EP REVIEW: Kristina Train “Dream Of Me”

Kristina Train is an artist who was not afraid to dream big, but also understood the practicality of her chosen career. As opposed to simply walking in to a record deal blind, she heeded her mother’s wise words and undertook a degree first. The diversion may have postponed her inevitable success in her chosen field by a handful of years, but when a talent is as accomplished as Train, there is little that will hold her back.

Having already established her solo career Stateside with her 2009 debut “Spilt Milk”, Train is teasing UK audiences with the sublime three track EP “Dream Of Me” ahead of her debut UK album “Dark Black”. The move is a clever one. With audiences currently unaware of her dynamic vocal or skilled songwriting, she has picked three differing angles with which to introduce her.

Train is a fusion of Diane Birch, Shelby Lynne, Shea Seger, Mama Cass, Nerina Pallot and Sarah MacLachlan. She is intoxicating and enticing, without ever being overpowering. She skilfully colours her vocal to prompt a reaction.

At her strongest, the EPs chillblain inducing title track “Dream Of Me”, Train uses her epic presence to knock her listener for six. “Lonely Summer” brings a grinding Shea Seger to fore. The blustery blues within Train’s contained vocal is never fully unleashed, but nonetheless pulls all the right heartstrings. Closing with her most radio friendly fodder, Train delivers a winsome, wishful “I Wanna Live In LA”. While “I Wanna Live In LA” is optimistic pop, Train’s sensational vocal is sidelined in favour of an approach-ability.

By placing the standout track first, “Dream Of Me” wilts at first listen, but each of the three songs has the power to stand alone. As an introduction “Dream Of Me” serves Train well-let’s just hope “Dark Black” is scintillating, stirring and diverse as her EP suggests.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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