Nikki Lane has made her sophomore album, All Or Nothin', available to stream via Spotify. The record comes out May 6th on New West Records, but you can stream it above.
The album features a mix of styles ranging from rolling honky-tonk, soft ballads, and southern rock. The opener, "Right Time," features pedal steel guitar backing up the lyrics, "It's always the right time to do the wrong thing." Nikki might be most impressive on the song "You Can't Talk To Me Like That," where her storytelling is honest and her voice draws you into her South Carolina charm.
Lead single "Seeing Double" is an upbeat number that creates a surf rock vibe similar to what you could find in a Dick Dale song. Halfway through the album, producer Dan Auerbach steps away from the board to duet with Lane on "Love's on Fire," and their voices are a perfect fit. No two songs on this album sound alike, and that's refreshing. The listener is treated to a variety of styles and instruments, including conga. The lyrics are witty, and the songs never feel like they're dragging on.
In describing the songs, Nikki told Rolling Stone, "My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life, so this is one moody record. There’s lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on."
As for having Dan Auerbach produce the album, Nikki said:
During the first round of recordings, I was in an awkward mood every night I left the studio. It was hard for me to trust that Dan was right when he said I should move a verse around or add an extra chorus. He pushed to find the right feel for each track one by one, and a few months later, I found myself with a damn good record.
Nikki Lane and her band are currently on a 2014 U.S. tour that finds them opening up for Georgia rockers The Whigs until May 3rd, then Texas band Old 97′s for the remainder. For further information about dates and tickets, check out her official website. You can pre-order All Or Nothin' via iTunes and Amazon.