|Patti Scialfa's long-awaited second album, her follow-up to Rumble Doll that's been 11 years in the making. Once again Patti wrote all the songs here, including "Rose" and "Love (Stand Up)," which she previewed for audiences at the Asbury Park holiday shows. Guests on the record include Nils Lofgren, Soozie Tyrell, and Bruce Springsteen. The new album includes 12 new songs plus a limited edition bonus disc with 3 live recordings. They album is co-produced by Patti and Steve Jordan.
The bonus CD includes live versions of "23rd Street Lullaby," "Spanish Dancer," and "As Long As I (Can Be With You)."
This one is a gem!!7/20/2004
I bought her first one 11 years ago and loved it, read some press earlier in the year that she was going to release "23rd street lullaby" and bought it and it hasn't left my cd players (home, work, car) I haven't bought anything this great in many years. She reminds me at times of the soulful Laura Nyro, and of course Ronnie Spector, earthiness of Bonnie Raitt and the street smart sounds of a Rickie Lee Jones, Patti Smith, Garland Jeffries. Great storyteller recalling her earlier days in 70's-80's and her struggles and triumphs and the friends she made along the way. She is as real as they get, hopefully the emotions that are let loose on this masterpiece will reach an audience, this is GREAT ADULT ROCK music with some haunting vocals and a wink of nostalgia for the old days all rolled into a contemporary mix of bluesy, folk/rock. My favorites so far, Yesterdays Child, Rose, You can't go back, City Boys, Young in the City, 23rd street lullaby, Romeo, Stumbling to Bethlehem, State of Grace, Love(stand up), Each others medicine, Chelsea Avenue, well I guess I like them all, give them some time and the songs will sink right into you mind.