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Play It As It Lays

Patti ScialfaAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000T98874
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Looking For Elvis
2. Like Any Woman Would
3. Town Called Heartbreak
4. Play Around
5. Rainy Day Man
6. The Word
7. Bad For You
8. Run, Run, Run
9. Play It As It Lays
10. Black Ladder

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Product Description

Play It As It Lays", prodotto dalla stessa Patti assieme all'amico-collaboratore di lunga data Steve Jordan (batterista e apprezzatissimo produttore di, tra gli altri, John Mayer ed Eric Clapton) e a Ron Aniello (Guster, Barenaked Ladies), si trova al crocevia del Rock con RandB, Folk, Blues e Gospel. Un disco straordinariamente contemporaneo capace di conservare l'eco di suggestioni che vanno da The Staples Singers a Al Green, da Laura Nyro a Sly Stone a Creedence Clearwater Revival. 1. Looking For Elvis 2. Like Any Woman Would 3. Town Called Heartbreak 4. Play Around 5. Rainy Day Man 6. Word 7. Bad For You 8. Run Run Run 9. Play It As It Lays 10. Black Ladder

Patti Scialfa can't utter a sentence, let alone issue an entire album, without the world scanning it for Bruce Springsteen-related subtext, so on Play It as It Lays--the sharpest, most assured, and best record of her solo career--she gives up. This beautiful, world-weary record, rich in girl-group harmonies, folk-roots rhythms, and clear-eyed lyrics, gets to the heart of what it means to be in a long-term relationship, whether it's with a rock god or a shoe salesman. There are sacrifices ("Like Any Woman Would"), concessions ("Town Called Heartbreak"), thrills ("Rainy Day Man"), and long spells of casting aside wistfulness and scraping up hope ("Looking for Elvis"). Most of all, though, there is honesty. Scialfa, a longtime E-Street band member and mother to the three Springsteen teenagers, sings these songs in the dark, grainy voice that's distinguished her from the start, but here it takes on a weightier, more lived-in quality. She's as comfortable with this material as she was with her backing band for the project--Willie Weeks, Nils Lofgren, Cliff Carter, and Mr. Springsteen himself all piled into a room in her New Jersey farmhouse for the sessions, christening themselves the Whack Brothers along the way--and it shows. Play It as It Lays is Scialfa's Born in the USA; her masterpiece. --Tammy La Gorce

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Bluesy/Souful Album September 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Would I have ever heard of Patti Scialfa, much less bought a CD by her, were I not already a fan of her husband and his famous backing band? Probably not (although I have to admit that I'm not much of a fan of some of the other Jersey Shore bands who were brought to my attention because of their affiliations with or support from Bruce Springsteen). But that doesn't change the fact that this is an excellent album that demonstrates what a powerful and literate singer/songwriter Patti is. She seems to have toned down the vibratto in her vocals that many people find annoying, and her singing has a definite edge and roughness that fits the material very well. She reminds me of a cross between Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris, but creates a style that stands on its own independent of any comparisons. "Waiting for Elvis" would make a very good single if artists of Patti and her husband got any regular radio airplay anymore, but the whole album is very accessible and listenable with no filler to be found. I would love to see Patti on her own tour, or have her sing some of these songs on an E Street Band tour. I'd also like for Bruce and Patti to do a "duet" album together, rather than just making background appearances on one another's records. Live renditions of songs like "Mansion on the Hill" and "If I Should Fall Behind" prove that they have great chemistry and that they can achieve gorgeous harmonies. Regardless of your opinions about Bruce Springsteen, however, don't let your views about how she may have gotten a recording contract jade you or prevent you from enjoying what is a genuinely fine album.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!! September 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Give Patti the attention she is due!!! This new CD is clearly another outstanding example of Patti's gift, in her own right, as singer and songwriter! Simply put, I LOVE IT!

Beautifully crafted tunes with real lyrics, and layered musical composition, Patti delivers her own magic with her unique style. Upbeat and rocking or pensive and introspective, she draws you in and takes you on her journeys. This is one smart and sensitive woman who embraces her experiences and shares them with us through her music! How lucky we are!

"Play It As It Lays", the CD and the song itself, is full of promise and wisdom - "Like Any Woman Would" - boy can I relate...

Messages full of fire and grace, Patti puts it down for all to hear and you won't be sorry for the listening!!! Oh yes, and the band is full of amazing talent as well!!!

So listen up and beware the nay-sayers who judge her on anything other than her own musical merits!

Thank you, Patti, for a great ride!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD from an often overlooked singer/songwriter September 6, 2007
By Sally
Format:Audio CD
I was so excited to find out that Patti Scialfa was releasing a third CD, that I was worried I might be disappointed ultimately. Not to worry. This is a fantastic CD. With each CD, she changes her perspective some. "23rd Street Lullaby" was told by a woman looking back at her past and how that past had helped to make her the person she had become. On "Play it As It Lays," the woman is a little more world-weary, battered around by life and love, but still optimistic. Her lyrics are like poetry and reflect some of the very things I, a long-married, middle aged mother of teenagers, often think about my life and relationships. She's really put my thoughts into words, and done it beautifully. Also, I love her singing voice; it's tender and tough, playful and sad. Extremely interesting. Like her famous husband said, it's "sawdust and sugar."

Favorite tracks are "Looking for Elvis," "Like Any Woman Would," "Town Called Heartbreak, "Run,Run,Run," and the hauntingly beautiful "Play It As It Lays." I love the message of "Play It As It Lays," that no relationship is perfect, you take the good with the bad and because you love the person, you play it as it lays. The chorus is so beautiful.

I highly recommend this CD. Also recommend Rumble Doll and 23rd Street Lullaby.

PS--I don't know how anyone can say they cannot understand the lyrics. I had no trouble. What I heard was eloquent. I also don't see how anyone can say she wouldn't have a recording contract if it weren't for Bruce. She had this contract BEFORE she was even involved with Bruce, i.e. since the early 1980s.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic September 13, 2007
By MChaf
Format:Audio CD
Patti's CD is both soulful and sassy. Her gifted talents as a musician, songwriter, and producer reveal her unique style and ability to write songs that draw us in. I absolutely love "Play It As It Lays " and "Play Around" but I find that all of her songs combined with her beautiful, dynamic voice, make listening to such great fun. She is a rare musician who sings and speaks to us straight from the heart and truly reflects her genuine nature. This CD proves that it is about time Patti be recognized for her own merits!!! Listen and enjoy!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Patti delivers a fine collection of songs. September 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
First of all I am no music critic, I simply love music. I believe Scialfa has delivered her best album to date. This is an album full of well crafted songs delivered well with first class arrangements.
This album is not by Mrs Springsteen, this artist is Patti Scialfa.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Stellar Recording September 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have never actually suffered waiting for an album to come out, so this was a brand-new experience for me. At the moment, I'm feeling not so much happy or sad as just plain relieved! The waiting was becoming insufferable! I am a huge fan of Patti Scialfa's solo work. Rumble Doll is my all-time favorite album by ANY artist (which to this day remains a mystery, even to myself, since most people have never even heard of it.) Each of Patti's albums is completely different, and this one follows that trend. It is much more R&B/blues-oriented than her first two. Personally, I am more into pop/rock, so I will have to wait and see whether this album grows on me to the point of obsession as her first two albums have done. The recording itself is first-rate. Her singing has never been stronger or more soulful, and the musicians backing her are obviously the best in the business. Time alone will tell whether I will still be reaching for this CD years from now when I go outside for my daily walk (as I routinely do with her other two albums). For the moment, I am giving it FIVE STARS for a single track, the title track, "Play It As It Lays." The reason being that when I listened to this song for the very first time I cried like a baby. I don't think I've ever done that before, listened to a brand-new song for the first time and cried. It is quite beautiful, perhaps even surpassing "Spanish Dancer" (from Rumble Doll) to become what may henceforth be known as her signature song. Imagine if Patti's husband came back 20 years later and wrote another "Thunder Road," only even better, deeper, more profound. That is the effect that "Play It As It Lays" is likely to have on Rumble Doll fans. So get out the Kleenex!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Kick back southern slow soul. ie.) sensuous
This lady is good. I discovered her solo efforts way to late after hearing her on Bruce Springsteen's albums. She has a nice, cool, Southern Comfort sound to her style. Read more
Published 4 months ago by H. Novotny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vocals and song selection!
This is as good or better then Rumble Doll and I really liked that album. Wish Patti would record more albums.
Published 4 months ago by A. M. Komomua
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the others...
FANTASTIC. I love all Patti Scailfa's music. There's not one album that isn't great. I just wish there were more!
Published 12 months ago by Linda Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Patti is the bomb
I backed into the 1st PS album by accident, I now own all three. Lets be honest.... she writes wonderful songs, and she sings the way most people wish they could. Read more
Published 16 months ago by j dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely surprise
I've considered buying this ever since the CD was released, but never quite got around to actually purchasing it until now (2012). So glad I finally did! Read more
Published 24 months ago by Andrea M Canfield
5.0 out of 5 stars PATTI SCIALFA
Published on January 30, 2010 by Deniel Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice, intriguing songs
I am a new fan of Patti Scialfa's and I am very glad to have discovered her earthy, sensual, intelligent, catchy music. Read more
Published on September 22, 2009 by Kim Hogan
3.0 out of 5 stars Just an o.k. cd
patti does her best to follow in the footsteps of her famous hubby, but there seems to be something lacking in her music. Read more
Published on January 27, 2009 by Toni Christiansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this woman a mega, superstar?
OMG, a friend had this CD playing in her car and I had to buy it. I loved it so much I bought it and her two other albums. Why isn't this woman a superstar? Read more
Published on January 25, 2009 by NewJerseyRocks
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the dark side; stories for women
I had to repost the reviews and response to another reviewer on glide (dot) com on 9.18.07. I'm finally listening to this CD and it's got so many fine tracks, and the lyrics are... Read more
Published on July 8, 2008 by Catherine Todd
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