Play It As It Lays - Patti Scialfa
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  • Summary: E Street Band member and the wife to Bruce Springsteen releases her third solo album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Play It as It Lays is, without doubt, the record where Scialfa gives us the full fruit of her exceptional gift as a writer, a singer, as an artist.
  2. The sharpest, most assured, and best record of her solo career.
  3. 80
    Scialfa's writing wipes away any celeb-gossip patina through the universality of convincing detail. [Oct 2007, p.92]
  4. What makes her third album, Play It As It Lays, much more than another Springsteen-wanna-be project is the insightful female perspective she brings to these ten songs.
  5. 70
    Sultry suits her fine, but when she reaches for the sadness in these self-written songs, she can’t summon the sense of conflict that was embedded in ’50s pop.
  6. 60
    Scialfa's third is the most complete and satisfying of her career, the lyrical candor matched by the open-ended optimism of the band which weaves doo wop, gospel and rockabilly influences into a convincing whole. [Oct 2007, p.102]
  7. Scialfa has surrendered and retreated into singer-songwriter orthodoxy, despite the appealing doo-wop backing vocals of 'Like Any Woman Would' and the lyrical twists of 'Black Ladder.' [Oct 2007, p.105]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. SarahM.
    Oct 21, 2007
    Excellent album from an overlooked and underappreciated singer/songwriter.
  2. AnnJ
    Oct 29, 2007
    Very brave and honest, bittersweet recording that explores the ups and downs of long-term love. Her voice is perfect for these songs--sweet and husky as necessary and boy, the woman sure can write! Expand
  3. JamesT
    Oct 20, 2007
    This is a solid album. I like it better than the last, but not as much as Rumble Doll.
  4. PeterM.
    Dec 4, 2007
    Complex and sophisticated lyrically, interesting arrangements covering a wider range of styles than most singers dare, and catchy tunes. This is an album that will grow on you Expand
  5. MattD.
    Oct 26, 2007
    Does not display the melodic gifts her previous CD has, and her singing is not enough to save the material.
  6. ToddW.
    Oct 25, 2007
    I've never really understood the allure of Patti Scialfa. I mean, next to Julianne Phillips she is obviously lacking both in terms of talent and eye candy quotient. I get the whole 'Jersey girl thing connection with Springsteen, but this addition to his band seems more like a Linda McCartney-type waste of space and spotlight. I never thought she could sing, and this offering only reinforces my belief. Breathless trilling is not my thing. Expand
  7. mickeym.
    Oct 21, 2007
    the singing on this album is like fingernails on a chalkboard.

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