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Album Review

Christine Collister has issued a handful of classic singer/songwriter albums since embarking on her solo career in 1992. While her smoky alto has always been her calling card, Collister also shows a knack for blending elements of jazz, pop, and folk into a rich musical landscape. An Equal Love is another fine entry in her canon, featuring self-penned and borrowed compositions with eclectic arrangements. The album begins on a somber note with "Waiting for My Prayer," a dark song tinged by a hopeful outcome, while "Can't Cry Hard Enough" utilizes keyboards and drums for a more contemporary sound. Collister really digs deep to offer an affecting vocal on Sarah McLachlan's "Full of Grace." The piano and tasteful string arrangements provide an austere backdrop, giving the song a quiet, "unplugged" feel that works well with her voice. Collister has penned several memorable songs with poetic lyrics, including "Venus Proud" and "An Equal Love." What makes her writing so fascinating is its dreamy quality. She sings, "Then the moon licked my brow/Kissed the frown from my head/And slipped out of my fists/All the love that lay dead," in "Venus Proud." Her lyrics never give the impression that she's trying to work out personal issues, even though that's what artists do when they write. Instead, she writes about universal concerns in a universal language. Collister is also a fine interpreter of more familiar fare, offering an a cappella version of "Motherless Child" and ending the album with a subdued rendition of "Moon River." An Equal Love will sit comfortably beside Collister's earlier work and will be warmly greeted by music lovers with discerning taste. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

An Equal love

I fell in love with Christine Collister listening to For a Dancer on NPR. I called up and asked "Who was THAT?" I spent the next several hours tracking down every song that existed on the internet because Itunes hadn't discovered her yet. My two favorites are For a Dancer (Love is a Strange Hotel)and Private Storm (Blue Aconite). Her voice is a rich contralto and her range exquisite. Her covers and originals are equally breathtaking. Hunt down the albums itunes doesn't carry, and buy the ones here that you can. She is a singer songwriter of enormous potential. Prepare to weep with the beauty and depth of her music.

Biography

Born: December 28, 1961 in Douglas, Isle of Man

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Christine Collister is one of the most respected female vocalists in contemporary British folk-rock. Although she first attracted attention as a member of Richard Thompson's band in the late '80s and then in a duo that she shared with Clive Gregson, the former leader of British rock band Any...
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