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Juliette Lewis

Terra Incognita

The End

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With a dark, more experimental sound and no help from her longtime band The Licks, Terra Incognita (which roughly translates to "uncharted territory") seems an appropriate title for Juliette Lewis' first proper solo album. The record includes all the glitchy, hard-rocking riffs and punchy drumbeats one would expect from any set produced by The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez. However, it's also those same qualities that make portions of it slip from uncharted to already-been-done, alt-rock radio territory. Front and center is the actress-turned-singer's powerhouse alto snarl, which alternates between passionate belts and harsh yelps. As Lewis mourns lost friends and lovers in tracks such as "Ghosts" and "Junkyard Heart," and flaunts her womanpower in the heavy blues number "Hard Lovin' Woman," she proves she doesn't need too much help to get her point across. (www.myspace.com/juliettelewis)

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