December 14, 2006


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Cookie Cutter Girl, Ham For the Holidays
Cookie Cutter Records, 2006

There's a purpose behind local kookpot-hottie Lynn Julian's dressing up like Wonder Woman and making cartoon strips about herself, but you have to come out and ask, because her marketing methods at this point are sort of All Your Base Are Belong To Us. What's driven the Ipswich native to hole up in Boston is her need to write songs, and her ability to do so is at times Billboard-level, all the more noteworthy in that her voice Xeroxes Shania Twain's in nearly every aspect. The five holiday tunes here are wild stabs at comedy, ranging from the Tickle Me Elmo-esque title track (it's a turkey singing his holiday wish, get it?) to a boneheaded song about gaseous excretions being made of "superball stuff." Nearly all the songs need a big hook coming out from stage left and ending them, as they go on a bit long, but Julian's still feeling out her trip, the end goal of which is becoming a sort of rock n roll Florence Nightingale, touring the children's wards of the country's hospitals and cheering them up. B-

Eric W. Saeger