Spilt Milk

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Kristina Train was born in New York City but grew up singing in church choirs in Savannah, GA, home to many great soul and pop singers over the years. Train sang in soul bands while still a teenager and got a development deal with Blue Note when she was 19. Seven years later she went to London to cut Spilt Milk with producer and songwriter Jimmy Hogarth, and songwriter arranger Eg White. Train, Hogarth, and White wrote most of the tunes here, and they're all solid, with half of them sounding like potential anthems. The album opens with the title track, possibly the collection's strongest song and certainly the catchiest. The tune opens with a subtle piano figure and Train's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Kristina Train was born in New York City but grew up singing in church choirs in Savannah, GA, home to many great soul and pop singers over the years. Train sang in soul bands while still a teenager and got a development deal with Blue Note when she was 19. Seven years later she went to London to cut Spilt Milk with producer and songwriter Jimmy Hogarth, and songwriter arranger Eg White. Train, Hogarth, and White wrote most of the tunes here, and they're all solid, with half of them sounding like potential anthems. The album opens with the title track, possibly the collection's strongest song and certainly the catchiest. The tune opens with a subtle piano figure and Train's whispered vocal, full of jazzy inflections, then the chorus kicks in with Train belting out the hook line with a soulful, tear-stained power. It's the kind of tune that will have you pushing the replay button over and over. "Don't Beg for Love" is another sizzler, a quiet tour de force with hints of Aretha and Dusty Springfield in the vocal, and that's not critical hyperbole. Train's restrained delivery is full of implied power as she tells a weak lover to get lost, while the backing singers drop some wailing, gospel-drenched melismas into the mix. The gospel singers return on "I Can't But Help," which celebrates life's darker moments with Train's vocal full of hope and jubilation despite the grim lyric. Train walks the fine line between aspiration and resignation with aplomb. "Call in the Maker" is another sharp bit of pop/soul while "Far from the Country" perfectly blends blues, pop, and Southern soul with Train's breezy vocal. The songwriting has plenty of knowing nods to the artists and songwriters of the late '60s and early '70s, but it's Train's voice that dominates the album. She has a dusky, soulful tone that can imbue even the simplest phrases with wrenching emotion. Spilt Milk -- the song and the album -- announces the birth of a remarkable new talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099950156825
  • Catalog Number: 01568
  • Sales rank: 12,179

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kristina Train Primary Artist, Strings, Vocals, Background Vocals
Joe Kennedy Jr. Piano, Celeste, Hammond B3
Guy Barker Trumpet, Soloist
Paul Cassidy Viola
Sam Dixon Bass Guitar
Richard Edwards Trombone, Bass Trombone
Sid Gauld Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Janice Graham Viola
Colin Sheen Trombone
Clare Finnimore Viola
Sara Wilson Cello
Martin Owen Horn
Oliver Kraus Cello, Conductor, Viola
Mary Pearce Background Vocals
Julia Singleton Viola
Patrick White Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Martin Slattery Piano
Alison Dodds Viola
Helena Rathbone Cello
Nigel Gomm Trumpet
Andy Wood Trombone
Ed Harcourt Piano, Background Vocals
Bryan Chambers Background Vocals
John Kennedy Piano, Celeste, Hammond Organ
Gillon Cameron Viola
Sarah Button Viola
Vincent Greene Viola
Robert Spriggs Viola
Jimmy Hogarth Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Slide Guitar
Hannah Dawson Viola
Martin Burgess Viola
Timothy Grant Viola
Felix Bloxsom Drums
Richard Bayliss Horn
Eugeny Chebyrin Horn
Howard Cott Viola
Thomas Gould Viola
Ben Hancox Viola
Katherine Mayes Viola
Tom Rees-Roberts Trumpet
Rick Koster Viola
Joel Hunter Viola
Alison Dods Viola
Sam Dixon Bass Guitar
Nigel Gomm Trumpet
Steve Morris Viola
Matthew Knight Trombone
Technical Credits
Wrecking Crew String Ensemble
Michael Hausman Management
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Julian Peploe Art Direction
Oliver Kraus String Arrangements
Martin Slattery Brass Arrangment, Brass Conductor
Cameron Craig Engineer
Ed Harcourt Loop
Jimmy Hogarth Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Clarissa Faran Brass Arrangment, Brass Conductor
Kristina Train String Arrangements
B. Knight Composer
F. White Composer
D. Arnold Composer
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