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There's no sophomore slump here for Julie Roberts, whose second release is, if anything, richer and more powerful than her well-received debut. Credit the uniformly strong material, with not a throwaway among the eleven tracks, and four of the songs cowritten by Roberts. There's not a happy song among them, either, except for the nostalgic "Too Damn Young," about when love was fresh in a teenage way that it will never be again on the rest of the older-and-wiser material. The opening "Paint and Pillows" tells of a wife wronged by a cheating husband, and a hurt that can't be masked by window dressing. "First to Never Know" and "Lonely Alone" find a woman on the run from a relationship gone cold, while "A Bridge That's Burning" sings of the refusal to become the other woman. Best of all is the title track, through which the bittersweet voice of experience warns that "men and mascara always run." Though Roberts has the glamour-girl look of a Faith Hill, the Southern bluesiness of her vocal phrasing is closer to Lucinda Williams, and the fiddle and steel guitar that dominate Byron Gallimore's production show country music making few concessions to pop. --Don McLeese

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There's no sophomore slump here for Julie Roberts, whose second release is, if anything, richer and more powerful than her well-received debut. Credit the uniformly strong material, with not a throwaway among the eleven tracks, and four of the songs cowritten by Roberts. There's not a happy song among them, either, except for the nostalgic "Too Damn Young," about when love was fresh in a teenage way that it will never be again on the rest of the older-and-wiser material. The opening "Paint and Pillows" tells of a wife wronged by a cheating husband, and a hurt that can't be masked by window dressing. "First to Never Know" and "Lonely Alone" find a woman on the run from a relationship gone cold, while "A Bridge That's Burning" sings of the refusal to become the other woman. Best of all is the title track, through which the bittersweet voice of experience warns that "men and mascara always run." Though Roberts has the glamour-girl look of a Faith Hill, the Southern bluesiness of her vocal phrasing is closer to Lucinda Williams, and the fiddle and steel guitar that dominate Byron Gallimore's production show country music making few concessions to pop. --Don McLeese
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  • Audio CD (June 27, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • ASIN: B000FDFPJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tom on July 14, 2006
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First of all, let my start by saying I am a huge Faith Hill fan. She is an astounding vocalist, energizing performer, and passionate musician. This business with her being "unable to pick good songs" and "connect with her music" is absolute baloney. Having seen her live multiple times, I can assure you that Hill performs with stellar vocals that soar to sky and a passion and conviction that are almost tangible, especially on GREAT songs like 'Cry' and 'Breathe'. Hill is a wonderful artist, and Julie Roberts should be greatly flattered by such comparisons.

And it seems that the comparisons are just. Julie returns with her sophomore effort with even greater material. Each song is oozing with emotion and Roberts delivers consistantly. As the reviewer says, there isn't a single skip-worthy track on the disc. Julie captures and enraptures the listener from the first track, the lively "I ain't gonna take it anymore" anthem 'Paint and Pillows' to the more somber and subdued finale 'All I Want is You'. In a sense, the album is a cathartic discovery of a woman's self in love and loss, and, as the reviewer also said, be prepared for some heavy, oft-times unhappy material. In fact, most of the songs included on the album are lacking in the happy ending department. But it works out so well, because Julie utilizes her admirable instrument of voice to tap into the feeling and mood of the lyrics she's singing and really connect with her audience. She does so triumphantly, and beneath the surface of sad songs there is a faint glimmer of hope, which Julie exposes with her sultry, gritty alto. As should also be noted, Roberts' vocals have, in fact, grown since her debut. She exercises a great dear more range, especially on songs like the title track, "That Ain't a Crime", and "Mama Don't Cry". She proves that, in addition to her commendable songwriting skills, Julie has an undeniable pair of pipes. This girl can blow.

Highly recommended!
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I liked Julie's debut album, but her new album is LEAPS & BOUNDS better. This album is amazing. Julie has matured as an artist and singer. She knows what works for her emotional alto voice and delivers these new songs with passion, strength, and sadness. Buy this album...you'll be glad you did.
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I really like Julie Roberts first album. I must say her latest album is even better than the first!!!! On her second album, Julie's voice seems more confident and mature. If radio would play her more, any of these songs can become a hit. They are all that good! I really enjoy her remake of Girl Next Door. That one is sure to be a hit!!! If you like the more traditional sound of country, pick up this album. You will not be disappointed. Hopefully this album catapults Julie to the next level in her career! My picks are: Paint and Pillows, Too Damn Young, First to Never Know, Men and Mascara, Girl Next Door! Thank you for an awesome album Julie!!!!
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I picked up Men & Mascara this morning and I am in love! What a great follow up to her first album which was also an amazing find. I have been following Julie ever since I heard her first single "Break Down Here" and I have been a fan ever since.

One of my favorite songs on the new album is "Too Damn Young". What a great song, I feel like I have lived that song!

I give this one way more than 5 stars! I give it 500 stars!
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first i'd like to say i have been a big fan of Julie's since i heard her first single Break Down Here in 2004. She is back again with her sophmore album Men and Mascara. She wrote several songs on this album which makes it more special. Her heartfelt words and her passionate voice comes through and captures your soul.

Many times i will buy a cd and ill skip around because maybe i have to listen to one song over and over, sometimes the whole cd, before i even like it, sometimes it wont even grow on me sometimes it will. But in this case i INSTANTLY fell in LOVE with this cd. I was thinking earlier today that i need to go and buy another one because im always transferring it from the car to the house and perhaps it would just be easier to just have two so i dont forget it if im in a hurry.

Smile is one of my favorites. To me, i see it as lost love and how you feel when he smiles at you. it just reminds me of someone i lost way back when and still have feelings for, so it always brings me back to that time in my life. Too Damn Young is about young love. my favorite line is "he kissed me like he meant forever", but then you cant just read that for it to make sense, the whole song with her passionate voice makes you think about that first kiss/crush and how it made you feel ~ like it was just the two of you and you were going to be together forever. Men and Mascara pretty self explanatory ~ "they always run" ;) so yes it's just about falling in and out of love. Lastly, Girl Next Door (yes the pop version by Columbus Ohio based band Saving Jane) in my opinion is BETTER! she captures the emotion and words as if she had written the song herself.

Again the WHOLE cd is amazing but those are my top songs.
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Julie Roberts is an amazing singer. This album really shows that too. I love the songs Too Damn Young, Men and Mascara, and Girl Next Door. I saw Julie in concert last month and she sang these songs and she did awesome. I can't wait to listen to this CD over and over again!!!
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