Kristin Hoffmann | Divided Heart

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Divided Heart

by Kristin Hoffmann

A soulful rock experience that explores the journey of the human heart through relationships, fears, love and life.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Mary
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2. It's A Game
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3. 3 O'Clock In The Morning
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4. Divided Heart
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5. Temple
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6. Never
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7. Don't Tell Me About It
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8. On Fire
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9. Lay Down Your Light
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10. New York City
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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It's difficult to separate Kristin Hoffmann from her music. She began playing the piano at the age of 4, started writing shortly thereafter, and released an album while still in high school. (There were years of classical study in between, most notably at Julliard School of Music's pre-college, where Kristin studied both voice and piano.)

When she talks about her life, she talks about her music - she lives her songs. Yet she's far from one-dimensional - in her 23 years, she's lived a rich life, and her experiences are interwoven into her music. She's equal parts soulful and playful, joyful and lamenting, serious and flippant, a dichotomy that becomes apparent upon one's first listen - the accessibility and simple beauty of her music accompanies deeply intellectual and emotional themes.

Although she's chosen to express her music through the rock genre, her early training is always present: her grasp of musical theory, her technical ability, and the passion and dynamics of classical music shape the style in which she writes and performs. Kristin expanded from the classical realm when she began writing - she discovered herself as a songwriter and lyricist. Music gave her the vocabulary in which to express herself, and her classical training provided its foundation.

While she cites popular influences such as Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos, Kristin's music is simply her own - and likely, that singularity led her to the enviable position of signing with a major label at the age of 19. However, Kristin's first experience under a major recording contract led to a disappointing outcome. "I was signed at a very young age, in the midst of developing as a performing artist and a songwriter," she says. "My inexperience caused me to abdicate control over the creative process, and the results no longer represented me, but an unprincipled, collective direction."

Nearing the end of her first major label experience, Kristin embarked on an introspective journey to Thailand as an effort to recapture her musical soul and acquire an overall perspective on her life and ambitions. She spent time listening to her heart - sleeping on the beach, writing and drawing, meditating, and practicing yoga. In essence, she woke up her imagination. "I brought a guitar with me, and spent countless nights playing for groups of people for no other reason than to add something to my life and to theirs," she says. "For me, it was the true meaning of music - the opportunity to share strictly for the sake of sharing."

Through her study of eastern culture, she learned to let go of the familiar, to trust her instincts, and to relax and to be patient - to take the time to let thoughts, sensations, and new ideas come to her naturally. "Everything in me is enough," she says. "I was living in a place with no electricity, no computers, no cell phones - and I was happier than I'd ever been. I realized that true happiness comes only from within myself. I gained a sound understanding of the difference between music as an art, my art, and music as a business. I now know that no matter what happens in the music business, I will be fine - and I will enjoy music and thrive within it for the rest of my life."

Kristin returned to her home in New York rejuvenated and immediately began recording the songs for Divided Heart, which she'll release on her own in May 2002. Divided Heart is an aural catalogue of her life and her experiences. It features ten new full-length songs that explore a woman's journey through life, love, heartbreak, professional challenges and personal renewal. Kristin wrote or co-wrote and performed each of the songs on Divided Heart and collaborated on the production.

While each of the carefully chosen songs holds its own meaning for Kristin, she describes "Temple" as the song most representative of where she is right now. "'Temple' represents my ideal vision of a relationship between two people and with myself," Kristin says. "It's about being real - letting yourself be seen and loved in your true light. 'Temple' is about the things that can break down this realness - things like moving in the same circles over and over again without growing. It's about opening your eyes to the night-time hunters and moving beyond them."

"I know that for me, music, the beauty of deep, permanent melody, speaks directly to the soul," said Kristin. "Music allows people to connect to each other and that connection can encompass so much, relationships, healing, exploration, love, challenge, and openness. Connecting with people, sharing who I am, is what inspires me, and I feel as if I've been given a gift in being able to express myself through music."


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Toni

Oustanding CD--It's hard to put it away
This is one of those CDs that comes along once in a while that just grabs you on first play and keeps you there. It's hard to believe someone so young writes music this mature. The composition is great, her voice is great, the whole CD is great. I can't stop listening!

Rob Berger

Awesome only begins to describe Kristin's voice
Kristin demonstrates that she is an artist that can touch your head, heart and soul with her voice on this mesmerizing collection of songs. It is very easy to feel the emotion and spirit of her Divided Heart. A must buy CD!

Charlie

Great find!!!
I love the sound. Kristin has a great voice that can be dark and soft or powerful and sweet. "On Fire" is just great - love the melody - and "3 o'clock in the morning" has a beautiful piano. I'm glad, I bought this record.

Julie

It hasn't left my CD player yet!!!
I have had this CD for over a week now and no matter how hard I try (or don't) it hasn't left my player. Not only is this on of the best albums I have ever heard, but after playing it a million times I still want to hear more! I haven't been this excited about an artist in a really, really long time!

Ross Horowitz

Why are you wasting time reading this? Just buy the CD.
What’s that? You already bought it? You just wanted to see what other people thought? I had the most amazing luck discovering Kristin. She was on after another band I went to see. Got the CD. Brought it home and listened to it. Downloaded it into my computer at work so I could listen to it there. Listening to it right now. Great, isn’t it? She’s great on stage too. She gets started and she’s one with the keyboard. There are lots of great comparisons out there, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and they’re all great artists, and Kristin is definitely in the same category with those outstanding women, but the sound is her own. Combine the classical training, the lyrics, her vocals, the keyboards and the cello, yes, the cello, and the sum is greater than the parts. An intensity, a vibration, a vision, a sexuality, a fire shines through, live or on CD, that communicates in a way no mere words can on their own. What? You haven’t bought the CD? What are you waiting for?

Tucker

This album has staying power!
The more I listen to it the better it gets! That's the
sign of a REALLY GOOD album! The perfect balance of
upbeat songs and beautiful ballads. Can't wait for the
next one!

clara

touching cd
this cd touches your guts and then your heart, then you just can't stop playing it. i saw kristin performing in nyc and i'm happy to be able to hear her other songs, equally beautiful. kristin hoffmann's voice is breathtaking and suits her piano perfectly.

CD Baby


Take the best of Tori Amos and Sara Mclachlan and you're headed down the road of this emotive, insightful folky pop with stellar production. Kristin gets down to the nitty gritty of good songwriting with a clear vision, no shortcuts and filling up every inch of musical space in the universe she carves out for herself. With an instrumental palette ranging from cello and piano to electronics, these songs live and breathe and deliver, a life of their own.

Tanima

5 stars is not enough!
As I write this review, I am listening to "Mary" from this CD. This song alone is destined to become a true classic - and believe me, there will be more to come from Kristin Hoffmann, who is the most talented singer and songwriter I have heard in years. She does it all: she writes both the words and music, plays the piano, arranges the music - but most importantly, she does all this with the most beautiful, expressive and soulful voice and heartful talent. She has her finger on the creative pulse of this extraordinary universe, and we are the lucky ones who benefit from the generous sharing of her gifts. Buy this CD and every one she has or will produce, and go see her sing in any venue you can - you will be happy you did.

David Schloss

I'm in love with this album
I really loved this album. Stumbled on it at CD Baby while shopping for other music. I've become addicted to CD Baby recently, and this was a great fix.
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