Nicole Atkins

Goodnight Rhonda Lee

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Jul 25, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear Bookmark and Share


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It's worth buying Goodnight Rhonda Lee just for first single, "A Little Crazy." This lush Roy Orbison-esque lament (co-written with Chris Isaak) is one of the best '60s pop ballads released since the '60s. Its beautiful orchestral arrangement is the perfect soft majestic wonderland for her powerhouse of a voice to soar through. And luckily the record has so much more to offer. A little bit country, a whole lotta soul, from the dirty stomp of "Brokedown Luck" to the breezy pop of "Sleepwalking," a good deal of Goodnight Rhonda Lee would've been at home on '70s pop radio (see especially the Carole King-like "Colors" and the lovely lesson-to-be-had-in-the-lyrics "Listen Up"). The title track brings into focus the theme of the albumthe laying to rest of Atkins' mischievous alter egoand "Goodnight Rhonda Lee" is a definite highlight, a slice of country-tinged pop that instantly has you smiling and nodding along. (www.nicoleatkins.com)

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