Patti Scialfa - Play It As It Lays

Play It as It Laysis Patti Scialfa's third album. It's also her best. More than her previous releases this one shows her musical roots are deeply embedded in the Asbury Park sound.

Soulful, bluesy music, delivered with grit.

Amongst her musical collaborators in the studio were Steve Jordan, Nils Lofgren, Soozie Tyrell and her husband, Bruce Springsteen.

None of them overshadow the terrific songs she wrote for this album or her passionate vocals. They all play with fire though, especially Nils whose trademark guitar sound is on full display through several tracks.

More fully realized than her previous efforts "Play It Where It Lays" also begs and rewards repeated listening. Layers of sound become more apparent with each subsequent listen.

Hopefully during a break from her touring duties with the E Street Band she'll get the chance to take these songs on the road with her own show, they would surely flourish in that setting.