Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

by Kristina Train



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2009
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 5099950156825
catalogNumber: 01568

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kristina Train   Primary Artist,Strings,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Kennedy   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
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
Helen Rathbone   Cello
Steve Morris   Viola
Matthew Knight   Trombone

Technical Credits

Wrecking Crew   String Ensemble
Michael Hausman   Management
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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