"...a voice as
distinctive as a thumbprint...if only more songwriters
- and more people -
had his balance of wit and fortitude."
Jim Farber/New York Daily News
"Julian is at his best in a live
setting, where his words take on a delightfully vivid,
three-dimensional life. But 'Good Life' shows that
he can effectively channel and contain his work in
concise, bite-sized pieces, too."
"This isn't a wallpaper album
that you put on and do something else to. Julian makes
you listen to his stories with his Zen-like, listen-if-you-want-to
attitude. By the time he's singing "The Wrong
Bus" (a story within a story), you want to."
Dan Aquilante/New York
"Just when you thought rock and
roll had lost its sense of irony, or at least the ability
to recognize irony when it sees it, along comes Richard
Julian...a mood swinging collection of gripping songs
and well-placed instrumentation."
"his razor-sharp acoustic-spun
vignettes about life in the big city and its varied
inhabitants - coupled
with his honey-and-sand vocals
- make this a charmingly understated effort...
sparkling guitar work shines throughout, as does his
"Julian [displays] nimble lyricism
as he sings his character-driven, keenly observational
"...a literate storyteller for whom songwriting is a craft not an occupation, who observes and comments
With each clever, low-key, dusky line, he
shows why we should sit up and notice him.”
with a painter's eye and a filmmaker's vision... "
"This New Yorker tosses off self-addressed
put-downs with the ease of the young Springsteen
during his acoustic Jersey-boy period.”