About album, Words: "Julie is in effect, a collector of lyrics,
lyrics which are more than just words metered to a melody, lyrics which
possess special grace or insight. His affection for them is evident.
He handles intimate lyrics with the same gentle care you would handle an
infant. And when the words need spirit, you can hardly contain the
vibrations. He does it all and in the process you are confronted
with the man's personal qualities of generosity and warmth which create
the style and power the voice.
"He is some kind of singer." Edward Brown (NBC NEWS)
"One of the best male singers in the business. He's proven himself to be one of the great saloon singers of our time...His honesty and sincerity permit an emotionality virtually unique among male singers...La Rosa is an amazingly easy man to like on stage." Bob Harrington of the New York Post
"Deftly working the room with panache and having fun with the SRO
crowd, La Rosa, whose affinity for lyrics is legendary, sang those familiar
saloon songs. As always, it's his seasoned ability to convey a story
in song that sets him apart. Newcomers can learn a lot observing
such respect for an audience, his lack of ego, and his ability to entertain
without being self-indulgent.
"Anyone familiar with this idiom of music can appreciate the warmth as well as the rough edges that La Rosa brings to the words and the music right out of the same school that spawned Sinatra and Tony Bennett. After 46 years in the business, he's still making his own kind of music -- better than ever." John Hoglund, Bistro Bits, Back Stage. 1996
Julius La Rosa "sang with the easygoing confidence of a raconteur providing illuminating slants on familiar stories... His reading of the James Van Heusen-Johnny Burke ballad 'But Beautiful' was exemplary for the clarity with which it elucidated the lyric's celebration of the varieties of love. 'When the World Was Young,' Philippe Gerald Block and Johnny Mercer's powerful reflection on aging and nostalgia, was given a warm, dry-eyed reading that contrasted sharply with the tear-stained interpretations that the song normally receives." Stephen Holden, New York Times. (Rainbow and Stars)
"...his singing is very direct and unpretentious - he can wrap his voice tenaciously around a melody line and bring out the best in it. He is certainly an equal partner to the song lyric." Stephen Holden, New York Times. (Concert in Carnegie Hall)
Julius La Rosa "sang with the easygoing confidence of a raconteur providing illuminating slants on familiar stories." Stephen Holden, New York Times.
"among the most highly regarded by singers...No singer has clearer diction. His sense of dynamics is unsurpassed. He can shiver the timbers and buzz like a bee." Whitney Balliett, The New Yorker Magazine,
"...his renditions are his own, and so is his style. It's a
warm and friendly style that's as comfortable as well-worn slippers and
as invigorating as a fine brandy. He's engaging, funny and sublimely
touching with a softly sung ballad.
His superb, declarative reading of 'Where Do You Start?' captures the frightful feeling of loss in the dissolution of a relationship, and his rendition of Harry Chapin's 'The Cat's in the Cradle' would bring tears to Scrooge's eyes."
Bob Harrington of the New York Post
"He can take a lyric by Mercer or Hammerstein, nudge it gingerly around the edges, feel the climate of it, test the waters. Then he pounces. Sometimes he bumps it playfully with a wihk of his eye, the way he kids Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's 'Call Me Irresponsible.' Sometimes he flirts with it outrageously, the way he swings Alan Jay Lerner's "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore.' Then, when he's got the tune and the lyrics firmly targeted in the zoom lens of his mind's eye, he moves in for the kill....Taking a variety of moods and tempos, he juices the vitamins from each abbreviated tune until you really get the essence of a great and complicated lyricist's best work." Rex Reed, The New York Observer
"It takes a voice like Julius La Rosa's to effectively place songs directly into your heart." Richard Grudens, Our Town. 1999
"Julius La Rosa is still in the running among the dwindling supply of top balladeers who can express lyrics with feeling and be articulate with his audience -- in other words, a real entertaining pro." Shelly Rothman, Variety
"La Rosa is an assured and powerful performer who has refined a feeling for the lyric to the point of extraordinary mastery. His diction and phrasing are perfect, but there is more than a technical understanding of the words to a song. La Rosa has clearly thought each lyric through and knows ever nuance of the words he sings." Jacques LeSourd, Gannett Westchester Newspapers
"La Rosa delivers it all with respect and easy charm. He even
knows how to turn an occasional blown lyric into infectious entertainment
-- without breaking the continuity of a song.... ('All in Fun') is as lively
witty, internally ingenious as Hart as his best. Julius La Rosa does
it all the justice it deserves -- simply by letting it do its own talking."
Richard M. Sudhalter, N.Y Post