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Neptune City

Nicole AtkinsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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"This is the record I've been wanting to make since I was 12," says Nicole Atkins. "It has so many layers, it's able to do whatever it wants without defining itself as one thing."

It's been a tumultuous three years since the release of Atkins' acclaimed 2007 debut, Neptune City, but the wait has proved worth it. Mondo Amore is a courageous, provocative ... Read more in Amazon's Nicole Atkins Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Int / Red Ink
  • ASIN: B000RIWAXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2007 album from the New Jersey singer/songwriter, a native of Neptune City, located a stones throw from fabled Asbury Park. Nicole was that kid slightly out of touch. When her friends were collecting the latest New Kids on the Block album, she was raving about Traffic or Cream. She played for three years with the North Carolina Alt-Country band Los Parasols before making a name for herself as a solo performer on New York City's Anti-Folk scene. Her music ranges far afield: at some times Vaudevillian, at others Psychedelic, a little bit Country, a dash from early musicals, all under a cloud of Pop-Noir, often all coming in the very same song. Atkins writes songs that could have come from an episode of Six Feet Under, or an updating of Grease, as directed by David Lynch.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By eric_f
Format:Audio CD
As my review title says, this album is "interesting" to say the least. I'm not sure I could even write an in-depth review here, because Nicole's style is so unique. But I'll try to describe her music as a cross between Janis Joplin and Fiona Apple, with a twist of 50's retro and a sprinkle of goth for seasoning. If you saw her on David Letterman last night then you have some idea of Neptune City.

As I also say in my review title, this is for eclectic music lovers only. Anyone wanting an instantly-accessible Top-40 album have come to the wrong place. But after listening to this a few times I can definitely dig it. Nicole has a great voice, which compliments the songs well.

All in all, I'd say give it a shot if you're in the mood for something different.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole Atkins is here November 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
On Neptune City, Jersey girl Nicole Atkins summons the iconographic spirits of Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn, lets them live inside her, and proceeds to transcend them into what we hear on this record. In this genre-less record of darkly psychedelic Jersey-shore romanticism, Nicole Atkins throws her hat into that ring of artists managing to straddle the fence-line between indie and mainstream credibility and ends up being sucessful in this pursuit.

The first thing that will strike you upon first listen is the voice, and its willingness and ability to go anywhere the music drives it to. No one worth his salt would ever accuse Atkins of having a voice without merit, and in the immaculate melodies found here it's on display in its finest form. I dare anyone to stand unmoved when listening to the chorus of "The Way It Is" I dare you. "Cool Enough" functions beautifully as the hypothetical female response to Born to Run, what Wendy might have been saying to that grand proposition. It's on this track, along with several others, Atkins displays what may be described as commanding vulernability. The title track is wholly soaked in its own dirty water bitter nostalgia. But Atkins isn't above belting crazy-infectious pop. "Maybe Tonight" encapsulates the restless hope that permeates the entire record. By the time the chorus hits, you are forced into the corner that demands you be either crushed by the broken promises or lifted up despite them.

Nicole Atkins emerges triumphant as a singular sound on her first album. Look, it's just a really great CD and you should buy it. She's the real thing. Let her in and find out what happens next.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole Atkins: Catch Her...If You Can November 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
After a half year's delay, Nicole Atkins and the Sea's long-awaited official major-label debut, Neptune City, is finally here. Those of you who are familiar with her prior EPs, 2004's Party's Over and last year's Bleeding Diamonds, have heard many of these songs before, but this time, they've received star treatment from producer Tore Johansson (New Order, Franz Ferdinand), a host of studio musicians, and finishing touches provided by none other than mixman extraordinaire Rick Rubin (the cause of the delay...I think I'd delay my record too if Rubin wanted to get his mitts on it). Old fans, I urge you not to miss out, and potential new fans, you've gotta get this record.

If you're in the latter group, with a glance at Atkins' striking yet unsmiling face peering out at you from the cover's dreamy, pasteled artwork, you might readily dismiss her as just another lightweight chick singer-songwriter. Don't do it. Nicole Atkins will connect with you. No matter how hard you try to distance yourself, her lyrics reach into your psyche and say, "Hey! I've been there, too. And it's okay. You'll be fine. Just look at me. I turned out all right; you will, too!"

Atkins' music has been described as soaring, and this CD is no exception. Johansson rightly supports her very big voice with lush arrangements and equally big sound. It's very Phil Spectoresque, especially on tracks like "The Way It Is" and "Party's Over." The stripped-down version of "War Torn" on Bleeding Diamonds bears very little resemblance to the version here.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great new voice November 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I had an advance copy of this CD since August, so I was very familiar with the songs when I saw Ms. Atkins and her band, the Sea, at a small club a few weeks ago. I've described her sound as "if Lesley Gore and Roy Orbison had a daughter" - both in terms of the retro feel of such tracks as "Maybe Tonight", and the amazing vocal range which is no studio creation. Other standouts are "The Way It Is", "Neptune City" and "Brooklyn's On Fire". I would have given this 5 stars but for "Love Surreal", which is done much better live.

Ms. Atkins is an amazingly talented, personable young woman who deserves to be heard by a wide audience. The fact that her music defies categorization will probably prevent this, but I'm pulling for her all the same. And yes, I bought the "official" release too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Playing This One.. December 17, 2007
By K.
Format:Audio CD
Every few months I find a CD that sort of becomes enshrined in my CD player and Ipod. This is now the case for Nicole Atkins and her album Neptune City. I literally have to listen to this one a few times every day. It's truly such an amazing creative endeavor. I had not heard of Nicole Atkins before seeing her CD in Borders and, being beguiled by the unique cover art, I decided to listen to the samples. Honestly, the samples didn't grab me, but after listening to The Way It Is in its entirety on the internet, I went back to Borders and got this one, and it's been in constant rotation ever since. I love Nicole's raspy yet youthful voice and how she uses it to express the deepest place of each song. The lyrics and the arrangements are dark yet hopeful, and even though there are melancholic undercurrents in each song, they make you feel so alive. This is also such a brilliant coming together of vintage and modern sound.
I am really happy to have found an artist that confirms that there is still awesome music out there just waiting to be heard. I hope Nicole's career and creative energy continues to flourish, and she keeps the great music coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong vocals
I'd heard a number "Neptune City" songs on satellite and internet radio. Nicole's songs have the strength of vocals, melody and musicality to fit in with many of the songs... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. K. Saur
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
This album gets better every time I listen to it. Great voice, great songwriting, great production. Do yourself a favor, and buy it!
Published 8 months ago by Adam Gloss
5.0 out of 5 stars In heavy rotation, part 2
Same as Mondo Amore, I'm always playing this album. Good thing you can't wear out digital music. Nicole's songs about her neighborhood really make you feel like you're there.
Published 9 months ago by N. Case
5.0 out of 5 stars You MUST HAVE this CD in your collection
This CD has blown me away, it's as simple as that. I bought it after seeing it reviewed and strongly recommended on CBS Sunday Morning, and dropped it into my CD player the day it... Read more
Published on July 1, 2011 by Steven R. Molla
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Title Song
Pretty good collection by a really good songstress. No dogs on this album at all and a couple of them are real gems IMHO. Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by WonderBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole Atkins rocks my world
Two to three years ago I was living in Philadelphia, and I tried to go to as many local concerts/shows as possible... Read more
Published on April 20, 2011 by Anthony R. Difiore
4.0 out of 5 stars A up and comer.
Why do Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera get all the headlines, when this girl Nicole Atkins can sing circles around the both of 'em. "Neptune City", is a nice little album. Read more
Published on December 14, 2010 by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole Live
Just saw her live in a small venue in Brooklyn, and she was incredible. Listening to her, you can hear many influences from the great artists of the past, but she is no poser... Read more
Published on September 18, 2010 by Bix Fuji
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album in 20 years.
This is how songs should be constructed and arranged. She's the Mozart of our time.
Published on January 17, 2010 by J. K. Peffers
3.0 out of 5 stars live
shes way better live i listen to the cd and just imagine her performing live its just not the same theirs no charm
Published on December 16, 2009 by Joshua J. Martinez
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