Nicole Atkins

With her rich, powerful voice seemingly built for arenas and a songwriting style that blends rock, folk and psychedelia, Nicole Atkins sings like a headlining star of a bygone era. Because of this, it was a treat to hear her perform within the snug (albeit sparsely attended) setting of the Cosmopolitan’s Book & Stage on May 7. Atkins’ emotionally packed songs, especially those from her most recent album, Mondo Amore, deal with painful issues such as deception and relationships gone wrong, but she even made heartache sound uplifting. The New Jersey-born artist channeled Roy Orbison and PJ Harvey with her haunting delivery, while guitarist Irina Yalkowsky complemented her with some equally expressive slide playing, delivering a deep range of emotional feedback that is deserving of greater acclaim.

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