Italian Ice

Nicole Atkins - Italian Ice
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #316 / 794
User Score
Based on 88 ratings
2020 Ratings: #260
Liked by 3 people
May 29, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Single Lock / Label
Pop Soul / Genres
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American Songwriter

This flawlessly conceived follow-up draws from many of the same influences yet broadens her boundaries. It’s every bit as potent and expertly arranged, putting it in play as an early contender for one of 2020’s finest albums.

The Line of Best Fit

As the next chapter in an unimpeachably reliable catalog, Nicole Atkins couldn’t ask for anything more from Italian Ice, preserving her artistic hallmarks, deepening her emotional lyrical depth, while broadening her stylistic palette.


It's an eclectic set, for sure, but loyal to a nostalgic musicality that doesn't take itself too seriously; there's a bit of a wink and smile to Italian Ice that adds an extra layer of charm.

Under The Radar
The whole album is stuffed with hooks and brilliant ideas. This is peak Nicole Atkins.
What we have is, essentially, a flawless yet anonymous pop-soul record that may as well not have had such an extensive guest list. Rather than all of these guest stars, it might have been prudent to get the best out of just one.
Retro-leaning blue-eyed pop soul is a challenging genre to pull off without coming across as pastiche or revivalism. Nicole Atkins’s 2017 album “Goodnight Rhonda Lee,” while certainly wearing its influences proudly on its sleeve, nonetheless holds up as a strong example of effectively mining these sounds to the benefit of her songs. Her recent followup “Italian Ice” largely follows the same beats, and you can hardly fault her for it. At the end of the day Atkins is ... read more
Thanks just what I needed.
This was surprisingly refreshing.
Nicole Atkins explores many different genres and styles of music and gives some powerful and stunning performances on Italian Ice. This album does suffer from a rough slow start with fhe first four tracks though.
italian ice is a decent pop soul album that i'm more mixed about than anything. it constantly fluctuates between strong, innovative songs and ones that are a lot more bland in my opinion. "domino," "captain," and "these old roses" are highlights.
Genre: Pop Soul
Country: US

Final Verdict: 68% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 110th / 470

Highlight: Domino (added to my 2020 best of)

Made me think of:
The Highwomen
Amy Winehouse
KT Tunstall
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Track List

  1. Am Gold
  2. Mind Eraser
  3. Domino
  4. Forever
  5. Captain (feat. Britt Daniel)
  6. Never Going Home Again
  7. St. Dymphna
  8. Far from Home
  9. A Road to Nowhere
  10. These Old Roses
  11. In the Splinters
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Added on: February 11, 2020