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Mondo Amore (Bonus Track Version)

Nicole Atkins

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Nicole Atkins has a powerhouse voice (think Neko Case or Brandi Carlisle) that runs from passionate and gritty to seductive and sultry. On Mondo Amore, her emotionally charged second release, she holds nothing back and gets the most out of her fantastic voice. There are many electrifying moments to savor among these 10 dynamic, well-crafted songs. “Vultures” and “You Were the Devil” are haunting and raw, she works herself, and the band, into a cathartic howl on “The Tower,” and emotes beautifully on the lush piano ballads “Hotel Plaster” and “War Is Hell,” the latter of which features harmony vocals by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. There’s also the scorching country-blues of “My Baby Don’t Lie,” a couple of roots-rock gems in “You Come to Me” and “This Is for Love”), and the exuberant pop of “Cry Cry Cry.” A great band and rich orchestration that includes tremolo guitar, violin, and organ all support the dark mood of the album. This enjoyable follow-up to her impressive debut, Neptune City, is further proof of Atkins’ considerable talent.

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hurts so good

The real magic in Nicole Atkins' music is that it is without time or place.

Mondo Amore is colored with shades of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding. It's an album that sends you barreling down a forgotten desert highway on a stormy night dressed in jeans and a white t-shirt, a-la James Dean. And always at the forefront is that voice--that glorious smoky alto that lingers on the air just long enough to fall across your shoulders like a great black wave. Her last haunted goodbye rendering you powerless to do anything other than let it wash over you again and again.

To have been born from heartache, Mondo Amore hurts so good, and that's the mark of a master songwriter. I hope it sets Nicole's rising star ablaze.

Long Time No Sea

Wonderful follow-up to Neptune. Nicole, we're waiting (impatiently) for your next visit to Philadelphia. But why didn't iTunes feature Mondo Amore more prominently on it's new release page? Get your friends at Razor and Tie to raise a fuss. This is remarkable work. I'm telling all my friends.

A must have for your music library

I think this is Nicole's best work to date.

Biography

Born: October 1, 1978 in Neptune, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With her throaty vibrato and lushly orchestrated pop songs, Nicole Atkins made her debut in 2006, bringing to mind a blend of Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn, and Jenny Lewis. She was raised in Neptune, New Jersey, and relocated to North Carolina during her late teens to study illustration at UNC Charlotte. After befriending members of the Avett Brothers and logging several years with the alt-country band Los Parasols, Atkins briefly returned to the tri-state area, where...
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Mondo Amore (Bonus Track Version), Nicole Atkins
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jan 25, 2011

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