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 Parkay Quarts — Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth " 06:27
  • 2 Digitalism — Second Chance " 04:53
  • 3 Kiesza — Bad Thing Feat. Joey Bada$$ " 03:32
  • 4 Bob Dylan — 900 Miles from My Home " 02:14

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