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More than a decade after releasing her solo debut, Rumble Doll, the artist sometimes known as Mrs. Bruce Springsteen returns with an album that's much more confident -- yet not without twinges of the ingenuousness of her initial foray. Long before she was an Asbury Park insider, Scialfa was a Jersey girl with a yen for busking on the streets of Manhattan -- a persona that pops up in songs like the sassy "City Boys" and the more wistful "Romeo" one of several tunes to feature Soozie Tyrell's harmony vocals. Despite the presence of such compatriots as Nils Lofgren and her better-known half, the arrangements on 23rd Street Lullaby are, by and large, more elegant than they...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
More than a decade after releasing her solo debut, Rumble Doll, the artist sometimes known as Mrs. Bruce Springsteen returns with an album that's much more confident -- yet not without twinges of the ingenuousness of her initial foray. Long before she was an Asbury Park insider, Scialfa was a Jersey girl with a yen for busking on the streets of Manhattan -- a persona that pops up in songs like the sassy "City Boys" and the more wistful "Romeo" one of several tunes to feature Soozie Tyrell's harmony vocals. Despite the presence of such compatriots as Nils Lofgren and her better-known half, the arrangements on 23rd Street Lullaby are, by and large, more elegant than they are rock-oriented: The string-laced title track has a bit of a Rickie Lee Jones vibe, with Scialfa slithering between notes rather than taking the over-the-top route. Similarly, the spare, piano-driven "Young in the City" comes across as something of an elegy, thanks to Scialfa's methodical-but-sweet delivery. At times, her reminiscences about the days of yore can be a bit cloying, but those with a soft spot for -- or a stake in -- nostalgia for '70s-era coming-of-age tales will surely be comforted by this Lullaby.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On 23rd Street Lullaby as on her 1993 debut, Rumble Doll, songwriter Patti Scialfa walks a tightrope between the optimistic, street-corner rootsy rock & roll of Dion, Laura Nyro, Doc Pomus, and Garland Jeffreys and the sober, prickly modern visions of true believers like Melissa Etheridge, Sam Phillips, and Mike Ness. This is a labyrinthine album. Scialfa's characters live in the broken space between the heady promises of youth and the struggle to maintain idealism, faith, creativity, and hope when facing disappointment and compromise in adult life. It's a love letter to the fun and excess of youth, but also a look at how original aspirations play out in life. Its songs delve deep into that mystery and emerge understanding the difference between the value in bittersweet memory and the bitter trap of nostalgia. Scialfa's musical cast includes Marc Ribot, Jane Scapantoni, Clifford Carter, Nils Lofgren, Larry Campbell, Willie Weeks, Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, John Medeski, and husband Bruce Springsteen. Co-produced with Steve Jordan, 23rd Street Lullaby wears rock's classic iconography on its sleeve -- sonically, melodically, and lyrically. Its sound is full of elegant textures and slippery beats: there are doo wop choruses and moody keyboards; graceful strings; countrified strummed acoustic and edgy electric guitars; and popping, jazzed-up cadences as well as pensive spaces and pop hooks. Scialfa's lyrics and melodies are deceptively simple and immediately accessible, but they open into swirling wells of emotion carried in the cradle of reminiscence and the heart of desire. The title cut hits the groove running. Scialfa's protagonist offers the promise of a playful seduction with delight; there is no guilt here, only pronounced and playful want: "Come on darling...Oh my my/You want to hear my 23rd Street lullaby/Got a bottle of wine...got a bag of tricks/There's place for you under my fingertips...." Framed by piano, strings, and B-3, the skittering snare puts the guitars in the pocket. The mischievousness is countered on "You Can't Go Back," which struts itself open with the chord changes from Lou Reed's "Walk On the Walk Side." But it moves off, down into the weight of a life that seeks the ghosts of its past as a way of accepting the present and saying "yes" no matter what. In the doo wop backing vocals it touches on history, but as part of the fabric of a thoroughly modern pop song. The haunting Americana on "Stumbling to Bethlehem" used in the TV show Joan of Arcadia is the album's hinge; using personal inventory, it weighs the cost of guilt and rejects it in favor of the willingness to persevere in order to see what comes next. But desire, past and present, is the undercurrent on 23rd Street Lullaby. In the wounded countryish-rock of "State of Grace," the soft-shuffle of "Chelsea Avenue," and "Young in the City," the poignant ballad that closes the set, desire becomes the link in the chain between faith and hope; it is reflected through the mirror of memory and nurtured by the passionate living of its protagonists. Its author gives listeners a slightly cocky, dreamy view of the past, and balances it with self-effacing humor, grit, sensuality, and reflection; it follows its own way. 23rd Street Lullaby is a wise, grown-up record, yet it is guided by an untamed, wily heart.
Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
In its cleareyed joyfulness and unpretentious appeal, 23rd Street Lullaby evokes a woman not haunted by her past but enriched by it.
Tracks - Allison Stewart
An appealing, tightly knit collection that functions as both a memoir of her pre-E Street life and a valentine to pre-9/11 Manhattan.

In its cleareyed joyfulness and unpretentious appeal, 23rd Street Lullaby evokes a woman not haunted by her past but enriched by it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969037126
  • Catalog Number: 90371

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 23rd Street Lullaby
  2. 2 You Can't Go Back
  3. 3 Rose
  4. 4 City Boys
  5. 5 Love (Stand Up)
  6. 6 Yesterday's Child
  7. 7 Stumbling To Bethlehem
  8. 8 Each Other's Medicine
  9. 9 Romeo
  10. 10 State of Grace
  11. 11 Chelsea Avenue
  12. 12 Young in the City
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patti Scialfa Primary Artist, Organ, Guitar, Harmonium, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Recorder, Vocals, Background Vocals, Pump Organ, Vocal Harmony
Nils Lofgren Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bruce Springsteen Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Marc Ribot Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Tres, Guitar (Nylon String), Guitar (Baritone)
Bobby Bandiera Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Larry Campbell Electric Guitar, Cittern
Greg Cohen Acoustic Bass
Will Lee Bass
Lisa Lowell Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
John Medeski Piano
Soozie Tyrell Violin, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Willie Weeks Bass
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Clifford Carter Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Mellotron, Pump Organ, Wurlitzer
Steve Jordan Bass, Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Drum Loop
Tiffany Andrews Choir, Chorus
Michelle Moore Choir, Chorus
Antoinette More Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Patti Scialfa Songwriter, Composer, Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Roger Moutenot Engineer
Toby Scott Engineer
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Eric Tew Engineer
Steve Jordan Producer
Michelle Holme Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly Recommended New Music....

    I feel the spirit of Laura Nyro, Ricki Lee Jones, Ronnie Spector, even hubby Bruce riding along on this first class collection. So many great cuts "Yesterdays Child" just gets to me with every listen, love the way she gives us that early Ricki Lee Jones style on the opening cut "23rd street lullaby"- Kind of a Lou Reed opening on "You can't go back", love the songs "ROMEO"- "ROSE"-"CITY BLUES"-"STUMBLING TO BETHLEHEM"-the elegance and beauty of "YOUNG IN THE CITY", you'll find so much quality music on this very enjoyable 2nd outing from Patti(its been 11 years since Rumble Doll??) Adult Rock/Pop music I would compare to the excellence that Bonnie Raitt has been dishing out all these years. Soulful, lush, spare at times, haunting, nostalgic harmonies as Patti looks back over the years, some regrets but with hope to the future. This one takes a bit more time to take in but its worth it. Patti is a rare, self assured vocalist with a great set of pipes that grows on you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Patti Scialfa's Serenade

    Patti has her talented friends in tow for her second outing; the musicianship that is displayed here is unmatched. She has a fine, fine voice. One of those rare CDs that you can listen to beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SO GOOD!

    What a haunting, gorgeous voice Ms. Scialfa has! This record is quickly becoming a favorite. Her songwriting is lovely, there is so much nostalgia there, so many pretty harmonies/melodies that you can easily guess why she called this album a lullaby. It sounds so effortless. I hope Ms. Scialfa has much success with this record (and releases another in the future), what a wonderfully fresh set of songs she has crafted here. This is definitely recommended. Perfect for lazy nights at home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rythmic and Nostalgic

    Long awaited 2nd album from scialfa is solid in musicianship but a little flight lyrically. Some of the songs hold beautiful visual vignettes of people and places she has known. Not as compelling as Rumble Doll but still worth the wait. Hopefully it won't take as long for a third album!

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