The Compilation - Another Train
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Sally Barker is best known as the star of The Voice 2014 and as a founding member of folk group The Poozies, but that is not to say the quality of her expansive solo catalogue is in any way lacking. The Compilation - Another Train was released in 2000 and chronicles here solo career quite concussively to that point. You won't hear Dear Darlin' or Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, but this album is a must-have for any that were captivated by her voice and tearjerking performances. This album features music from Sally's self-titled debut, released in 1989, to her 1998 release Passion And The Countless. This compilation is a fantastic starting point for anyone interested in Sally's solo work and, thanks to the inclusion of a few formerly unreleased tracks, it holds appeal for dedicated fans too.
Top Customer Reviews
The songs are different and show her versatility...the voice is distinctive...I have it playing in the house and car....... it's a growing classic and will probably become quite a land mark album for her before she records new material....
A beautiful lady
Most of it is very good - "Another Train", "Sleepy Eyes" and "Elephants" are excellent tracks, as is "While You Sleep", "Moses" and "We Built Fires". However, perhaps my favourite track is "Alexis Korner (Still Sings the Blues in Heaven)", a wonderful bit of blues (what else). Sally's voice is unmistakeably hers and a lot of the tracks are her own compositions. "Alexis Korner" is just a wonderful exhibition of how to sing with the kind of growl and without the screeching which some singers think they need to let everyone know they can sing. Most fail, but Sally succeeds beautifully.
There are a couple of tracks I do not like - "Nocturnal Visions" and "Die Sorge" do nothing for me and her version of Genesis's "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" is a mistake - she should have left that alone.
Having said all that, not only does she sing well, but her guitar playing is brilliant and her backing musicians are excellent, too.
Sally was also a founder member of the all-female folk/pop band, the Poozies, in which Kate Rusby also had a stint as singer. I love Kate, but think Sally was a better singer for the band - and the Poozies retrospective "Raise Your Head" is a very good companion album to buy with this.
So, just to recap - this is not an introduction to the Sally Barker we saw and loved on the Voice, but a snapshot of her previous career as described. Don't be misled into thinking "Dear Darling" is going to be on this - it isn't. I, along with a lot of other people, will wait in case Sally records a new album with that and other new tracks on it. Until then, this will do nicely.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All a bit samey songs , a great voice but not as good as I'd expected after watching the voice. Maybe other albums are better.Published 20 months ago by Angellove
Love Sally, have seen her perform live with The Poozies & like that this is slightly different material to the folk songs she does with them. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Isabel U