Nicole Atkins has risen to international acclaim due in large part to her unique approach to song composition and collaboration savvy that snags some of the world’s most diverse musicians and producers. That talent, combined with a dark, glimmering style more akin to a David Lynch backdrop than anything in her Garden State heritage, has resulted in Atkins becoming one of New Jersey’s most exclusive and prodigious artists to break out in the last 10 years.
But that galactic status has not come without hard work. Atkins has traversed the major label highways like a veritable vagabond, first landing in the lap of Columbia, then with Sony distributed stalwarts Razor And Tie before breaking rank and coming up with her own successful label model.
While some shortsighted publications refer to Atkins as “off track from her proven past,” I see her as unfettered and free, cruising a wide-open track in a fastback muscle car of multi-directional creativity.
Her latest record, Slow Phaser, has an air of sultry vulnerability mixed with the seasoned and sexy…