NI­COLE ATKINS

UNCUT - - New Albums - RoB HugHeS

Good­night Rhonda Lee SIN­GLE LOCK 7/10 Rousing R&B from re­cent Nashville trans­plant Pro­duc­ers Niles City Sound, fea­tur­ing ex-white Denim men Josh Block and Austin Jenk­ins, are now do­ing for Ni­cole Atkins what they did for Leon Bridges a cou­ple of years back – teas­ing out aching pop­soul bathed in the nos­tal­gic warmth of an­other era. There’s some­thing of “Un­chained Melody” to the very fine “A Lit­tle Crazy”, co-writ­ten with Chris Isaak, plus im­prints of Dusty Spring­field or Carole King in “A Night Of Se­ri­ous Drink­ing” and the brassy, string-soft­ened “Dark­ness Falls So Quiet”. Yet Atkins is also pos­sessed of a sin­gu­lar, torchy voice that floods th­ese songs with gen­uine fer­vour.

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