THE STORY SO FAR:
2009 debut solo album from the singer/songwriter. Hearing Kristina Train for the first time is nothing less than a revelation: her sunny, easygoing demeanor and youthful good looks belie the heart-wrenching power of her voice. Train’s Blue Note debut, Spilt Milk, is urbane and soulful, lush in its arrangements but intimate in its emotions, built on a foundation of classic and deeply felt Southern Soul.
With “Spilt Milk” Train benefits from the exceptional skills of London-based Jimmy Hogarth, whose recent production credits include Duffy, James Blunt, Beverley Knight and Corinne Bailey Rae. Hogarth makes a perfect team with Eg White, the powerhouse writer, arranger and musician best known for his long-term collaboration with Amy Winehouse and his Grammy nomination for Adeles “Chasing Pavements.”
So as youd expect, the arrangements on the albums eleven tracks, many of them co-written by Train with Eg White and are created with world-wide audiences in mind. But since the album is a vehicle for Trains vocal talents, the music never draws attention away from the main instrument that is Trains luscious, emotive drawl. Its Kristina Trains voice that is showcased throughout. For that reason many of the songs have a similar, anthemic quality; verses are soft and powerful choruses rise on strings, or horns, or both at some points. But what is so delightfully surprising about “Spilt Milk” is how it presents Kristina Trains musical identity. Few female jazz or blues singers ever achieve this degree of recognition.
Final Score: 89% – B