- 23rd Street Lullaby
- You Can't Go Back
- City Boys
- Love (Stand Up)
- Yesterday's Child
- Stumbling To Bethlehem
- Each Other's Medicine
- State of Grace
- Chelsea Avenue
- Young in the City
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.
Performance CreditsPatti Scialfa Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Harmonium,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Recorder,Vocals,Background Vocals,Pump Organ,Vocal Harmony
Nils Lofgren Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bruce Springsteen Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Marc Ribot Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,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 CreditsPatti Scialfa Songwriter,Composer,Producer
Roger Moutenot Engineer
Toby Scott Engineer
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Eric Tew Engineer
Steve Jordan Producer
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
23rd Street Lullaby based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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!!
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.
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.
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!