Compared to Melody Gardot's fine live performances, were you disappointed by her 1st album - a potentially great voice accompanying derivative join-the-dots jazz/blues; all very gratifying & competent but it never quite hit the spot?
Be prepared to be very pleasantly surprised by this 2nd album, which, IMHO, confirms that a great talent has truly arrived.
Her vocal-style is still 'cool jazz diva', but her voice now has greater authority, charm & emotion - but never sounds contrived - with diction & phrasing that compares with the very best.
There's also some great playing (includes MG on guitar & piano) & very skillful arranging, which effortlessly & elegantly adds drama & accent to MG's vocals. Don't forget, she also writes her own material - Somewhere Over The Rainbow, aside. (Nicely recorded/mixed etc, too.)
Initially tried to play this CD as background music while working at my computer. Hopeless! Repeatedly had to stop work to listen to the music.
Exquisite, & also rather cool. Love it!