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Eagerly awaited but rather disappointing
on 27 June 2009
I've been a big admirer of Diana Krall ever since I bought "When I Look In Your Eyes", which to my ears is still her best CD to date. Loved some of the others, too, but this, I have to say, is a bit disappointing.
Not that it's downright bad, but here we have Diana moving perilously close in style and production to the sort of stuff churned out mercilessly by the soporific Norah ("Snorah") Jones. If you like Norah, you'll love this.
The super-close miked breathy vocals are un-necessary (thinks, "we already KNOW these songs are supposed to be romantic...") and the production doesn't really do Diana's usally exceptional voice any justice. The performances are, as ever, polished - but most of the songs performed here I'd frankly rather hear in their original incarnations.
A set of love songs dedicated to lucky hubby Elvis Costello, this collection is just a bit too soft, sweet and gooey for my tastes. Diana has often sent tingles down my spine with her romantic numbers (try "Why Should I Care" on the aforementioned "When I Look In Your Eyes") -- but this somehow lacks that certain spark, the "je ne sais quoi" that makes her other CD's such essential listening.