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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole Atkins leaps forward with Mondo Amore amidst struggles, February 27, 2011
This review is from: Mondo Amore (Audio CD)
I cannot believe the negative reviews of this album on here, especially the 1-star review. I listen to a wide variety of music and Mondo Amore has been a constant in my daily rotation since I bought it over a week ago. These songs are anything but bland and boring. This album is different than Neptune City, but it is far, far better. While I like Neptune City a lot and think it was a strong debut, in my opinion it sometimes borders on being overly poppy/produced (it is saved from this by songs like The Way It Is and Neptune City). Mondo Amore is completely different in tone and is more raw. It is clear from the first song that life was a bit troubled for Nicole while writing this album (Columbia Records and she split, she and her long-term boyfriend split, and her band left her). Lucky for us fans, the emotions that accompany life's tribulations often bring out incredible works of art - and that's exactly what this album is.

Admittedly, it is not as easily accessible and radio-friendly as Neptune City. It is a significant change in tone, but the tone works in the album's favor. These songs are well-crafted, incredibly well-written, and most importantly they are moving. The music is catchy without being bubble-gum, and the lyrics are powerful and beautiful. Atkins has an amazing ability to really give the listener insight into her emotional psyche through music, her unbelievable voice and poignant lyrics. Her music on Mondo Amore makes you really feel something; it gives catharsis without relying on played out cliches or unthoughtful lyrics. These songs blend blues, country and rock qualities and come off as original and rich. The production is also superior to its predecessor and allows Nicole's voice to really shine. It is difficult to pick out single songs to highlight, but to me they'd be Vultures, Cry Cry Cry, You Come to Me, My Baby Don't Lie, Heavy Boots and The Tower (yes I realize this is over half the songs on the CD - they're all great). I simply cannot recommend this enough, I haven't been able to stop listening since downloading it. She is no doubt on her way to a successful career.

I also saw Atkins live last week in Boston. If the previous reviewer felt her voice was less than full-strength in Toronto, it was because she was sick, as evidenced by her drinking tea (not Jameson, as she noted) throughout the Boston show. But - she still goes out there and happily puts on outstanding shows. I didn't think her voice suffered at all, she had personality and interacted with the audience throughout. Don't take these lame reviews at face value; buy this and try it out for yourself. And if you have the chance, definitely see her live. The beauty of her voice just cannot be fully experienced through mp3 and she's a delight to watch. She presents high-quality, personally written music - something we don't see enough of these days. Buy Mondo Amore then go see her live! There's a great review of her Boston show in the Boston Globe.
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Initial post: Mar 1, 2011 4:54:55 AM PST
Library GaGa says:
I haven't heard Mondo Amore yet, but I appreciate your review. Nicole Atkins is one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I've seen her a couple times, once in Charlotte before a "crowd" of about thirty! I can't believe a talent as pure as hers isn't as widely known as it should be. I'll be buying Mondo Amore.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 8:18:45 AM PST
So what happened? A great album totally ignored so Lana Del Ray gets in front of the queue? This is why I take less and less notice of ANY positive yakking on any new artist by the press.
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