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Single Lock Records

Released: 29.05.20

 

 

 

 

 

New Jersey-born Nicole Atkins sounds like an artist of another time on this, her fourth record. From the classic AM rock of the aptly titled opener AM Gold with it’s aptly timed message, “People needing people needing people,” to the 70’s MOR funkier aspects of Fleetwood Mac on Domino, again lyrically resonating deeply with the current climes, “Take me in your arms, they’re sounding the alarm.”

Forever is a highlight, though it sounds for all the world like Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time and herein lies the records main problem; most of it we’ve heard before. Atkins’ Nashville residence is all over Never Going Home and from then the album disappears into nice enough but largely forgettable mid-tempo swing.

 

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