Goodnight Rhonda Lee, and the added grit and blues were earned. During the three years it took to write Goodnight, Atkins struggled to get sober and moved to Nashville after a lifetime in New Jersey and New York. The title refers to Atkins kissing off her alcoholic alter ego (no matter how much fun that gal was), and first single “Listen Up” doles out tough love about letting go of past mistakes. Recorded live to tape in Forth Worth at the same studio that Leon Bridges used for his debut, the album is warm and spontaneous, Atkins’s voice blunt and utterly likable in its good humor.
Nicole Atkins takes a soulful stance on her fourth album, last summer’s