Nikki Lane – Highway Queen (2017)

Posted by on February 16, 2017as

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When Nikki Lane sings about a woman with “tight blue jeans and long black hair” who will “come to play but she won’t stay,” on the title track to her third album, it’s difficult to imagine that’s not autobiographically based. As these songs progress, it’s clear that whether she’s describing a woman with a “Foolish Heart” who is infatuated, and somewhat concerned, with a lover who has her “hanging by a word” or expressing her desire to get to the top because “there ain’t no one gonna make me stop,” these tunes hew awfully close to her own feelings and aspirations.

Although there is nothing new in bringing personal experiences to your music, Lane’s husky voice — falling somewhere between the toughness of Lydia Loveless, the gusty vulnerability of Shannon McNally and the tangy torch of Neko Case — carries these country-tinged pop rockers with an edge that’s alternately defiant and vulnerable. The production by both the singer and her boyfriend Jonathan Tyler (who also contributes with backing vocals and guitar) neatly balances between slightly slick and earnestly earthy without offending those who lean to either camp.


01. 700,000 Rednecks 03:30
02. Highway Queen 03:51
03. Lay You Down 03:58
04. Jackpot 03:33
05. Companion 03:08
06. Big Mouth 03:39
07. Foolish Heart 04:04
08. Send the Sun 02:57
09. Muddy Waters 03:11
10. Forever Lasts Forever 05:06

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