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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B008GRKRNO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dark Black
  2. Dream Of Me
  3. Pins And Needles
  4. No One's Gonna Love You
  5. Lonely Sinner
  6. Saturdays Are The Greatest
  7. Don't Leave Me Here Alone
  8. I Wanna Live In LA
  9. Stick Together
  10. Lose You Tonight
  11. Everloving Arms
  12. January

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Dark Black

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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who witnessed Kristina Train perform the instant classic that is the title track of her new album "Dark Black' on Jools Holland recently would have been instantly besotted and rushed to the download button. It is one of those songs that you feel you might have heard before with a frisson of some long lost ballad, a hint of J S Bach and something that you can't quite pin down. Its aching melody and wonderfully lush delivery by Ms Train, a New York-born and Savannah, Georgia-raised singer, deserves it to strain under the weight of plaudits and awards.

Kristina Train is not a product of TV music auditions or some "Joni come lately". Certainly there are similarities in the musical space she occupies to Norah Jones (not a bad thing!) but her template is cast from a much more bluesy backdrop. She has paid her dues with some of the best musicians treading the boards including the great Herbie Hancock, Chris Issak and has in the background assisting in songwriting duties the criminally neglected Ed Harcourt and her producer Martin Craft. Her last album "Split Milk" was fine but "Dark Black" raises her game to the premier division. While nothing quite touches the sublime beauty of the title track there is much here to be admired and devoured. The excellent Roy Orbison sounding "Dream of me" sounds like an authentic 50s jukebox ballad where she sings of a "Lonely life" that is "Always caught beneath the wheels/Broken by the night". Her cover of the tremendous Band of Horses ballad "No ones gonna love you" takes a slow turn, with a sparse electronica underpinning and is none the worse for it with a sensitive vocal by Train.
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This album sees Kristina leaving the Blue Note label and the 'sub-Norah Jones' material of her first record "Spilt milk" for the Mercury label and a less jazzy, more pop/country sound. It really annoys me when female singers are compared to great singers of the past and people have been quick to compare Kristina to Aretha Franklin (?!), Nina Simone (?!?) with perhaps the most apt comparison being with Dusty Springfield. Kristina's voice is relaxed and laid back with a beautiful quality but she can also turn on the power when needed and overall she reminded me more of Lana Del Ray then any singers of the past.

The production by Martin Craft is good and very atmospheric, particularly on songs like the Band of Horses cover "No one's gonna love you". Kristina has worked with artists like Herbie Hancock, Chris Isaak, Scrapomatic and Robert Randolph and the Family Band but you would never guess that from listening to this record which I found a bit bland and lacking any strong emotion. Although I liked the songs "Dark black" and "Dream of me" I thought that quite a few of the other songs, such as "I wanna live in LA", were a bit throwaway.
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Yet another new to me singer(first seen on Later...) with an achingly beautiful voice. Dark Black proves to be such a consistently good album I had to hear her previous effort - Spilt Milk - and downloaded that as well(from i-tunes)without hesitation. Where has she been since 2009?
Influences from jazz, blues and everything else delivered effortlessly and seductively. She sounds at times like Dusty, Susan Tedeschi, Norah Jones et al but comparisons are pointless. Kristina Train is an original star in waiting. Buy Dark Black and wait impatiently for the next album.
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I bought this album after hearing Kristina perform Dream of Me on the BBC's Jools Holland show. You need this album in your life for 3 reasons: -

1) Kristina Train's voice is in my opinion, the greatest female voice of our time. Truly stunning, capable of a variety of styles and emotions.
2) The songs are all of the highest quality and varied in mood and style (mainly down to working with 4 distinct songwriters for this album)
3) The production of the album is stunning producing a haunting, shimmering echo to the sound of each song...

This is truly the greatest album by a female vocalist that I have bought in many years. Essential.
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I absolutely love this album and can't stop playing it. I first heard Kristina Train being played on the Ken Bruce show on Radio 2 and was immediately captivated by her vocals. On the strength of that one record (Dark Black) I bought the album and loved everything about it. Her voice is magical and as seductive and smooth as dark chocolate, her songwriting is inspired and the arrangements are fantastic. I love it when I 'discover' someone 'new' and Kristina is the first female voice I've loved since first hearing Rumer. Buy this album - you won't be disappointed!
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First heard Kristina on Magic singing Dream Of Me. This album had not been released so bought her first album "Spilt Milk". Both albums are great and although some of the tracks were not instant they have grown on me and it is hard to fault any of them. I think Dream Of Me should have been a big hit but apart from Magic it did not seem to be played much on mainstream radio which is a pity. The album is smooth as silk and great to just put the lights out and relax to. I think Kristina deserves a bigger UK audience and wish her the best of luck.
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