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Christina Courtin is a Juilliard-trained violinist yet there are few bursts of dexterity that would betray this classical background on her elegant debut release. That’s not a put-down. She just seems to want to be taken more as a singer/songwriter than an instrumental dynamo, and at this she certainly succeeds on the strength of her charming, demure voice and slightly eccentric delivery. Her music is by turns soothing (“Green Jay,” “Hedonistic Paradise,” “Rainy”), playful (“Foreign Country,” “One Man Down”), and melancholic (“Bundah,” “Mulberries”), with a wide range of instruments employed (including strings, slide guitar, and toy pianos) and clever arrangements. The one exception comes near the end of “Laconia,” where her soft demeanor is interrupted by a frenzied burst of unexpected angst showing a different side of Courtin. Backed by a cast of A-list players for hire including Benmont Tench, Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz, and Greg Cohen, the music is impeccably polished and a good fit for Courtin’s whimsical chamber pop. This tender debut will likely appeal to fans of other sweet songstresses like Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Feist, and Zee Avi.

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Christina's gorgeously unique voice atop her simple yet interesting music makes for a beautiful Album. Her string arrangments are superb, and her voice is one of the coolest i've heard. I highly reccomend (if not the whole album) Foreign Country and Green Jay.


Fabulous record that I first caught wind of through All Songs Considered (thanks Bob Boilen for yet another great tip). Proof yet again that formal training does not necessarily prevent one from making mind blowing pop songs (on the contrary, it can be an enormous advantage) and that amateur dilettantes (like myself) who grew up with the punk/post-punk mentality that "anyone can play guitar" should think twice. It's intimidating enough to discourage one from trying to write songs, and just leave it to the professionals. Who's the bassist on this album, by the way? He/she kills.

This is the BEST record I've heard... many many years! Finally, something that is real. I love all the songs....they are all beautifully crafted. Check it out. She's amazing. I've listened to it on repeat. Best ten dollars I've spent in a long time!!!


Born: 1984 in Buffalo, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, Christina Courtin occupies the middle ground between contemporary folk, vocal jazz, and alternative pop/rock. The New York native began studying violin at three years old, and her quick mastery of the instrument led to an interest in singing, songwriting, and performing. After enrolling at the Juilliard School, she began collaborating with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, and Osvaldo Golijov, utilizing her talents as both a vocalist and violinist....
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