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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.
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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000TEUCFA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,139 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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Hiro on 17 Sept. 2007
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 By Mike Virgo on 19 May 2009
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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 By Arch Andrew on 25 Feb. 2009
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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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By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2012
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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 growth in her career. She's put together a bigger band, with a number of talented musicians, and she's allowed them lots of room to stretch on this disk. She has also, for the first time, recorded original compositions: this album has only three songs from the Great American Songbook, on which she had so successfully relied until now. She has also moved on from her first recording label, the small independent Candid, to the prestigious jazzy Blue Note.

Kent, who was born in South Orange, New Jersey, met her talented husband, saxophonist, now producer/arranger/composer, Jim Tomlinson, with whom she works, while both were students at London's 125 year old Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The singer, whose clear voice and delivery lie somewhere between the flirtatious sound of Norah Jones, and the ever-popular smoky barroom sound now delivered by Diana Krall and Claire Martin, among others, was initially championed by British critic and jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton. She credits Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Nancy Wilson, and Cannonball Adderley as the biggest influences on her work. She has won the 2001 British Jazz Award, and the 2002 British Broadcasting Corporation Jazz Award for Best Vocalist. She has a large, devoted following that should be pleased by this release.

"Breakfast" gives more than a nod to France, where Kent did post-graduate work, and is exceedingly popular: she was, in fact, signed by the Paris office of Blue Note. The French gave the 2006 BOY NEXT DOOR Gold Album status within six months of its release.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I Bought This on 6 July 2008
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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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