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