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5.0 out of 5 stars An Exotic Journey, 28 May 2012
This review is from: The Absence (Audio CD)
You'll have to keep me on a short lead here! I might just get carried away!
Melody Gardot's 2009 album 'My One and Only Thrill' blew me away (2007's
'Worrisome Heart' wasn't half-bad either). I see absolutely no reason to
revise my view of this superb performer with her new album 'The Absence'.
Her collaboration with Brazilian producer Heitor Pereira is a thing of
real beauty. Restraint is the key word here. Ms Gardot knows how to make
every note and every word count in this collection of eleven bewitching songs.

Take a number like 'So We Meet Again My Heartache'. With a voice which barely
rises above a tremulous whisper Ms Gardot wrings every last ounce of emotion
from a composition which, with its shimmering string arrangement, touches
something deep in our hearts. It is a transcendent performance. So too with the
shadowy allure of 'My Heart Won't Have It Any Other Way', whose impeccable
phrasing and stunning breath control delivers one of her finest performances
to date. The album is an exotic travelogue whose substantially Latin ambience
is full of longing and regret but when she let's her hair down, as she does on the
luminously upbeat final track 'Iemanga', we are compelled to dance along with her!

No ifs, no buts - this is simply glorious stuff!

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Initial post: 3 Jun 2012 11:04:57 BDT
J White says:
The Absence
Fabulous review, I could not have put it better myself. Staggering talent!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 16:18:47 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear J.W.

Many thanks for your very kind comments.
I'm glad you've found something in the album to love too!

Best Wishes

The Wolf

Posted on 14 Jun 2012 10:11:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jun 2012 10:12:55 BDT
Cloudberry says:
As usual, Wolf, a spot-on review.

The only thing I don't like about the album is the ten minute silence at the end of "Iemanga", before the bonus piece - I don't understand it (unless I'm missing something - feel free to tell me). Apart from that, she is just one glorious, sultry woman, with masses of talent who is writing mature music beyond her tender years. As you say, glorious.

Regards

Big G

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 10:55:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jun 2012 11:20:28 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear Big G

Thanks for your kind comments.

The long silence to which you refer is probably no more than an
affectation. It seems to have irritated some listeners but did not
spoil the album for me. I love it more and more with each listen.

Best Wishes

The Wolf
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