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  • Audio CD (7 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: QQ5
  • ASIN: B00GUXXZ58
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. This Train
  2. Right Down To You
  3. I Die
  4. Swing with Me
  5. Angel Star
  6. Friday Night Fly
  7. Down By Babylon
  8. Real Love
  9. Bird of Flames
  10. Polish Poem
  11. The Truth Is
  12. All The Things (Bonus Track)

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'This Train' is the debut recording by singer Chrysta Bell, the protégée of iconic film director and musician David Lynch. The album production and lyrics are by Lynch with music by Chrysta Bell and members of her band.

With exquisite and tortured vocals and an onstage persona in the tradition of Rita Hayworth, Texan beauty Chrysta Bell smoulders in this collaboration with Lynch. Infusing a dark and airy soundscape with breathy inflections and soulful melodies, this otherworldly femme fatale is lyrically spellbinding. Rolling Stone has described her songs as "dreamy and torrid, smoky and tortured...performed with grinding finesse", and for the Irish Times she is "a muse of higher order, a cool siren with a stunning voice of rare dramatic power and range."

Chrysta Bell incorporates dynamic theatrical and multimedia elements into unforgettable performance experiences. When she appeared at London's Bush Hall one reviewer said: "...comparisons with Portishead and Massive Attack could certainly be drawn. The dark and fiery guise of Lana Del Rey also came to mind. However, it became evident last night that Bell's on-stage persona propels her to another level entirely."

David Lynch's expresses his feelings thus: "Chrysta Bell looks like a dream and Chrysta Bell sings like a dream. She's not only a killer performer, she also has a great intuitive ability to catch a mood and find a melody, that's really spectacular."

Personnel: Chrysta Bell (vocals), David Lynch (guitar, drums), John Neff (synth, bass, drums), Dean Hurley (guitar, synth, drums, Rhodes, loops & drum programming), Alexander Burke (synth bass), Chris Freeland (drums), Gerry Brown (percussion)

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This album has had a 13 year gestation - and that seems a dangerous term to use in the context of David Lynch as producer: as if he has slowly nurtured a monstrous musical creation to now unleash upon us. Whilst it has Lynch's trademark swaths of moody ambient chords and noise, it is, with singer Chrysta Bell, a lush and immediately accessible sound. Bell has a fulsome voice, augmented by echo on tracks like 'Swing With Me' which is a slow brooding blues, and opener 'This Train' is choo-chooed in strongly to set the scene for the album's panoramic vocal and instrumental layering. All the songs are written by Lynch and sung by long-time collaborator Bell who first met up with the Hollywood maverick in 1998, aged 20. For me, it is more mood music than an exploration of songcraft, and that brooding methodical beat of most to make its whole will require a similar listening inclination, whatever you hear in the moods being hammered home in the repetitions and layerings.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2013
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Anything can be mood music, whether is it is Napalm Death or John Cage. This is sombre reflections from someone who is melting under the heat of a bright sun. Imagine a snowman who glimpses the first glint of those golden rays making an entrance between the heavy clouds, then a sense of euphoria and dread dawn both at the same time - as the end of the winter is announced. Whilst hope emerges the packed ice is slowly melts and the senses of certainty take formal shape. At the end of the golden dawn all sense of self is going to flow into one big puddle of ooze.

So with tremelo echoing, the guitars tremble as soft murmurs coo into the twilight. Richochets with the same pathos as Julee Cruise but comes at it from a different perspective.
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Just buy it, it's stunning, as great as you hope it'll be. Catch Chrysta live if you get a chance, she's an unforgettable performer.
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Simply wonderful. David Lynch knows talent when he sees it.
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HASH(0x9868a504) out of 5 stars the music of a haunted timeless dream 24 Jan. 2012
By P. Webb - Published on
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With lyrics and melodies that float between time and space at will Lynch and Bell have created a mystically classic album. This is music to fall in love with the night again, a nocturnal rolling rhythm that really does feel like a Train. The final song switches tempos and styles a bit but doesn't derail this train at all. There were some amazing sounds made in 2011(including Lynch's Crazy Clown Time) but this one is at the top of the list for me. Near auditory perfection. Thank you.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9868a750) out of 5 stars Another Lynch masterpiece! 10 Nov. 2011
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Count Zee's Vampire Circus David Lynch is a true artist. His works, be they cinematic or musical are driven by a creative passion and desire to convey his artistic vision with us. This album is, as I would describe most of his works, atmospheric, nostalgic and mysterious.. ..and, beautiful. There are few filmmakers who come from a musical background and you can tell that Lynch approaches his moving pictures with the same poetry as his music. "This Train" is pure sonic bliss. But if you are a Lynch fan, the experience is much more than can be described in a review.. This much I can tell you.. "This Train" is some of Lynch's finest work. Chrysta Bell has the most powerful and seductive female voice on a Lynch recording. There are more direct moments and ethereal moments and moments that take us back to the pink room. Although this album could and should fit into several musical categories, at times, I would consider this the best country and western album yet of the new century.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9868a990) out of 5 stars The Train of Sex & Dreams.......Chrysta Bell 13 Feb. 2012
By Keene - Published on
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Moving right along, heading where? Where is this train of life going? Nobody knows but it seems to really matter. It matters, right?

Chrysta Bell sounds like a more soulful and dark Crystal Gayle....I love this. Just listen to "Swing with me". Everybody's talking about Lana Del Rey, but this is more adult, more mysterious and sexy. I like her voice more than Lana's. Both women are great artists that speak to the heart, body and soul.
Lynch is the main inspiration here and he does a very good job. If you like David Lynch movies and Angelo Badalamanti's soundtrack work, you may like Chrysta Bell. This Train is bound for glory....Swing with me through the night...yeah!!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9868ab34) out of 5 stars What a voice! 26 Mar. 2012
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Well I don't typically buy music at the spur of the moment. The majority of the time I buy a single or a CD after I have heard the song on the radio, but this time it was magic. I just happened to find Chrysta's video the internet and was entranced by her vocals and the Music. This Train reminds me of a mix of a souldful blues singer and the music from Twin Peaks. "The Truth Is" is reminiscent of the Eurythmics Annie Lennox.

Overall I love the entire album.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9868aef4) out of 5 stars Not what I normally like 22 Dec. 2011
By Justin M. James - Published on
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This album is slow and atmospheric. That's not the kind of stuff I usually listen to, but in this case it is really pleasant. Lots of slow, SLOW parts to this. You can definitely hear the David Lynch end of things. Much of it sounds like a soundtrack to one of his films; I expect Audrey Horne to be dancing to a few of these tracks and telling everyone how dreamy it is. If you like the musical style that Lynch has embraced in his films, that kind of slow, rambling stuff, this album is a winner.

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