Krista Green is a self-taught guitarist and drummer who has been song writing for ten years and now lives in Bournemouth working as a full time musician. She specialises in acoustic folk inspired pop songs. Her songs are upbeat, funky, catchy and lyrically poetic. Now those who read my reviews frequently will be well aware that my music of choice usually sits within the Punk, Folk-Punk, Indie and Folk-Rock genres. So to be upfront and transparent this isn’t normally the type of music that normally finds its way to the top of playlist very often. Why then have I found this album so bloody addictive.
The first thing that strikes you about ‘Stepping Stones’ is Greens voice. It is sweet as honey, joyful and has a smile in every word. It is versatile, her phrasing and enunciation immaculate, at various times she reminded me of Lily Allen, Kate Nash (without the swearing), Laura Marling and even, most often, Katie Melua. Her voice has that beautiful warm, joyful, breathiness that is so characteristic of Melua’s vocal performances.
Stepping Stones is a collection of eleven songs all built around the theme of relationships. They are mostly love songs but there is a touch of angst an bitterness in a few of the songs. Again the subject matter isn’t my normal fare, I prefer, anger, angst and political rebellion as my staple musical diet, but Green’s songs will have you singing along, tapping your feet and searching for the repeat button time after time. It seems a little churlish to pick favourite tracks as every song has its own charms. Repeated listens have seen ‘Bellies full of Booze’ emerge as a firm favourite with its commentary on social and anti-social drinking and fights between drunken lovers.The horns on the song give the song a really funky feel and help to pull you along at a frantic pace.
‘Never let you down’ is simply gorgeous. It starts out with just vocal, piano and guitar and slowly builds as Cello, Flugelhorn and even a steel guitar add layers and textures as it builds to its climax. Melodies, the closing track is a nicely stripped back live track just vocal, Guitar, drums and a really top class blues harp that lies just under the surface and plays a supporting role to green’s vocal, it really is a delight.
In the cover notes of the album Green pays tribute to Jay Pocknell who recorded, mixed and mastered the album, he also plays on many of the tracks. I think that this credit is very well deserved. The whole piece is beautifully engineered, the mix is sympathetic and subtle capturing the mood of the album perfectly. The musicianship throughout is superb but never overwhelming, it always plays a supporting role to the vocals, building textures, a pallet that allows Green to paint a stunningly beautiful canvas. We all have our favourite bands, genre’s and musical styles but the reason we all love music so much is that it always has the potential to surprise and delight you. This is an album full of joy and good cheer, an album that will make you smile and that will have you reaching for it anytime you want to bring a bit of musical sunshine into your life.