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Nicole Atkins – Slow Phaser (album review)

28 Apr

Nicole Atkins Slow Phaser

Recently, during our 24 hour charity blogathon in fact, Nicole Atkins’ latest album, Slow Phaser, was streaming in its entirety online. Despite a strong urge, we had to resist the temptation to just sit and listen to it. We knew that if we did, the blogathon would be detrimentally affected as we’d just want to hear it again and again, and as such our writing would dry up. It was a tough choice but one we’re glad we made as not only did we raise a fair chunk of change for Cancer Research but it meant that we could come back to Nicole at a later date and give Slow Phaser the care and attention it deserved.

Now, having spent a few weeks with the album in the lead up to its UK release we know we made the right choice. The ease with which our finger has slipped to repeat and the CD has been left to simply re-start justifies our decision to wait until the Blogathon was complete before listening properly. There is so much on offer in Atkins third full length release that you will want to pour over it, devour and savour each morsel of this feast of musical tapas.

There are styles aplenty, themes and emotions a go go but most of all, throughout the entire album there is an overwhelming sense of creativity, of imagination and of deep shadowy undercurrents. Woven within each aspect there is always sadness, heartache, melancholy and despair. Even on lead single “Girl You Look Amazing”, which is a disco fuelled dance floor filling lightshow of a song, there is the sadness of a wasted life laid bare for all to see.

There’s pop music, indie, folk, disco, a show tune and even a hymn of sorts; each one sounding as confident and as accomplished as the last. “Cool People” and “We Wait Too Long” in particular are infectious little indie-pop numbers, our favourite (still) “Red Ropes” is a film noir and “It’s Only Chemistry” an alt-folk sing-along anthem.

It’s quality song writing, musicianship and storytelling. It’s dark and twisted, light and breezy and mesmeric. It’s Nicole at her best and it’s right up there with the albums of the year so far.

‘Slow Phaser’ is now out in the UK and available to buy on iTunes.

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Blogathon: Nicole Atkins – “The Worst Hangover”

31 Jan

Nicole Atkins Hangover

Ahh, we’ve just discovered a flaw in our plan to write write write, all night long. The fantastic Nicole Atkins, creator of our favourite song of last year is streaming her brand new album, Slow Phaser in full. Must. Not. Listen. To. Whole. Thing. Again. And. Again. All. Night. Long.

Ok, enough Kirk-speak. No, we are not going to listen to the whole thing just yet, but we have done a quick skim of one or two tracks and its sounding pretty fantastic so far. There are some amazing track names as well, like “Gasoline Bride” and “Who Killed The Moonlight” for example. Another brilliantly titled tune, and the one we have chosen to share with you, is “The Worst Hangover”.

We’re not going to lie, we chose this one because in all honesty, that is how we expect to feel tomorrow morning when this 24 hour charity blogathon is finished; like we have the worst hangover in the world (heck, we’re only halfway and we already feel pretty ropey).

As well as being a premonition, “The Worst Hangover” is a damn fine song, as we’d expect. Part show tune (well, it’s a bit Rocky Horror in places we think – though that could be the tiredness setting in), part quirky Tori Amos ballad, all upbeat and fun it makes nearly dying sound like a great thing to do.

Atkins has said that the album is ”a dark, desert disco rock album made during a year of wandering about in city alleys, broken shores and snowy Viking lands”..

Must. Not. Listen. To. The. Whole. Album. Right. Now…

’Slow Phaser’ is due for release on 4 February (that’s next week!) via Thirty Tigers/ Oh Mercy! And can be pre-ordered here.

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