Dark Black

Dark Black

by Kristina Train


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The sophomore effort from Georgia-raised, Britain-based vocalist Kristina Train, 2012's Dark Black is a brooding, atmospheric collection of slow-burn pop songs that put her burnished, sultry croon at the fore. Picking up where 2009's Spilt Milk left off, Dark Black finds Train once again working with British singer/songwriter Ed Harcourt, as well as songwriter/producer Martin Craft. Together, they've come up with an album that builds upon Train's twangy Southern roots layered with a baroque, cinematic aesthetic. Train's vocals are often drenched in an echo-chamber sound, often backed with boomy, resonant percussion, languid piano parts, eerie orchestral sections, shimmering baritone guitar lines, and even some light electronic flourishes. In that sense, the album brings to mind the work of such similarly minded contemporaries as singer/guitarist Richard Hawley and neo-soft rock singer Rumer as much as it does the classic soul-inflected '60s sound of Dusty Springfield. While the songs here are deeply romantic and memorable, they take their time to unfold before giving up any big, melodic hooks -- which they certainly have. Mood setting is clearly a large part of Train's dramatic style, and cuts like the yearning, Roy Orbison-sounding "Dream of Me" and the Jacques Brel-esque ballad "Saturdays Are the Greatest" envelope you with a kind of late-afternoon melancholy, long before they level you with their heartbreaking lyrical poignancy. Ultimately, on Dark Black, Train is a master at keeping us on the edge of our seats, and by the time she presents a song's big pop reveal, as she does on the title track's darkly ironic reappropriation of Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale," she already has us hooked.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Mercury Uk
UPC: 0602537115877
catalogNumber: 3711587
Rank: 256628

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kristina Train   Primary Artist,Violin,Vocals
Jessie Murphy   Violin
Ed Harcourt   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals,Sampling
Ben Christophers   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards
Jamie Morrison   Percussion,Drums
Martin Craft   Piano
Laura Anstee   Cello
David Kosten   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Simon Aldred   Acoustic Guitar
Rupert Clervaux   Drums
Rosie Langley   Violin
Thomas Gould   Violin
Amy Stanford   Viola
Nozomi Cohen   Viola
Eleanor Stanford   Violin
Greta Facott   Marimbas
Gina Harcourt   Violin
Frank Rollock   Steel Pan
All-One Orchestra of Earth   Strings

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   String Arrangements
Danton Supple   Programming,Additional Production
Ed Harcourt   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Richard Woodcraft   Engineer
Jamie Morrison   Drum Samples
Justin Parker   Composer,Producer
Martin Craft   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Instrumentation
Daniel Rejmer   Engineer
David Kosten   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Simon Aldred   Composer,Guitar Engineer
Kristina Train   Composer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Creighton Barrett   Composer
James Hampton   Composer
Sam Wheat   Engineer
Duke Southwell   Programming
Benjamin Bradwell   Composer
David Holmes   Engineer

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