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Less jazz, more pop/country...
on 6 November 2012
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.