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Geese Over the Triangle

I was so taken with Nicole Atkins‘ performance on the David Letterman show last November that I unabashedly revealed my age by immediately purchasing a physical copy of her latest CD, Neptune City.

You can watch the video here.  Nicole’s band, The Sea, provided impressive backup with cello, violins, grand piano and jingle bells, et al, but Nicole’s voice was like the Southern Pacific Daylight during the Golden Age of Trains. 

Nicole has a gorgeous, strong, emotional and compelling voice that’s been compared with Cass Elliott, Loretta Lynn and Chrissie Hynde – even with Jeff Buckley, Roy Orbison and Rufus Wainright!  Some of Nicole’s songs have an other-worldly, carnival-esque, Brill Building-meets-Wilco sound to them.  I think of Lesley Gore, Connie Francis, Miss Lily Banquette – even Elvis Costello.  In a Rolling Stone interview, Nicole said, “My songs are dark, but you can still do the mashed potato to them.”

Nicole is a muralist by trade and studied painting and illustration at university. Her songs sound like richly colored murals, too. Listen for the stellar line, “In my ears my blood is just roaring.”

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