Nicole Atkins, 'Mondo Amore' (Razor & Tie)

6
Mondo Amore
Critical Mass
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Label: Razor & Tie

by Mikael Wood

There's no denying Nicole Atkins' voice. If you've ever wondered what Kelly Clarkson would sound like channeling Roy Orbison, this big-lunged Jersey girl provides the oft-thrilling answer. On the follow-up to 2007's terrific Neptune City, though, Atkins trades that album's lush torch-song vibe for scrappier indie-garage arrangements that drain much of the drama and romance from her music. The surprisingly fierce "You Come to Me" fills the void with Sleater-Kinney-style rage, but Mondo Amore's other cuts make Atkins' singing seem more ordinary than it is.

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Ava Luna — Coat Of Shellac " 03:45
  • 2 Young Guv — Ripe 4 Luv " 32:41
  • 3 Big Harp — It's a Shame " 01:57
  • 4 Blood Orange — Delancey " 02:15
  • 5 Gangrene — Play It Cool Feat Samuel T. Herring (of Future Islands) & Earl Sweatshirt " 03:53
  • 6 Jay Electronica — Road To Perdition feat. Jay Z " 03:33
  • 7 Sun Kil Moon — Ali/Spinks 2 " 00:00

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA