Christina Martin, Sleeping With A Stranger
Halifax’s Christina Martin is already on her fifth album, but don’t feel too bad if you’ve missed out, because Sleeping With A Stranger is some of her finest work. Listeners will immediately be enamored with Martin’s beautiful voice; she has a slight treble that is reminiscent of Sarah Slean making for quite an emotional impact.
The album opens with “Water It” an analogy of keeping a relationship alive but it also showcases her craftsmanship as a pop musician and not just a singer-songwriter.
The title track follows up with a darker tone; a steady guitar chug with acoustic plucks dancing around the heartbreaking line, “I’ve been sleeping with a stranger to pass the time”. This piece also includes a string build-up that is a nice surprise.
“Marina” is one of two character pieces that looks at women saving their hearts from love; The song features some wonderful slide guitar work (Courtesy of producer/husband Dale Murray). The epilogue to “Marina” entitled “Away From Me” is a soft piano piece engulfed in harmonies from the viewpoint of the lover that she has just left behind.
Sleeping With A Stranger has enough surprises for the most avid alt-country fans to enjoy and you can’t help but fall for her genuine stories and passionate delivery. (Come Undone Records) ~ 4 Stars