Christine Tobin - voice, Liam Noble - piano,
Kate Shortt - cello, Phil Robson - guitar,
Dave Whitford - double bass, Thebe Lipere - percussion, Simon Lea - drums.
The seventh release from this great Irish singer has received lavish critical praise, many critics claiming it as her best yet - ‘Secret Life of a Girl' sees Tobin weave tales of childhood innocence into those of multicultural London, refracted through a fascinating prism of characters. Her part fantasy, part biographical album tells of journeys from tough urban landscapes to seaside retreats, of tree houses, pebbly beaches and noble steeds.
Says Tobin: “The idea of ‘the journey', both in the physical world and in the transformation from youth to maturity, is the theme expressed in my songs through stories of different female characters. Camille is the carefree ten-year old girl who lives happily in a world where the lines between reality and fantasy blur. ‘Secret Life of a Girl' is about the trials, treasures and thrills found on the brink of change. Whilst in contrast ‘Corner Of An Eye' is inspired by the short stories of Annie Proulx, rocking horses and the notion that the horse symbolises all that is good and true in human nature.”
This immediate crossover album should see this girl being a secret no more.
The CD cover artwork is by the artist and singer - songwriter Bron Jones aka Eve Libertine.
"She should be on a global stage rubbing shoulders with fellow troubadours like Cave, Mitchell and Cohen...It's a tribute to the quality of Tobin's writing that there are no weak spots in this excellent collection"
John L Walters The Guardian ****
"Sexy, gutsy, bluesy and beautiful."
Lionel Shriver, author of ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin' on Secret Life of a Girl
"This girl's life can't stay secret much longer."
Rob Adams, Scottish Herald album of the week
"A well rounded album, the warmth and authenticity of Tobin's voice making her one of the standout vocalists on the UK jazz scene"
Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise May 2008 issue ****
"A class act."
Ivan Hewett The Daily Telegraph
"This imaginative set may be the one that finally pushes her towards wider recognition."
John Bungey The Times ***
"Why isn't Christine Tobin a household name?...an album of cherishable ambition and total distinction."
"Visceral yet sensuous, Tobin disturbs even as she entices."
Mike Butler (Manchester Metro)
"Tobin creates... wonders of line of phrasing.."
Ray Comiskey, Irish Times
"...another rewarding collection of deep-song
from a singer/songwriter who combines literate compositions with a tangible sense of the
jazz life, with all its attendant passions, joys
Chris May, All About Jazz