Single Review – Nicole Atkins – Girl You Look Amazing

Nicole Atkins from Neptune in New Jersey released her third studio album entitled Slow Phase to a great reaction and a deserved one at that. This is justified further in how she will be supporting Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on their North American tour, but before that she is playing four dates in the U.K next month. She plays in Manchester on the 2nd, Edinburgh on the 4th, Bristol on the 6th and London on the 7th. Her latest single from her third album is ‘Girl You Look Amazing’. It’s has a solid bass groove and the snappy percussion give it an infectious rhythm. Nicole’s vocals are the driving force of this song however. She has an earthy and rich vocal with a range that she utilises in this track. The lower tones of the verses and the rise and fall of the chorus which she pulls off brilliantly to mould a pop-like and playful vocal which leads to an all round fun and exciting track. Lyrically she talks of how it came to her in a dream. “It was being played in a big dance club and David Byrne was singing it. I woke up and recorded it into my phone. It took a while to figure out what “girl, you look amazing” could mean, as I’ve never been one to be that positive. So I wrote it about a girl who is the last one to shut the party down. Whose life is just an absolute mess. She might look amazing, but she misses all the real things that used to make her happy.” That added lyrical dimension to the song entangles deeper undertones and messages to the fun and exiting musical elements. To pull it off so well is one of the tell-tale signs of an accomplished artist.

Image from buzzworthy.mtv.com 

Video for Girl You Look Amazing http://www.vevo.com/watch/nicole-atkins/girl-you-look-amazing/QMCX81400001

Nicole Atkins and Arc Iris May tour dates 
Fri2nd  ManchesterNight & Day

 

Sun4th Edinburgh* Sneaky Pete’s 
 
Tues6th  BristolLouisiana
 
Wed7th LondonBush Hall
* Edinburgh show is Nicole Atkins only 

 

 

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