- Audio CD (15 Oct. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Decca
- ASIN: B008FSCNTK
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Glad Rag Doll
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For the recording of Glad Rag Doll, Diana Krall went into the studio with T Bone Burnett and came out with what the jazz singer calls a "song and dance record". This new sound is evident on tracks such as "There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears", written by composer Fred Fisher.
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The whole album really could belong in enother era which combines elements of Gypsy jazz, barrel house blues and some good old romantic balladry. Mark ribot on guitar plays a very big part of the accompaniment on this album and Diana's own piano playing often takes a back seat. Many of the tunes have a nice stripped down and laid back affair with minimal backing which is quite unlike her previous albums.
For me this is a much better album than the very low key "Quiet Nights" which gained as much criticism as it did praise. This is a brave and bold step from Diana which may disappoint her Non-jazz fan listeners but for those who can put aside the rapid change of direction then there is much to be enjoyed.
No comment directly on some of the other reviews, but "pompous", "ignorant about the roots of jazz", not to mention "narrow minded" are comments that might apply to some of them. Really, what do some of you expect? That she will simply reprise the material she and others have already done more than once? She's an artist - she needs to grow. Great Diana, more please. I think you're great at the classics, and my respect for you as an artist has increased as a result of this album. Keep listening to the 78s!
This new offering does at least attempt to take a new approach in presenting Krall as something more than an easy listening popular jazz artist, but unfortunately it's not a wholly successful exercise.
The cover of the CD, on which Krall is uncharacteristically and somewhat tastelessly portrayed as some Britney-like sex doll, is a clue to the changes within. The first few tracks, however, will lead you to think that you're in for another round of 'Quiet Nights', but suddenly by track 5 we're in the new world of the blues/ rock Diana, that only increases in its drawn out monotony as the album progresses.
Don't get me wrong, some of the tracks are very good indeed and are a refreshing diversion from the Krall norm, but the production of this album overall is rather muddy and does not pay homage to any instrument, including the vocals, except the electric guitar, which takes over as the main focus of extended bridge in too many of the tracks.
She does deserve some credit for attempting something different here, which in some tracks works fairly well, but the album as a whole won't appeal to fans of her earlier work, but neither will it appeal to rock or blues fans either, and this is its fundamental problem. It simply doesn't know what kind of album to be, and Krall really does seem to have come rather unstuck with this ill-advised muddle of styles.
Further listening might make it grow on you, but I can't help feeling, rather reluctantly, that Krall is going to be forced back into her comfort zone after this.
Too much, too soon, too muddled.
Getting beyond this....
It is however a gem of an album with no fancy orchestras, just simple ballads and songs performed very well indeed.
(It is after all that husky voice that is Diana Krall), and in this album we get to enjoy that voice at its very best with minimal backing.
An excellent album, which I have been listening to over and over again...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent choice of material and produced by T- bone Burnett. How could it go wrong?Published 2 months ago by Headintheclouds
Diana Krall has been for sometime the best British jazz singer as well as a very cool pianist.Published 6 months ago by Robert Renwick
My first foray into Mrs Costello's work. And its very easy listening, nice Sunday morning chill out music. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
slept thru on the plane to Singapore while this was playing! Bought CDon return its brilliant! Superb music and vocals and still very relaxing.Published 10 months ago by Esther Irene Collins