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  • Audio CD (November 23, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: November 1, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ketch A Vibe Records
  • ASIN: B0006PWJHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Conscious is the long awaited follow up to Julie Dexter’s Peace of Mind and Dexterity which combined have sold over  40,000 copies in their limited release. A dynamic singer/songwriter /composer and producer hailing from Birmingham, England, Julie’s artistic passions flow in her latest effort, an insight to her muse on love, trust, and the plight of perseverance. Blending the signature brand of meditative funk and soul from label mate Michael Johnson with  her jazzy reggae vocal stylings,   together they have produced Conscious.

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Born and raised in Birmingham, England of Jamaican parents, Julie Dexter is a world-renowned singer / songwriter who has won numerous international awards. A classically trained musician who writes, arranges, composes and produces, Julie is considered by many to be one of the most important female vocalists of her generation. Deeply influenced by legends such as Abbey Lincoln, Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson, as well as popular icons such as Omar and Sade, Julie takes classic soul to the heart of artistry. Julie Dexter's artistic passion flows through her latest recording, Conscious, which reflects upon what she perceives as the highest principle of life. While consciousness provides us with our perception of the world and our relationship to it, Conscious conveys Julie's insightful musings on love, trust, and the plight of perserverance. Within this disc Julie addresses the superficial limits of "life", trancending its biological definition by acknowledging its spiritual essence. "Its not enough for us to walk the earth day by day without questioning our purpose for being." Julie asserts, furthermore, that as human beings our blood keeps us alive, yet it is through  consciousness that we thrive. As such she compels us in the disc's title track to re-evaluate ourselves as she rhetorically asks,  "How you're living?." Julie Dexter's myriad musical manifestations have astounded fans and critics across the globe.  Over the past seven years Julie's career has taken her through the circles of jazz, broken-beat, bossa-nova, and soul. The dynamic voice of Julie Dexter was first heard in 1997 on Dune Records' release of J-Life, a UK group led by Jason Yarde, that sought to invigorate the public concept of Jazz as a dying tradition. While this debut recording showcased original instrumental compositions and stirring renditions of jazz standards, it also contained a swinging cover of Loose Ends' hit song "Gonna Make You Mine," which amply featured the soulful croon of Julie Dexter.  Julie gained her "chops" for cutting her vocals on this record by touring several continents with jazz wunderkind Courtney Pine as a lead vocalist of his ensemble. This musical school of tough-love learning would also give her the confidence to begin to perform and record as a solo artist, garnering the seven song EP, ! Peace of Mind (2000) and then later the full-length recording, Dexterity (2002), both of which were independently released on her own label, Ketch A Vibe.  These two recordings gained international acclaim for Julie's talents in addition to her collaborations with broken-beat innovator IG Culture ("The Plan" & "Free As") and bossa nova composer Thomas Naim ("Like Ours"). For the past four years Julie Dexter has spent the millenium sharing the stage with this generation's cutting-edge soul artists, including Jill Scott, Bilal, Amel Larrieux, Donnie, Omar, Jaguar, Rachelle Ferrell, and Fertile Ground, to name a few.  While Julie Dexter is more than able to hold up against her peers, her music has also been praised by them. In time the world will hold Julie Dexter in the same regards as those stellar artists who regard her well.

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Honey
While I am doing my homework, I find her voice very soothing to my body, mind, and soul.
Diaspora Chic
It sounds like an early 90s song, but it really sounds good!
R. Coley

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Donovan on September 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
After listened to the samples of the songs I was not that excited about the music. I still purchase this CD anyway based on Amazon reviewers that gave rave remarks. I thought maybe there was much more to this music than the samples would allow me to hear, so I purchased it and was very disappointed. Every song sounds the same, showing no creativity.

I should have just listened to the samples to make my decission and never made the purchase.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Brian Stewart on September 21, 2008
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I purchased this CD for my girlfriend who loves neo-soul and we both disliked this CD. The songs are flat and not well delivered. I went on the advice of positive reviews which was a mistake because I should have also read the negative reviews before making my purchase. I would recommend Ledisi-Lost & Found, she has a song entitled "In the Morning" a real chart making hit for neo-soul. All tracks on that CD are excellent.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Reader746 on August 16, 2005
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I listened to "Piece of Mind" religiously for almost two years. It never left my disc changer. "Concious" has two or three notable songs. But it does not have the consistency of "Piece of Mind." She seems to be aiming for commercial success. She does not take as many risks with this one and there is too much filler.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Coley on March 10, 2005
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I've been listening to Julie since "Peace of Mind". I thank Amazon.com for being the place to get stuff that you can't get anywhere else. They recommended Julie to me and they knew what they were talking about. This CD is somewhat different from the two previous releases. This one like another reviewer sounds like a loungy, downtempo set. Which is fine by me! It definitely have you thinking after you hear her lyrics. Deep and insightful, she really comes through on this one. "Look who's got your back" is a song that reminds you of friends in your life that are there to help you when you need them most. It sounds like an early 90s song, but it really sounds good! This song really hit me when she was singing about God. Saying "He's waiting to talk to you." The way she really sung that really grabbed me. "Show me now" is another great song. In which Julie and her guest put forth a memorable duet. "Choices" is another great song. In fact, there isn't a bad song on this CD, it just so happens that those three are my favorites. Jazzy, soulful and spiritual. This CD says what I feel. Thanks Julie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James L. Woolridge VINE VOICE on January 14, 2010
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CONSCIOUS by Julie Dexter was a very big dissappointment. It was my first CD by this artist and might just be the last. This is one of the CD's you buy and listen to it and then set it aside for your next yard sale. There is just nothing special here.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Davis on March 7, 2005
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ah, i miss the jazzish, reggae-influence of her 'peace of mind' EP... that's a classic; dont think she'll ever top that for me. (still havent heard 'dexterity' yet... no local retailers have carried it and i've been too damnlazy to order it from my wish list)

but this is pretty good... damngood, if you ask me.

i really caint say that this is more in the vein of mainstream RnB... has more of a downtempo lounge feel to me, like, let's say you got to your favorite downtown hang out EARLY... before it got crowded and smokey and full of nearly-inebriated patrons... this might sound like her full-dressed rehearsal as lil sista prepared to storm the stage later in the night...

but definitely, julie is the most consistant sounding soul sista (as far as these underground lounge divas go) than any of her contemporaries... if you liked her before, you still will.

and if you havent heard of her yet, then go getchu some 'peace of mind' first and 12 months from now, when you get down playin it, go back out and get this thang herre.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Danna Williams on July 12, 2005
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I had high expectations after waiting so long since Julie Dexter's wonderful sophomore LP "Dexterity", to the point of downloading mp3s from the new album "Conscious" before a copy was available. From hearing "Choices", the opening track, I knew her latest CD was worth the 3 years wait. Like her previous albums, "Peace of Mind" and "Dexterity" (which I also recommend), she further explores her reggae roots, yet maintains her distinctive soulful, jazz 'n' funk sound. Some remarkable songs include an opposite's attract heart-clencher "Like Ours", and "Show Me Now" - a beckoning slow groove with a seductive flute in the background. It all unwinds with "Rain Song", a jazzy, lazy Sunday afternoon track. Overall, the neo-soul grooves and meditations of "Conscious" make me wonder why many people remain unconscious regarding Ms. Dexter. This CD is higly recommended for R&B, reggae, and neo-soul lovers, hip-hop heads, and even jazz purists. Ketch a vibe and enjoy.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diaspora Chic on April 17, 2005
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I first heard this CD at a novelty store in DC and liked it. It was recommended by the owner of the shop and I couldn't refuse it. This is the first time I am listening to her sing since I bought it. While I am doing my homework, I find her voice very soothing to my body, mind, and soul. I feel collective and confident that I will get a good grade on the paper I'm doing. Julie Dexter being popular in the UK market, also has a fan base in the US. Artists that appreciate neo-soul should get this CD. It is really great to listen to.
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