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Reviews of Christine Tobin


27/05/0010 Various quotes

"Sexy, gutsy, bluesy and beautiful."
Lionel Shriver, Orange prize-winning author of ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’

"a jewel of the London jazz scene, streets ahead of the pack… She should be on a global stage, rubbing shoulders with fellow troubadours like Cave, Mitchell and Cohen.”
John L Walters The Guardian, May 08
(Secret Life Of A Girl)

"This group, by drawing their influence from diverse sources, has freed jazz from the
American concepts and this universality
appealed to me more than anything else”
Calcutta Times

“What draws me to her is her sound. I really like what she does and I find myself listening to what she says. I’m reminded that the voice is the primary source of all music.”
Mike Figgis film director

"That jazz is more about getting into its ‘spirit’ than sticking-to-genres was highlighted in this group.”
The Hindustan Times

“Christine Tobin has a particular aura of wandering on thin ice above the abyss of fatal threats. Her glowing voice is stamped by a sadness cloaked in beauty, like in a never exploding drama.”
Ulrich Olshausen Frankfurter Allgemeiner

“Christine’s own lyrics often echo Cohen’s
style of poetry. “I will let you flatter me/ Stroke
my silken hair/ And when you tousle with my shyness/ Make you believe I really care” –
sounds like Leonard to me.”
Lionel Schriver in Jazzwise Magazine 2008

“One of the most gifted and original singer/songwriters in today’s jazz world.”
BBC Music Magazine

“A singer who refuses to be boxed in
by convention.”
Clive Davis, The Sunday Times

“Tobin is forthright , self-revalatory , eclectic
and experimental.”
John Fordham, The Guardian

“The Tobin voice is simply peerless.”
Jazzwise Magazine

“Definitely one of the country’s very
finest musicians.”
Linton Chiswick ,Time Out

“One of the most creative vocalists on the contemporary scene."
Jazz UK

“One of the finest vocal jazz collections in years”
(Deep Song)
John Lewis, Time Out

“Great timing is a gift given to few and one that Tobin possesses, along with an exciting tendency to take the darker path.”
The Times

“The Voice is a killer.”

“Too humane and humorous to preach, and too intelligent to deliver a formula for life, Christine Tobin is nevertheless fascinated by the pursuit of something that might stand up as The Truth”
Jazz UK J. Fordham

"What PJ Harvey achieved in rock and what Bjork did to dance music Christine Tobin could do to jazz - for the music's benefit."
The Guardian

“You Draw The Line is about Tobin setting her own philosophical agenda and crafting a personal creative lexicon that shakes those horribly glib terms such as tradition, modernity and post-modernity into a heady cocktail of originality.”
Kevin Le Gendre, Music Week

"She's got one of those voices that can move from pure, pastoral-edged folk whimsy to big angry blues mama in a single phrase; from world-weary interpreter of show tunes to howling rock diva within a single note...............one of the finest vocal jazz collections in years."
Time Out

"Tobin's voice has an edge that recalls more over-the-top singers - the dangerous bite of Cathy Berberian, the damaged croak of Marianne Faithfull - without ever lurching into melodrama. She performs with a controlled drama."
The Guardian

Jazzwise hail her as "probably the most adventurous jazz singer of her generation in this country… This album leaves the back door open for fans of P.J. Harvey or Joan as Policewoman to get into her music."
Jazzwise May 2008

"lovely, many-hued voice – discreet and yet characterful. A class act."
The Telegraph

Chris Parker, VORTEX online, May 08

"This imaginative set may be the one that finally pushes her towards wider recognition."
John Bungey, The Times ***

“…an album of cherishable ambition and
total distinction”
Robert Shore, London Metro

“This might be the most transparently intimate
and assured statement so far of what the unique singer Christine Tobin is all about”
John Fordham Jazz UK

“…it's a tribute to the quality of Tobin's writing that there are no weak spots in this excellent collection” ****
The Guardian


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