23rd Street Lullaby (2004) Before she met husband Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa lived, loved, and toiled away in downtown Manhattan, a time she chronicles on 23rd Street Lullaby ,… 2004-06-15 Patti Scialfa
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23rd Street Lullaby (2004)

Patti Scialfa | SHE'S THE BOSS Scialfa's second solo CD covers ground familiar to Bruce fans, but succeeds on its own terms
Image credit: Patti Scialfa: Janette Beckman/Retna Ltd USA
SHE'S THE BOSS Scialfa's second solo CD covers ground familiar to Bruce fans, but succeeds on its own terms
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 15, 2004; Lead Performance: Patti Scialfa

Before she met husband Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa lived, loved, and toiled away in downtown Manhattan, a time she chronicles on 23rd Street Lullaby, a modestly ambitious semi-concept album (a belated follow-up to her 1993 cult disc, ''Rumble Doll''). Like Bruce, she's fond of noble laborers and wordy songs, loves an occasional ''sha la la'' chorus, and makes no attempt to adorn her plainspoken delivery. But there's an inviting, appealing earnestness to Scialfa's bruised-soul folk rock. Wistful and nostalgic (but never maudlin) tunes like the title track and ''Yesterday's Child'' are guaranteed to stay with you longer than ''The Ghost of Tom Joad'' ever did.

Originally posted Jun 18, 2004 Published in issue #770 Jun 18, 2004 Order article reprints