unlove Me” and “Rain on a Tin Roof”.

      Michelle
      Julie Roberts Music

  2. Ben Foster June 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Great review. Looking forward to reading more great material from you, Jonathan Pappalardo 🙂

  3. Jonathan June 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Thanks Ben! Glad you liked it

  4. Occasional Hope June 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for joining us here, Jonathan.

    I agree – this is a very disappointing return from a talented artist.

    • Michelle June 3, 2011 at 9:04 am

      Dear ‘Occassional Hope”

      The NASCAR Party song is a ‘commercial’ song that was designed specifically for NASCAR. It is NOT Julies new ‘single’.

      I hope you check out her new CD… called ALIVE.. available for sale on her website http://www.julieroberts.com.

      She has not strayed from her usual sound and you will find her new music to stil be the bluesy country feel everyone has come to love.

      Michelle
      Julie Roberts Music

  5. highwayman3 June 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Are you sure this is a lead single off an album or just a NASCAR promo similar to Faith Hill’s Sunday Night Football Intro. It’s so gimicky and awful. How do you sing the word NASCAR and put it in a song title even? It has to be an advertisement, she’s their new spokesperson, that’s the only way I can comprehend it. The videos like watching the people sing, ‘Give Me A Break’ in the Kit-Kat commercials.

    • Michelle June 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Dear Highwayman3,

      You are absolutely right… The NASCAR Party song is a ‘commercial’ song that was designed specifically for NASCAR. It is NOT Julies new ‘single’.

      I hope you check out her new CD… called ALIVE.. available for sale on her website http://www.julieroberts.com.

      She has not strayed from her usual sound and you will find her new music to be still in the bluesy country style everyone has come to know.

      Michelle
      Julie Roberts Music

    • J.R. Journey June 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Roberts is touting this as her new “single” all over her own Facebook page, and has mentioned the album Alive too. And isn’t she on a radio tour right now promoting this song? Sounds like a single to me.

  6. J.R. Journey June 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I didn’t think much of this either. It’s loud, obnoxious, and beneath the talents of Julie Roberts. Like others have said, I am just happy to hear Roberts is still recording and releasing music, and look forward to an album of new music. I certainly hope this is the biggest misstep on the upcoming album.

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