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Album Review

Rumble Doll proves that Patti Scialfa is more than a beautiful redhead with good connections. The 12 songs on the album don't necessarily jump out at the listener on the first listen. Instead, it's more of a slow seduction. Scialfa, who penned all the songs on the album, incorporates a '60s-style vibrato reminiscent of Ronnie Spector; however, the production is low-key compared to '60s girl singers produced by Phil Spector. There's not a bad song in the bunch, and the title track is a gem. Mr. Scialfa is a lucky man to have such a lovely and talented wife.

Customer Reviews

Rumble Doll is a Jewel!!

I listen to music from all over the world and somehow I missed this gem. I saw Bruce and Patti together on the Born in the USA tour and on the Seeger Session videos but I didn't have any idea she was this good on her own!! She sounds like a mix of Shania Twain and Lucinda Williams to me. All three of them have a unique sound with a big musical impact. I just bought the album and have already listened to it many times. Listening to it brought out many thoughts and emotions which the best songs will do. I really like the whole album but my favorites are "come tomorrow" and "as long as I can be with you". Thanks for the great music Patti!!

Patti shines on Rumble Doll

Patti channels Ronnie Specter through "Tunnel of Love" era Springsteen. In the early '60's there were girls in junior high that had bee-hive hairdo's and wore tight sweaters and spent most of the bus rides home from school in the back seat of the bus making out with their boyfriends. Daring to look would get me smacked by some guy in a leather jacket and a bad complexion for whom 9th grade had been the toughest three years of his life. Patti echos that time and place. She perfroms a snippet of this song on Bruce's Live in New York City DVD during band introductions of "10th Avenue Freeze Out".

Better Than Bruce last 15 years

I've listened to this album a zillion times. Over and Over. Absolutely love it. I rate it as high as Lucinda Williams break out album (Gravel Road). I'm a guy and usually don't like too many female chicky music. Yet I love this album! Not that I tell my buddies this. Unfortunately, the CD is stuck in my trucks broken 6 player and I can't retrieve I'm buying it again many years later. Personally, I think it might be better than anything Bruce has made since she made this album. Rumble Doll Rocks!


Born: July 29, 1954 in Long Branch, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Until she started releasing her own albums, New Jersey singer/songwriter Patti Scialfa was best known as a backing vocalist for her husband Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Scialfa began her musical career after she graduated from NYU. She took to busking in Sheridan Square in the center of Greenwich Village. She began playing on the Big Appple's club scene in the early '80s and sang backup for rock acts on tour and in the studio, including David Johansen, the Rolling Stones, and Southside Johnny...
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