What the critics are saying
This sweet collection of whimsical songs has a theatrical bent, perhaps if only because the story-telling is so well-crafted.
With a velvety voice reminiscent of Mel Torme and an ability to deliver like Sammy Davis, Jr, Fleisher’s performance abilities play as much of a star role as his songwriting.
But don’t mistake me, the songwriting is extremely strong. From the imaginative, cleverly fun lyrics of the title track, “Finally” to my tongue-twisting favorite, “What You Need,” to the endearing and lovely, “Nothing Worth Loving,” the collection also includes some wonderful acoustic guitar and full-band accompaniments.
Fleisher also includes covers that showcase his passionate but intimate performance skills.
The 10-track album was written and produced by Fleisher and follows his critically acclaimed Rather Big album. Finally is a bit more understated, but still includes the Julian flair and voice that fans and critics love.Acoustic Nation
Julian Fleisher uses his four-octave vocal range and his stylistic capabilities to perform something for everyone.Culture Craver
Fabulously written and performed!Guitar World
He is the Sizzling Sultan of Swing; sultry, sonorous and sublime.Interior Design Magazine
He lit up our stage like few singers have. His band was on fire.The Waldorf-Astoria
The title of Finally is meant to be taken literally—it’s been 11 years since Julian Fleisher’s last solo album, Rather Big. The stars aligned, and Fleisher and his longtime collaborators selected from the songs that concert audiences had grown to love and request. Unlike the Rather Big Band, which featured a massive horn punch, Finally is largely a literate, melodic collection of songs performed with a lightness of touch. The smiling gait of “When We Grow Up” (which hails from the 70′s children’s album Free to Be You and Me) features college buddy Melissa Haizlip and matches well with “Leaving the Leaving (To You),” where the singer assumes passivity and leaves the details of a breakup to a partner. The classic Duke Ellington tune “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)” stays true to his jazz roots while settling on a “leisurely” pace that’s exactly how it went down live in the studio. By the time the album reaches “Tomorrow”—yes, that “Tomorrow” from Annie—it’s as if Fleisher can get away with anything.iTunes