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Nicolette

April 14, 2009 | Format: MP3

$9.49
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 8, 2004
  • Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
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  • Total Length: 38:09
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  • ASIN: B001CVUVQO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,458 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Aage Nielsen on June 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Nicolette Larson was an artist that really connected with people.

The first time I heard "Lotta Love" I was smitten, but the tongue-in-cheek "Rhumba Girl" had me hooked for life. This was one of my favorite albums when I was in high school. I would never have admitted to liking country back then, but "Angels Rejoiced" is so engaging that it defies genre. Although I'm Danish-American, I am also a bit of a Francophile and had just begun studying French when this album came out, so I was thrilled that a pop/country singer would do a song in French! "French Waltz", therefore, has always been an album highlight for me.

Nicolette has been raked over the coals for her versatility. On this stellar solo debut, Nicolette sang pop like a pop singer, country like a country singer and rock like a rock singer.

...anyone heard of Linda Ronstadt or Buffy Sainte-Marie?

My point is that this debut should have come as a surprise to no one. By the time this album came out, Nicolette had extensive backing vocal credits on Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Neil Young albums, to name a few. Nicolette had already proven what a gifted and versatile vocalist she was and was known as a singer's singer. Her pure soprano voice had an accessible quality that few in the business could equal. The only ones that come to mind (with that quality) are Anne Dorthe Michelsen of Denmark and Patrice Rushen.

If your taste leans more to the pop side of Nicolette, (Lotta Love, You Send Me) you should also get my personal favorite, her second album "In the Nick of Time". If you really appreciate the variety on "Nicolette", you might also enjoy Buffy Sainte-Marie's album "She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina", which includes several tracks with Neil Young's band Crazy Horse and songs in French and Spanish.

Nicolette's CDs were long out of print, so get them while you can!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cain Farmer on March 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Propelled by one of that year's biggest singles [the radio-omnipresent "Lotta Love"], Nicolette Larson's freshman LP, "Nicolette," not only went gold [over a half-million units "moved," in Billboard lingo], but also received a veritable standing ovation from critics of the day. The praise was well-deserved, and a wonderful new talent entered the music scene in a very big way ["Lotta Love" was a first single and a top-ten hit, and was one of 1978's most-played and most-bought singles [it ended up, I think, as the 38th most popular single of 1978]].

The trouble with "Nicolette," however, was that the album sufferred from an identity crisis. This identity crisis created a praise-worthy LP, for sure, but resulted in a fickle public that didn't appreciate the many musical shapes/genres presented in "Nicolette," which was to become apparent with the sales of Nicolette's three followup LPs on Warners [which, ironically enough, were all more consistent in voice and musical styles than "Nicolette"]. Pop music customers then, as now, were tempted to try out Nicolette's first LP based purely on how much they liked the album's monster first single, "Lotta Love." But where the critics absolutely loved the entire "Nicolette" presentation, consumers were very much confused listening to the LP's country tracks ["Angels Rejoiced," "Come Early Mornin'"] and rock-slanted tunes ["Can't Get Away from You," "Baby, Don't You Do It"]. Hoping to find "Lotta Love" in the LP's 10 other tracks, buyers were ultimately disappointed when they found country and rock instead of more of the same kind of pop sound that they enjoyed with "Lotta Love.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles - Music Lover on February 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Nicolette Larson was a talented, nuanced vocalist who is greatly missed. Her debut recording was a winner. Released in 1978, the album was an eclectic mix of songs from a diverse group of songwriters: Neil Young, Jesse Winchester, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Burt Bacharach, and Sam Cooke, among others. Out of all of Nicolette's albums, this was always the most accessible to me.

I always maintained that the mix of "Lotta Love" broadcast on AM radio during its chart run was different than the album and single releases (which are the same). I remember a slightly-slowered tempo on the radio mix. I never could substantiate this, though, but that's how I remember it.

My two favorite songs on the disc are Nicolette's interpretations of Adam Mitchell's "French Waltz," which is beautiful, and Bob McDill's "Come Early Morning," which foreshadowed her move to country music a decade later.

P.S. - Update from March 2, 2013 - So, in a thrift store in Phoenix, AZ, I come across a promotional Warner Brothers 12" "disco single" release of "Lotta Love." It's an "extended version," remixed by Jim Burgess, over a minute longer than the track on this disc, and it is the fabled remix of the song I heard on the radio when I was a kid. This is the version of the song that originally attracted me to Nicolette as an artist. I can remember how confused I was when I bought the record originally and heard a different song. This one has a sax solo (as opposed to flute), is a slightly slower tempo, and with male background singers behind Nicolette at times. All mysteries eventually get solved.
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