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Nicole Atkins: Slow Phaser

Nicole Atkins may have just established herself as “one of the great swaggering women of rock.”

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Nicole Atkins may have just established herself as “one of the great swaggering women of rock,” said Jim Farber in the New York Daily News. “Often on the brink of breaking through” in recent years, the New Jersey singer-songwriter has been forced to work without major-label support on her third album. But only now has she put together “the material and moxie” to earn comparisons to Chrissie Hynde and Debbie Harry. Slow Phaser is “a supercatchy, highly danceable” argument that Columbia let a star slip away. Atkins is “doing more with her voice than she ever has,” said Tris McCall in the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger. On the power ballads here, she still “simultaneously echoes Hynde and Roy Orbison,” but “‘Cool People’ is a purr” and “The Worst Hangover” ends with “an intensely creepy slowdown.” It’s hard to predict that there’s a big audience out there “for a pop-prog-disco hybrid,” but “to her credit, Atkins doesn’t care.” She sounds like she’s just following her own muse.

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