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Sunday, November 04, 2007


ModMusic: Nicole Atkins

The similarities are clear. They both eschew electronic sounds in their music, and they both wear a postmodern 60's beehive. But if Amy Winehouse is the nu-British Martha Reeves, it could be said that Nicole Atkins is the nu-American Dusty Springfield. Like Winehouse, there's something nostalgic in the music of Atkins, but it is presented in a contemporary atmosphere that gives it, upon repeated listens, an electric, visceral dynamism. If there was any album in 2007 that could stand the tests of time, Atkins' latest, Neptune City, is the one.

It shouldn't be assumed, however, that the two women are clones. Where Winehouse prefers horns, Atkins prefers guitars and strings; while the former sings of brokenhearted longing verging on the psychotic, the Jersey-born, Brooklyn-raised Atkins sings of forgotten places and the possibility of reconciliation. Lyrically, Atkins isn't down for the emotional count; when she sings "together we're both alone, but I don't mind, it's alright," you believe that it actually is. An accomplished musician who's paid dues for years, Atkins may be pushed into the spotlight by the nouveau appeal of her sound...but my guess is, she'll still be making great music long after this current infatuation passes.

Watch The Video:
"Neptune City", Nicole Atkins
"The Way It Is", Nicole Atkins
Download (For One Week):
"Maybe Tonight", Nicole Atkins
"Love Surreal", Nicole Atkins
"Neptune City", Nicole Atkins
Visit: Official Site, Elbo.ws, MySpace, iTunes
Then Buy: Neptune City, Nicole Atkins

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Blogger TP said...

Nice. Kinda reminds me of a more rock-ish version of Pink Martini's China Forbes. I dig.

11/5/07, 12:53 PM  

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