Terra Incognita (Juliette Lewis album)

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Terra Incognita
Terra Incognita Juliette Lewis.jpg
Studio album by Juliette Lewis
Released August 31, 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Rock
Length 51:52
Label The End Records
Producer Omar Rodríguez-López
Juliette Lewis chronology
Four on the Floor
(2006)
Terra Incognita
(2009)

Terra Incognita is the debut full-length solo album by Juliette Lewis, released in August 2009.[1][2][3] The album was made with Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta, and is her first album after parting with her previous backing band, the Licks, the album recorded with new backing band the New Romantiques.[2] She said of the album: "‘Terra Incognita’ means unknown territory — and that’s where I wanted to go musically. The guitars are more wild and atmospheric. The groove is dark and deep and allows for a lot of sonic contrasts."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Song Length
1 "Intro" 1:00
2 "Noche Sin Fin" 4:05
3 "Terra Incognita" 3:20
4 "Hard Lovin' Woman" 4:54
5 "Fantasy Bar" 4:03
6 "Romeo" 4:11
7 "Ghosts" 2:57
8 "All is for God" 2:28
9 "Female Persecution" 5:45
10 "Uh Huh" 3:09
11 "Junkyard Heart" 4:54
12 "Suicide Dive Bombers" 4:54
13 "The Devil Knows (Bonus Track)" 3:29
14 "Gold & Mud (Bonus Track)" 3:43

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Antiquiet 2/5 stars link
Metacritic (56%) link

The album received mixed reviews, with an average rating of 56% based on 7 reviews on Metacritic. Simon Price of The Independent described the album as a "frazzled and bluesy beast".[5] Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album three stars out of five, stating that "her love for PJ [Harvey] and Patti [Smith] is still transparent", but it "still relies too heavily on awkward gutter poetry".[6] The A.V. Club gave the album a C+ rating, with Chris Mincher stating "Lewis convincingly mixes guttural aggression and haunting sonic effects. However, the songwriting is mostly nonexistent".[7] Hugh Montgomery of The Observer viewed the album as displaying "a more varied tone, ranging from the woozily psychedelic to the feverishly gothic, and melodies to match her raspingly alluring vocals."[8] Rock Sound gave it 7/10 but called it "incoherent".[9] Stephen Dalton of Uncut described it as "thick with atmosphere and variety", calling it "a rich, rowdy and mostly rewarding listen."[10]

Personnel[edit]

  • Juliette Lewis - Lyrics, Music, Vocals, Organ (Rhodes)
  • Omar Rodríguez-López - Producer, Guitar, Bass, Organ (Rhodes)
  • Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez - Clavinet, Synthesizer, Percussion, Music (2, 3, 5 to 11)
  • BC Coldwell - Album Desig
  • Thomas Pridgen - Drums
  • Chris Watson - Guitar (1−3, 5 to 11), Music (2-6, 10, 11))
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Rich Costey, Charlie Stavish (Assistant), Noah Goldstein (Assistant) - Mixing
  • Jennifer Tzar - Photography (Album Photos)
  • Hadas - Photography (Inside Photo With Omar)
  • Isaiah Abolin, Joe Montanez, Lars Stalfors - Recording

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Terra Incognita Juliette Lewis". Amazon. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Terra Incognita (review)". BBC. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Price, Simon. "Album: Juliette Lewis, Terra Incognita, (Roadrunner)". The Independent. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Goldstein, Melissa (2009) "Juliette Lewis Explains Her “Dark” New Album", Spin, March 3, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  5. ^ Price, Simon (2009) "Album: Juliette Lewis, Terra Incognita, (Roadrunner)", The Independent, August 29, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas "Terra Incognita Review", Allmusic. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  7. ^ Mincher, Chris (2009) "Juliette Lewis: Terra Incognita", The A.V. Club, September 1, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  8. ^ Montgomery, Hugh (2009) "Juliette Lewis: Terra Incognita", The Observer, August 30, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  9. ^ Durham, Victoria (2009) "Juliette Lewis - ‘Terra Incognita’", Rock Sound, September 19, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2016
  10. ^ Dalton, Stephen (2009) "Juliette Lewis & The New Romantiques – Terra Incognita", Uncut, October 12, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2016

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