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(20 February 2000) The debut album from singer songwriter
Kristin Banks, entitled House Of Echoes (Moon-Rose Records
(USA) KB101-D, 1998) is a collection of twelve highly accessible
and well produced songs. The Connecticut native began her training
at Hartt School of Music at the age of 13. Later she studied Musical
Theatre at Syracuse University and moved to Southern California.
Kristin sang for the country dance band Ramblin' Rose and was nominated
for "Best New Female Vocalist" by the California Country Music Association
in 1996 before launching her solo career. Now based in San Diego
Kristin specialises in soft rock and pop love songs with excellent
dramatic and theatrical delivery.
Supported by guitars, keyboards, bass and percussion, Kristin's
debut album is first and foremost a vocal-oriented album. Additional
backing vocals are by Kristin, Patty Klien, Sara Weivoda and Sharon
Bishop. Ten of the tracks are written by Kristin herself while the
remaining two are co-written with Rick "Raven" P., who also plays
guitar and verious keyboards on the album. Instrumental production
is top notch and faithfully permit Kristin's theatrically
soaring vocals to dominate the album.
The album opens with a very catchy and somewhat country-style
ballad entitled "Tossin' Anchors"—Kristin's voice will capture the
attention of the listner, regardless of their typical musical
Evocative and theatrical, the title track is a slow
ballad with lush instrumentation carried by a piano melody and
stunning vocals. The album's soft rock numbers have richer
production, more backing vocals and modern vocal effects that
add lustre to the sound of Kristin's voice. "A Better World,"
the exquisite "City Of Angels" and "One Small Candle," with its
lovely guitar part. The style is further echoed and combined with
a slight country edge in "These Dreams Of Mine."
"Jewel In Your Crown" and "Danglin' From Your Chain" are sensitively
sung ballads sung performed with light instrumentation and only a
touch of backing vocals. The lovely soft rock ballads "Another
Woman's Dream" and "Midnight Lady" are certainly most illustrative of
the extensive the range, emotional depth and sheer power of Kristin's
voice. The most accessible track on the album, co-written with Rick
"Raven" P., is "Make You Mine," is a testament to their songwriting,
instrumental production and Kristin's soaring vocal ability—and one
with single and airplay potential. Dramatic and theatrically sung
with lush instrumentation,
"Rest In Peace" concludes the album, again illustrating Kristin's
vocal power, emotional energy and tremendous range.
An album certain to please female vocalist enthusiasts,
House Of Echoes is stunning and captivated us from first
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doesn't hurt her either! An extensive array of soundbites can be
heard at her mp3.com website.
A digital audio music CD with nine of her debut
album's tracks can also be obtained there.
You can order Kristin's album House Of Echoes from amazon.com
here. Certainly worthy of extensive exploration, this album is a