New Jersey Stage 2017: Issue 6 - Page 116

My favorite number is the Springfield-like strut of “Darkness Falls So Quiet,” a moody, Muscle Shoals-inspired horn track with a touch Bobbi Gentry’s down- home soul. All of the soulfulness of “Goodnight Rhonda Lee” would make Sounds of Asbury Park archi- tects Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt proud, especially this track because it stirs up the same emotions as “Candy’s Room” from Springsteen’s 1978 classic “Dark- ness on the Edge of Town.” Everyone, especially anxious high school and college kids, can benefit from the message of the Candi Staton-flavored “Listen Up”: “It takes mistakes to grow.” I espe- cially love the line: “I should have listened up when I was young, but I always talked too much.” Born out of a struggle with so- briety and fulfillment, “Goodnight Rhonda Lee” shares some of that emotional and personal tug-of- war on the beautiful piano-and-vi- olin-driven ballad “Colors” and the closing turmoil of “Dream without Pain.” In a bye-bye to bad behav- ior, Dusty Springfield is all over the Spanish-tinged title track with a Listen to “Darkness Falls So Quiet” by Nicole Atkins NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 INDEX 116