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Play It as It Lays *


  • 1. Looking for Elvis
    2. Like Any Woman Would
    3. Town Called Heartbreak
    4. Play Around
    5. Rainy Day Man
    6. Word, The
    7. Bad for You
    8. Run, Run, Run
    9. Play It as It Lays
    10. Black Ladder
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 711293

  • Credits
    ProducerPatti Scialfa; Ron Aniello; Steve Jordan; Patti Scialfa; Ron Aniello; Steve Jordan
    EngineerToby Scott; Trina Shoemaker; Roger Moutenot; Brandon Duncan; Ron Aniello; Dave O'Donnell; Eddie Jackson; Eddie Jackson; Toby Scott; Trina Shoemaker; Roger Moutenot; Brandon Duncan; Ron Aniello

    Personnel: Patti Scialfa (acoustic guitar); Mark Scialfa (guitar, banjo, cello); Mark Stewart (banjo); Clifford Carter, Clofford Carter (keyboards); Scott Tibbs (synthesizer, string synthesizer); Willie Weeks, Jeremy Chatzky (bass guitar); Michelle Moore (vocals, background vocals); Nils Lofgren (guitar, dobro); Ron Aniello (guitar, keyboards); Bruce Springsteen (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica); Steve Jordan (acoustic guitar, drums, percussion); Soozie Tyrell (violin, background vocals); Crusher Bennett (percussion); Cindy Mizelle, Curtis King, Lisa Lowell (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
    Recording information: Thrill Hill Studios.
    Photographers: Bruce Springsteen; Sante d'Orazio.
    Forever better-known for being Mrs. Bruce Springsteen than for her own music, Patti Scialfa owes more musically to a kindred foxy redhead, Bonnie Raitt. The pop-rock of PLAY IT AS IT LAYS has a bluesy edge akin to Raitt's that suits Scialfa's admirably careworn voice. Named after Joan Didion's starkly depressing novel but bearing a joyful feel out of the Stax Records studios, PLAY IT AS IT LAYS features the rollicking first single "Looking For Elvis," the equally powerful strutter "Town Called Heartbreak," and the moody piano ballad "The Word."

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.88) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[O]n these tightly focused, grown-up vignettes about sin and salvation and the hard-fought struggles for honesty in a relationship, she slurs and bebops like Rickie Lee Jones."
    Uncut (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Scialfa's third is the most complete and satisfying of her career, the lyrical candour matched by the open-ended optimism of the band..."
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