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A Change of Direction Which Is Only Partly Successful
on 29 October 2012
Hmmm..... I must admit that the last two studio albums from Krall, which while very pleasant, were creating a strong sense of deja vu in me, and, much the same as Micheal Buble, she seemed to be in a complacent rut of similar arrangements of middle of the road crowd pleasers that offered little in the way of variety and development.
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.