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"This is the record I've been wanting to make since I was 12," says Nicole Atkins. "It has so many layers, it's able to do whatever it wants without defining itself as one thing."

It's been a tumultuous three years since the release of Atkins' acclaimed 2007 debut, Neptune City, but the wait has proved worth it. Mondo Amore is a courageous, provocative ... Read more in Amazon's Nicole Atkins Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00HDUNEKI
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Who Killed the Moonlight?
2. It's Only Chemistry
3. Girl You Look Amazing
4. Cool People
5. We Wait Too Long
6. Red Ropes
7. What do you Know?
8. Gasoline Bride
9. The Worst Hangover
10. SIn Song
11. Above As Below

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A neon noir tour de force of hi-def late-night pop, Slow Phaser marks Nicole Atkins' most ingenious and indelibly modern collection to date. Produced by Tore Johannson - with whom she partnered on her now-classic 2007 debut, Neptune City - the album is a milestone for the acclaimed singer/songwriter, her restless creativity fully realized via the addition of some surprising colors to her already diverse paintbox. Songs like the poptastic 'Girl You Look Amazing' and the sultry 'Red Ropes' positively swirl with day-glo danceability, the bright hues setting Atkins' distinctive creative voice in a brilliant and undeniable new light. Bittersweet yet life affirming, Slow Phaser is Nicole Atkins at her confident and unpredictable best spirited, sexy, and determinedly forward thinking.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 April 2014
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Around seven years ago, when I first saw New Jersey born-and-based Nicole Atkins on “Later… With Jools Holland” promoting songs from her début album, “Neptune City”, I fell in love with her dramatic, symphonic music and dizzyingly romantic themes and expressive, impressive voice. Second album, “Mondo Amore”, was a little more difficult to love, being slightly raw and under-produced (certainly compared to its predecessor) and minus most of the cinematic flourishes of the first. It took me a while to really understand that record, but when I did, I really quite enjoyed it, although not half as much as “Neptune City”. Considering how different Nicole’s first two albums were to each other, I was very interested and, perhaps a little cautious, to hear what her new, third album, “Slow Phaser” was going to be like. Actually, I can throw that caution to the wind, because it really is an absolute joy! The big melodies and grandiose influences are all present and correct, but they have been combined with a slightly more restrained, pop sensibility, curtailing and resisting the arguably overblown excesses of the first album (I absolutely adored it), but regaining the playfulness and sparkle which seemed to have been slightly lost on the second volume. It’s a perfect compromise.

There really are some superb songs on offer here. The darkly shimmering “Who Killed The Moonlight” kicks off the album fantastically, a clever and irresistible slice of perfect pop, and is followed with the equally brilliant, country-tinged “It’s Only Chemistry”, both songs boasting the trademark Atkins dramatic flair.
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I just love her voice and phrasing - and the way she slides between notes but have always felt her material -with some notable exceptions - have not shown her true potential. This album is not really a must-play-it again collection but sone nice moments and definitely better than her last CD. I am sure she would benefit from playing and collaborating with some more talented musicians
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patroller1 on 29 Jun 2014
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A good album with some really good, catchy tunes but I feel her voice has been lost in swathes of flat production.
This one hasn't grabbed me at all after repeated listens. Her last two albums I could really lose myself in. Im so disappointed to be honest because I adore her stuff.
Dont get me wrong, it is a good album, just not as good as her previous two masterpieces!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Dawson on 4 Feb 2014
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Another fantastic album by Nicole Atkins! I think this is my favorite album by her so far (and i love the previous 2)
Great songs from beginning to end, it's one of the best albums I have heard for a while.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Here is a truly original songwriter and artist 4 Mar 2014
By Thomas Gabuzda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Originally intending to merely grab "Girl You Look Amazing", I sampled more of the album and wound up buying the whole thing.... an excellent decision because this is jammed with good stuff that is extinct from "state of the art", over-processed, auto-tuned, mechanical dreck aka modern pop. Catchy, biting lyrics ; diverse instrumentation, played on real instruments no less! ; original arrangements which don't merely conform to industry formulae ; superb soulful singing not utilizing --nor requiring-- auto-tune ; a complete album of quality songs from top to bottom. Here is an original and inventive new(er) artist who seems determined to truly be ARTIST (rather than cash cow for music shills) and create a legacy.
P.S. note the track "Above as Below" -- a ballad of absolutely stunning beauty, a track I would pay $10 for alone.
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Unexpectedly - Nicole's Best Album to Date 7 Feb 2014
By Jason S. Stokar - Published on Amazon.com
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Nicole Atkins has always placed a strong accentuation on production, so describing her as a "singer-songwriter" is somewhat of an oversimplification. On her debut album, "Neptune City," the songwriting was good but was overshadowed by the deliberately cinematic instrumentation of the record production. The cavalry of noise made the tracks feel a bit too crowded. Sure it was impressive and different to anything else out at the time, but it wasn't the right fit for her as a vocalist and artist.

On her sophomore effort, "Mondo Amore" - that dynamic was reversed. Like with her debut, she nailed the melodies and the lyrics, but the backing music felt too dry and incomplete. And for that reason, it didn't live up to it's predecessor.

Enter 2014's "Slow Phaser" - the bowl of porridge which will satiate Goldilocks' appetite. Her songwriting here is better than it's ever been. The recording and composition of the tracks are dark, evocative and gorgeous. For instance, on "Gasoline Bride" she describes herself as a scorned lover with "hair on fire walking down the aisle". Earlier in the record, on the track "We Wait Too Long," Atkins offers a different sound than anything else she's ever put out, a bass-heavy gem that stays mild throughout. Each track is the perfect timing, making the album easy to listen through on repeat without feeling impatient or bored.

On this record, she gets it right. She's found the right balance of songwriting, production and sequencing. That makes this one her best yet.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of the most beautiful voices around 25 Feb 2014
By William Jens Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good effort, but I think nothing Nicole Atkins has done since "Neptune City" has surpassed that excellent album. The music is fine but seems overproduced, at times overwhelming Atkins' voice. Having said all this, "Slow Phaser" has some very fine music and well-written songs and Atkins' voice is in fine form. I recommend this album to all Nicole Atkins fans. If you're new to this excellent singer, introduce yourself to her with "Neptune City."
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A VOICE AND TALENT FOR THE AGES 26 Feb 2014
By EMC - Published on Amazon.com
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A talent like Nicole Atkins comes along once in a lifetime. "Slow Phaser" should be at the top of the charts but sadly the crap that passes for music nowadays is there instead. Not that the charts mean anything now. Nicole's powerful voice grabs you and refuses to let you go from the first song to the last. It hits you like a thousand lonesome souls crying in the night and takes you where no other voice can take you. "Slow Phaser" might just be her finest album to date but do check out her other releases. The only bad thing about the album is that it ends so set your cd player on repeat and make a day of it! If you like Neko Case you'll love Nicole Atkins.
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Star Singer, Star Production 22 Feb 2014
By Fatima Bahloul - Published on Amazon.com
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This may be Atkins at her best. The album is beautifully produced with various layers of sound. Atkins' vocals are as strong as ever and the music drives us through the 1970s with style and elegance.
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