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Breakfast on the morning tram

Stacey Kent Audio CD
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The ability to tell a story, capture an emotion, a mood, hone it and share it like a secret with her audience; these are the qualities that make Stacey Kent so special. Happy at home in a variety of genres, she casts wide her net in search of inspiration.
A native of New Jersey, now living in Colorado, Stacey Kent developed a childhood fascination for musical comedies and the great jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Stacey Kent Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The ice hotel
2. Landslide
3. Ces petits riens
4. I wish I could go travelling again
5. So many stars
6. Samba Saravah
7. Breakfast on the morning tram
8. Never let me go
9. So romantic
10. Hard hearted Hannah
11. La saison des pluies
12. What a Wonderful World

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BBC Review

After a dozen albums, singer Stacey Kent has become a household name around the world. It's four years now since her last solo recording, and with Breakfast on the Morning Tram she leaves the Great American Songbook at home and turns out her most eclectic selection of songs yet, featuring French chansons and Jim Tomlinson originals.

Storytelling has always been Stacey's forte, so it's no surprise that she's chosen a novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro, to write lyrics for her. (Husband and sax player Jim has set them to music.) The four Ishiguro songs on Breakfast On The Morning Tram are sketches of relationships, all narrated by travellers. 'The Ice Hotel' is a ballad described perfectly in Stacey's crisp, clear vocals, while the title track, also by Ishiguro, is faster-paced. Light funk and blues alternate with toe-tapping swing, and it's packed with comfort-food rhymes ('pancake' with 'heartache'!) that Stacey sings with an audible smile in her voice.

On the Franco-Brazilian 'Samba Saravah', the most upbeat track on the album, Stacey's intimate vocals dance nimbly with the rhythm section, but Jim Tomlinson's Getz-ish tenor is a bit pedestrian, while a laid-back arrangement of 'Hard Hearted Hannah' comes across more wimp than vamp. Tomlinson's other arrangements get it right, though, by focusing on the nuance and intimacy that suits his wife's gossamer voice. He's back on form with 'Landslide'. Stacey makes good, folky sense of this Stevie Nicks torchsong, her dead-on pitch whispering to John Parricelli's warm and lyrical guitar.

Stacey's language skills are impressive on the handful of songs she sings, very convincingly, in French. 'La Saison des Pluies' is a pearl of a song, Stacey's little-girl voice shifting the pace gently forward or dragging it slightly back, to a stripped-down accompaniment by Parricelli on guitar. Another gem, 'Ces Petits Riens' is treated to a tinge of Piafian vibrato and darkness, against Dave Chamberlain's elegant plucked bass.

The material and line-up may have shifted on Breakfast On The Morning Tram (pianist Graham Harvey has replaced David Newton and John Parricelli has replaced Colin Oxley) but the product inside the packaging hasn't changed. Stacey continues to deliver intimate ballads with perfect timing and control. --Kathryn Shackleton

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, wishful and sophisticated 17 Sep 2007
By Hiro
Format:Audio CD
This is a remarkable new turning point for Stacey Kent.

For the past 10 years, she has been mainly singing numbers form the great American Songbooks. However, on this CD, she sings lesser known beautiful songs (such as 'Landslide'), 3 French songs ('Ces petits riens', 'Samba saravah' et 'La saison des Pluies' - my French friend told me that her French is very very very good) and 3 numbers from the songbook ('Hard hearted Hannah', 'Never let me go' and 'What a wonderful world') and even 4 originals (Jim/Ishiguro) for the first time in her career. She did sing Bacharach, Paul Simon and Carole Kind in her another wonderful album "The Boy Next Door", but this CD 'Breakfast on the Morning Tram' has a fresher approach.

When I first listened to the CD, I felt she sounded so airy and free. I am sure she enjoyed the challenge, but I guess the holy ghosts from the past haunted her when she was singing the old tracks - I am sure Ella (who I adore from the bottom of my heart!), Sara or Billie crossed her mind, and she needed to present her new interpretations of the classics. She, without a single failure, managed to give a fresh life to every single song she has sung so far. But by introducing newer songs, I guess she managed to set her free even more. Listen to `Landslide`, she sounds so natural and more of herself. I adore the way she sings this beautiful song without any pretension whatsoever.

Put this CD on when you notice the first sign of the autumn in the air. Put a gardi on and go to the garden, and listen to the CD in the sun. I am sure you will also agree that this CD is warm, wishful and sophisticated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Stacey! 19 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
Heard Stacey Kent perform several of the numbers on this CD at London's Cadogan Hall in April. Loved the concert and immediately ordered the disc. It features mostly original material which she sings superbly. Furthermore, her backing group is also excellent. A CD which I highly recommend to all lovers of vocal jazz who are looking for a diversion from the usual standards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful 25 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Ishiguro songs are the best modern 'intelligent' songs I have heard for a long time and her cover of 'Landslide' strips it to its bones to reveal the beautiful melody which, as ever, her perfect voice does great justice to. And her French isn't bad either......
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beguiling and different album from Stacey Kent 6 July 2008
By Mr G
Format:Audio CD
Stacey Kent's highly polished albums of standards are extremely listenable if at times over-glossed tributes to the genius of the Great American Songbook. I have always had a few reservations about this particular musician, but on this new album I have to say I am completely won over. The unique feature of this project is, of course, the addition of four very evocative and melodic original songs by saxophonist/hubby Jim Tomlinson and lyrics by Kazuo Ishiguro. These songs are quite literally tailor-made for Kent's brand of reticent romanticism, and her singing on these numbers has a special personal quality. Sometimes her albums of standards have the feeling of a production line (though, admittedly, a very expert production line); these new songs prompt her to express something fresh. I particularly enjoyed "I Wish I Could Go Travelling Again".

The other cuts on the album are equally pleasurable, and again it's nice to see her tackling something a little off the beaten track: the delightful samba from "A Man and a Woman" is a real highpoint, and I am always pleased to hear a lovely reading of the beautiful Bergman/Mendes "So Many Stars". Stevie Nick's "Landslide" also makes a strong impression, for all it seems to venture into Norah Jones territory.

Overall, this CD is a treat from start to finish, a highly musical and intelligent collection of excellent songs. At Amazon's price of under a fiver, you can't really say no.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever 25 July 2014
By robsure
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An interesting departure from Stacey Kent's usual standards. Featuring some great new material.

A slight diversion in material choice for Stacey Kent featuring some great new (newer) songs. I wonder with each album if she can keep getting better but she does. Very hard to stop playing this wonderful disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such good songs 27 Feb 2014
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Again this is a lovely CD and is quite different to all her past recordings. As a singer myself I am most inspired by her songs in this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performer and performance 19 Feb 2014
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Just love this CD.
It's difficult to say that it is Stacey Kent at her best. So far I have not heard anything of hers that is less than Best.

If you like Stacey, you must add this to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the box 28 Dec 2013
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Stacey Kent has an evocative voice. She insists you remember her and it's worth it. This is a great CD, especially because she is singing some newer, different material. Up till now she has been more interested in covers, but Breakfast on the morning tram (great title) is a departure for her. Worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great CD
Published 11 days ago by WD
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop playing Stacy Kent
First Album i've bought by Stacy Kent, there's not a bad track on it. We have put this on over the weekend and it just plays again and again without getting bored. Read more
Published 13 months ago by brian akroyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great voice!
I hadn't heard of Stacey Kent before and took a chance on this album and am very glad I did. She has a very good voice, something like Silje Nergaard if you know her. Read more
Published 17 months ago by T-dubblu
4.0 out of 5 stars She sings and you get lost in the Music.
I love her voice & Style. She sings and you get lost in the Music.
I been fortunate enough to meet her & her band on twice before.
Published 19 months ago by MR D A STEADMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting comparison with Madeline Peyroux
First heard a track from this CD (Breakfast on the morning tram - The Ice Hotel) and was taken by it, so bought the CD. Read more
Published 21 months ago by David S. Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars She Enjoys Her Growth
British-American singer Stacey Kent's new album, "Breakfast On The Morning Tram," shows the youthful jazz chanteuse with the sweet, yet strong voice, to be enjoying unprecedented... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by Stephanie De Pue
4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy listening jazz
Stacey Kent has a wonderful silky smooth voice and a great accent to boot. The songs are well constructed, with good lyics and well supported instrumentally. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by Iqbal, Peterborough
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class
I have everything Stacey has ever recorded except this one, till now. I was put off by some negative reviews but why did I listen! Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by LlindyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakfast On The Morning Tram
This is a very well crafted record. The musicianship is spotless. If you like soft dinner jazz with a modern twist then this is for you. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2010 by Mr. H. Bragen
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