Julia Michaels’ Inner Monologue Part 2 is an “I” record. There are records about other people, there are records about the state of the world, and there are records about the person writing the record. Julia Michaels has never been the type of writer that writes about anything but herself and her own emotions. This isn’t a hit on her – that’s a totally valid kind of songwriting. But this isn’t just a record about herself; this is a self-reflective record, a record in which she acknowledges her faults and accepts that she’s not perfect – what I like to call an “I” record. These kind of records are by definition self-obsessed, but the self-awareness of these kind of records make them incredibly helpful to other people. Julia Michaels writes about herself, but in that, she’s writing about everyone who is like her. We’re all human, we all feel similar kinds of emotions. Inner Monologue Part Two is Michaels’ internal conversations and feelings, but it’s also all of ours.
16 albums, 89 tracks
Julia Michaels' lyrical prowess and delivery in ‘Inner Monologue Part 1’ is emotional and brilliant, but even more brilliant is her fantastic use of synths
When musicians go to bed in the night, they're often inspired to create new music themed around the topic of love. This is not because they're in love or in a good place at that time, neither is it because they don't think about other things but love, but because love is universal. It affects how we live, how we interact with others and how we do everything else. It affects everyone in different ways. It is the whole essence of life. That also explains why there are more songs themed around love than any other topic. American artist, Julia Michaels' sophomore album Inner Monologue Part 1 follows in that same direction though not directly. Her's is more like a narrative of her experiences with love and life; how they affect her, what she expects and doesn't expect. But it is more than just a collection of songs about love. It is a beautiful work of art that finds its way directly through a person's 'bone marrows' and into the sub conscious when listened to, and that is because of the brilliant work put into the composition, production, and delivery. Delivered in six tracks namely, "Anxiety", "Apple", "Deep", "Into You", "What a Life", and "Happy", this body of work can be considered her best work yet. It can be described as a combination of the best ideas to create a collection of songs that elicit emotions and feelings of empathy. It is both relatable and phenomenal.
When you really want to succeed in the business of popular music, many artists over time try to be who they are not or enter a genre they do not belong to, either by cultural roots or even by social stratum. They believe they can write songs that reach the segment of the market to which they are oriented, either because of their style, or because some manager believed that it would fit well and they embark on the adventure of inventing unreal things, phrases and situations in all their lyrics, pretending that this will reach the heart of the audience that hears it. Pathetic. You get to hear unlikely stories because they are artificial and hollow. Seldom does something happen with those who think they are geniuses of deceit and if they have sporadic success, it does not last long. That is what we call "formulas", a kind of cooking recipes applied to art and never, never will be something good what comes out of there. Regardless of the musical genre, when the artist composes from its heart and based on its own experiences, the first aspect that the public can perceive in its songs will be honesty and that is a triumph. If the lyrics connect with the audience and the melodies are smart enough to follow easily, the song will soon become a hit and the artist will become one of their favorites. Also, if the song has that magic of reflecting something that has happened to many beyond the borders of their country, it will become universal. The universality of art transcends borders because it speaks directly to an audience that lives and experiences the same as the author at certain moments of his life and is reflected in anguish, sadness, happiness, love, social aspiration or any other situation of life that has been touched by the composer and that touches the fibers of the soul of the listener. There is a very common case that exemplifies what it is to be universal and what it is to be very local: comedy, a non-musical example; for cultural and language reasons, there are few comedians in the world who have come to conquer the hearts of the public everywhere and in many countries totally different from the ones they belong to. This is because there are many things that on one side are hilarious and on others simply do not make sense. Throughout my life, I've heard that Mexican comedy is the best in the world, who says it? the Mexicans. Actually, the common comedy of Mexicans only makes sense to Mexicans, if you tell a Mexican joke in another part of the world, people will be left with a: what? because they do not make sense the greater amount of things that for Mexicans are funny. And vice versa. I have heard many Mexicans say that Americans' sense of humor is not good, why? simple: because they do not understand it, it is very difficult if you do not live in that culture to understand what is funny and what is not. So only a few like Charles Chaplin or Mr. Bean have been able to cross borders with their comedy because they have been geniuses who have been able to take their art to the field of universality, where everyone understands, everyone laughs with very common situations for all and all they're happy. Well, that's the case of Inner Monologue, Pt. 1, by Julia Michaels. A collection of honest and universal songs.
I’ve known about Julia Michaels for a while now. I promise, I’m not trying to be pretentious, I’m just a huge songwriting nerd who pays attention to who’s actually writing the words and music of the songs that populate the Top 100. Before she was on pop radio, she was an LA-based songwriter, penning hits for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony and more. Personally, I love artists who sing AND write their songs because it feels more real in a lot of ways. Music is such a therapeutic, important part of my life, and it always means more when the artist singing the song actually put themselves into that song, than when you realize that the song you love more than anything was a product of an assembly-line style writing session with fifteen songwriters in downtown LA. Julia Michaels’ music is different from Max Martin-style flawless pop. The perfection of a Julia Michaels song comes in the fact that is it far from perfect: beautiful in its inherent imperfection. Her vocal performance isn’t Beyoncé-level, her verses don’t rhyme perfectly, and she definitely hasn’t counted the syllables in her lines mathematically in the way Max Martin is famous for doing. She could be seen as a modern-day Joni Mitchell: an artist who writes songs that are so brutally honest and then proceeds to sing those songs as if she’s sobbing in the recording studio. We already know she has “Issues,” but Inner Monologue Part 1 is the beginning of a record that identifies and delves into those issues in a therapist-level deep dive.
I’ve got to hand it to Julia Michaels, ‘cause she seriously altered my opinion of her career & her presence in the music industry with her latest collection Inner Monologue, Pt. 1 – EP, throwing out every negative thought I had of her previously. When she was first introduced to the masses back in the early-teens, she just felt like another in a long line of generic Pop singers who were hitting the scene at the time, perpetuating industry standards alongside Lorde, Halsey & even the reinvented Selena Gomez with a generic style that was predictable & beholden to the aesthetics audiences loved at the time, shelling out track after track of boring Tropical Pop dance tunes with the then-refreshing fuck-the-world youth mentality everyone desired. She’d go on to team up with Lauv & Clean Bandit on songs that felt lifeless & nondescript, her formulaic teen-heartthrob lyrics & generally relaxed demeanor turning me off of her compositions entirely as she blended more & more with the sounds of her contemporaries, but this disdain quickly turned to admiration when I laid ears this latest EP, convincing me she just needed a little bit of time to gestate on who she was as an individual as the industry began reconciling its creative issues – Now, as miraculous as it may seem for someone who’d rather listening to the blood-curdling screams of a Death metal song or the intense underground rhythms of a Berlin Techno tune, I can genuinely claim I’m a fan of the musician she’s become, aligning with my love of late-noughties Electro- & Teen-Pop unlike any of her contemporary acts have been able to do in years.
Shaky Vocals Barely Shine, While Mediocre Tracks Barely Transcend On Julia Michaels ‘Inner Monologue, Pt. 1 – EP’
Julia Michaels cut her teeth working in the Pop, Dance and EDM spheres, writing for perhaps some of your favorite stars, from Selena Gomez, to Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Hailee Steinfeld, and Gwen Stefani. Upon trying to research why every female artist in the last few years sounds like a moaning whispering kitty cat, I discovered that it might largely be due to the influence of songwriter Julia Michaels. Having not really heard of her, and not accustomed to telling all of these blonde haired Pop stars apart, I began to put two and two together when I did some research and realized she has been involved with exactly the types of songs that have vexed me all this time – birthing the Selena Gomez style of Whisperpop, and thus setting in motion a mad industry dash to emulate the breathy, feline, jaded style - ridiculously easy to imitate, and, I feel, extremely easy to flip for industry suits looking to turn their next whomever into a Gomez type cash cow. Now, this is just speculation, and I wasn’t present at any of these imagined conspiratorial A&R meetings, but in my opinion, Michaels’ influence was definitely in the mix, enabling these dismal hits to propagate, and when it was time for her to throw her own skin in the game, the timing was right, 2017, with the charting single “Issues”, a real mess of a song, from the off key vocals to the ‘whatever’ melody – but isn’t it interesting that the industry got behind it and nominated it for a Song of the Year Grammy. Yes, both the audience, and the critics, were hooked to the commercial success of these Acoustic Pop EDM permutations - an extremely vapid and dime a dozen sound. You see, Pop used to be about Celine Dion and Kelly Clarkson and X Factor contestants who had the most ridiculous, over the top, untouchable chops. It was a chest beating contest that could be overbearing, but writers like Michaels offered more subdued singing styles which – what a coincidence, the whole freaking internet could also hope to achieve, as thousands of YouTube hopefuls began to upload their crap in the hopes of achieving stardom. Julia Michaels can sing – barely. But in this day and age, barely is all it takes. Flash forward a couple years, and after some success, Michaels is going full force down her own career path, exemplified by this release Inner Monologue, Pt. 1 – EP, which is – if I’m gonna be cutthroat – pretty much a disaster.
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- Apr 22, 2019LANY Teases Collaboration With Julia Michaels
- Feb 05, 2019Julia Michaels reaches out to Anushka Sharma: Apparently we are twins
- Feb 01, 2019Pop Star Julia Michaels Admits She's Done 'S—ty Things' to Boyfriends to Inspire New Music: 'I'm Not Proud' of It
- Jan 30, 2019Pop Singer Julia Michaels Reveals How She Manages Crippling Anxiety: ‘Talking About It Really Helps’
- Jan 03, 2019Julia Michaels and Lauv Split as She Shares New Year's Resolution: 'No More Dating Narcissists'
- May 19, 2018Listen To This: Good For Ya!
- Jan 29, 2018Julia Michaels Stuns in Plunging Purple Gown at Grammys 2018
- Jan 26, 2018Strut-By-Strut: Fergie, Julia Michaels And Sara Evans Dish On Double-Standards In Music
Julia Carin Cavazos (born November 13, 1993), known professionally as Julia Michaels, is an American singer and songwriter from Davenport, Iowa. She began her career as a pop music songwriter, penning tracks that have been given to Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Hailee Steinfeld, and Gwen Stefani. Michaels released her debut solo single with Republic Records in 2017, "Issues", which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and garnered her Grammy Award nominations for Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Her major-label debut extended play, Nervous System (2017), peaked at number 48 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. She has also received nominations for MTV Music Video, Billboard Music, and American Music Awards.
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