Nicole Atkins – Sleepwalking

I’ve had a weak spot for Nicole Atkins ever since her debut album Neptune City from 10 years ago. Songs like The Way It Is (that must have been an inspiration for Lana Del Rey) and Maybe Tonight struck me immediately and still stop me in my tracks when they come shuffling by on my Carte Blanche Classics playlist (radio never really caught up on her, alas). Her second long player Mondo Amore brought us Cry Cry Cry and her third album Slow Phaser contained Who Killed The Moonlight?

On her brand new record Goodnight Rhonda Lee, Atkins continues to melt crooner music, Americana, blues, country, pop noir and soul into her own distinguished sound. The opening track A Little Crazy was co-written by Chris Isaak (and sounds like it), but the most soulful track on the album, Sleepwalking, is her new single. You can almost hear the Love Boat cruise by…

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