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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As Good Gets, 20 Mar. 2009
This review is from: My One and Only Thrill (Audio CD)
OK, let's get this straight. Right here, right now. No messing.

This is one of the best albums you will be likely to hear this year.
(.....or next year, or in the coming decade, come to that).

'My One and Only Thrill' is the real deal.

Universal/Verve have thrown a whole lot of moolah at this production and
Ms Gardot hasn't wasted a cent. Gold begets gold here in every way.

As if this brave young woman's voice were not enough, Mr Klein's
loving and masterful production, Mr Prendergast's exquisite musical
direction and Mr Mendoza's phenomenal string arrangements raise
the twelve songs in this collection to heights rarely achievable in any
composer/performer's career.

The voice. Oh my, my, what a voice we have on show here!

Warm, dark, expressive, playful. An utterly gorgeous instrument.

The writing is steadfastly and consistently inspired. Many of these songs
could have been written at any time during the past half-century but
never for a moment are they anachronistic or derivative.
They burst into our world fresh and fully formed, crammed with subtle
and elusive musical ideas.

The gentle gospel soul of 'Who Will Comfort Me' and the sublime slow
blues of 'Your Heart Is As Black As Night' display a completely assured
grasp of both genres.

'Our Love Is Easy' is a blissful threnody, brimful of whistful passion.

'My One and Only Thrill' is a fragile masterwork whose heartrending melody
and haunting orchestration could not fail to bring hope and affirmation
to anyone who has ever had even the smallest experience of true love.

The quirky lilting latin rhythm of 'Les Etoiles', with its' delightful
vocal extemporisations, is a thing of pure joy.

So too Ms Gardot's idiosyncratic take on 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'
which successfully shines a bright new light on an old warhorse.

For one who stumbled upon her accidently this album is a revelation.

I dare you, too, not to be bewitched.

Essential.
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2009 18:51:41 GMT
This review is also as good as it gets. Thank you for such a stimulating reflection, a small work of art in itself.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2009 19:06:10 GMT
The Wolf says:
( Blush )

Thankyou so much for your kind comments Mr Posner.

Best Wishes

The Wolf

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2009 20:38:12 BDT
Any more Jazz artist like her you can recommend,?.... must be singer/songwriters....because I do not like when they sing other people's songs.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2009 23:50:22 BDT
The Wolf says:
Hello Mr Music

Not strictly jazz but you may wish to explore the work ( if you haven't already )
of the wonderful Laura Nyro.

'Eli and the Thirteenth Confession' (1968) and 'New York Tendaberry' (1969)
would have to be, in my estimation, two of the most extraordinary recordings
ever made by a singer/songwriter. Nothing less than sublime in fact.

The world is a much darker place without her.

Best Wishes

The Wolf

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2009 21:58:16 BDT
thanks

Posted on 10 May 2009 10:01:45 BDT
Your comments are like reading poetry, and I wonder if you are a lyricist yourself? I couldn't agree with you more. I stumbled across 'My one and only thrill' only the video clip , a few minutes ago, and the little taste has already made me sob, and become breathless with anticipation, as Melody's voice and the essence of her, have touched similar chords deep within my soul. I can't wait for my copy of the DVD to arrive.
I also note we have quite number more favourite artists, and albums. Keep up with your marvelously accurate and poetic reviews.
Melanie.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2009 16:39:46 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear Ms Van Der Linde

Thankyou for your warm and generous comments !
It's good to know that at least one person out there
doesn't think me a complete moron !

Ms Gardot's album is a real treasure.

Best Wishes

The Wolf

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2009 13:47:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jul 2009 10:54:56 BDT
Purpleheart says:
I have adored Laura Nyro since I was a teen. If this is in the same class then I must buy immediately! thanks for the recommendation

Posted on 22 Sep 2010 12:21:06 BDT
D. Thompson says:
An excellent review of a truly wonderful record. I'm shocked it has taken me till now to discover her.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2010 16:23:46 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear D.T.

Many thanks for your kind comment.
Ms Gardot is very special isn't she!
I'm glad you found her too.
Better late than never!

Best Wishes

The Wolf
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