(18 November 2000) The two latest EPs by Kristin Banks are
entitled Gypsy Souls and Silent Prayer. Both are available
from mp3.com as Digital Audio Music CDs currently. Earlier this year the
artist released a four track EP of live tracks entitled Live at
mp3.com in the same format; based on the earnings statistics, this
release mechanism is working quite well for the attractive singer
songwriter. Our review of Kristin's first album
House Of Echoes has drawn a lot of attention from Musical
One of the internet's most popular artists, Kristin is
catching the attention of industry professionals while capturing the
hearts of listeners around the world. Kristin has been featured
numerous times on mp3.com, includin the "Artist Spotlight," "Song Of
The Day," "Hot New MP3" and "Featured Love Song." The songs "City Of
Angels," "These Dreams Of Mine" and "Jewel In Your Crown" have all
reached the #1 spot in their genre charts, and "City Of Angels" was
recently names Easy Listening Song of the Year (1999) by mp3.com.
Silent Prayer is a five-track EP and as a DAM
will play in mp3 format on your computer and in full audio splendour
on a standard CD player. The album opens with "How It All Came Down,"
a lovely vocal track with rocking instrumental arrangements. The
ballad "Silent Prayer" illustrates the sensual side of Kristin's
vocal talent as it is sung with tremendous emotion and only light
accompaniment. While "Rock Me Baby" is a gently rocking ballad,
Kristin's voice soars above the backing harmonies in the choruses.
We thoroughly enjoyed the instrumental intensity and
stunning production quality of the country-style rocking of "Only
Love." The choruses are drenched with emotion as Kristin's lead
vocal soars above the backing harmonies. Tremendous instrumental
arrangements support "One Small Candle" that closes the EP. This
is a stunning lightly rocking track that perfectly illustrates
Kristin's range, power and depth. Certain to appeal to a broad
audience range mixing a soaring lead with lovely backing harmonies,
this track alone is worth the entire price of the EP.
Gypsy Souls is comprised of five radio friendly
easy listening tracks that rock with a country edge. "Gift Of Love"
opens the EP. It's simple mix reveals the wonderful vocal talent of
this emerging singer. The production quality is substantially improved
with the dynamic instrumental arrangements of the title track that
follow. A driving light rock song entitled "Your Angel" reveals the
power and range of the artist in her soaring vocal excursions. We
especially enjoyed vocal harmonies as well as the the guitar- and
"Finding Myself" is a lovely and sensitively sung
ballad with only light instrumentation supporting Kristin's
mid-register lead vocal. The EP concludes with a light country-style
ballad entitled "How Do I Deal." The lead vocal part is especially
illustrative of the power, range and depth of the artist's talent
and is performed in what we call a Star Search style. It
is a tremendous track, worth the price of the EP on its own.
Clearly Kristin Banks is making excellent progress towards
a second commercial release. While we would have preferred all of the
tracks to be included in one package with complete liner notes, the
DAM format is an excellent way to be introduced to the artist's new
material. Both of the EPs are available from Kristin
website. Visit today and have a listen. With a new album certain
to emerge soon, Kristin Banks' latest EPs are worth a journey—a very
nice listen indeed!