Mondo Amore

Nicole Atkins

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Proper Associates
April 4, 2011

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Nicole Atkins releases her new album, 'Mondo Amore' through Proper Records.

It's been a tumultuous three years since the release of New Jersey-born Nicole Atkins' acclaimed 2007 debut, "Neptune City", and its follow-up, "Mondo Amore", is a courageous, provocative work, fraught with dramatic tension and sweeping emotion.

"Mondo Amore" has its genesis in a time of extreme turbulence for Atkins, a period which saw her parting ways with her former (major) label, while also dealing with the painful, personal end of "a relationship that should've ended two years before it actually did" with her long-term boyfriend. "Things got weird and dark," she says. "Writing these songs was my way of trying to work out what was happening. I was breaking up with my boyfriend, my original band, and my label, all at the same time."

For "Mondo Amore", Atkins wanted to create a more volatile sound than she had previously attempted, a sonic approach akin to her influences Scott Walker and Nick Cave, whilst also touching on longtime inspirations like the blues, classic 60s psychedelic rock, and the cinematic surreal of David Lynch. Though it was painful, Atkins is strikingly pragmatic about her relationship's end, describing the breakup as "dark and sad and sexy, rather than bitter and pissed." As such, songs like "You Were The Devil" and "War Is Hell" (featuring counterpoint vocals from My Morning Jacket's Jim James) display a deep range of emotional feedback, with Atkins bravely taking ownership of her own role in the scenario.

The loose collective of musicians who assisted Atkins on Mondo Amore has now morphed into a leaner, meaner backing combo, now dubbed The Black Sea. Comprising Yalkowsky, Kay, and drummer Ezra Oklan, the band has given Atkins still more reason to be enthused about her future. As its all-encompassing title suggests, Mondo Amore is a big, bold collection, a grandly romantic song cycle fraught with all the passion, anger, tenderness, and devotion of Atkins' own extraordinary heart.


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Key Value
Catalogue number PASS008
Barcode 0805520300087
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 60g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 8mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Vultures -
2. Cry Cry Cry -
3. Hotel Plaster -
4. You Come To Me -
5. My Baby Don't Lie -
6. This Is For Love -
7. You Were The Devil -
8. War Is Hell -
9. Heavy Boots -
10. The Tower -