- 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)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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A wonderful collection of well crafted songs. She has a beautiful voice. It is hard to understand how she has failed to receive greater acclaim than she has.Published 10 days ago by Peter Scholefield
Delivered earlier than expected in perfect condition. Would order again thank you.Published 25 days ago by Miss Lisa Needham