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The Girl in the Other Room

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YUCK YUCK YUCK

    I tried and tried and tried to like it, but I just can't. Elvis...oops...Diana, I mean, just seems to stumble and ramble over lyrics that seem to have been shoved into the melody. Diana: I want you back! I'll wait until you come to your senses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Other Face of Diana Krall

    I have been an enthusiastic fan of Diana Krall for over 2 years. I first took notice of her when my best friend was playing "The Look of Love". I happen to be a great fan of Antonio Carlos Jobim's music (Samba and Bossa Nova) and Diana's "Look" album had this very lush orchestral sound with the romantic and alluring beat. The distinctive string treatments, woodwinds and etherial sound were coupled with her sexy, low, bittersweet voice coming through ... it was amazing. I have since purchased 4 other Krall albums and did not hesitate to grab hold of this one. Every one of her previous albums are polished, immensely musical and fascinating. Like thousands of other fans, I waited for MONTHS and MONTHS for her to release her next album. This new CD was the reward I got for all that waiting. I cannot tell you how very disappointed I was when I put this on my CD player. Firstly, I was amazed at how amateur it sounded... almost as if it were an average woman singing in a local karaoke bar setting... nothing remotely special. On "The Girl in the Other Room", Diana sings some popular tunes written by Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Tom Waites, and while she does okay with the songs, every one of them get a better performance and more interesting arrangements by their original artist. The real disappointment on this disc are the original songs (which is the greater part of the CD) written by Krall and her new husband Elvis Costello. Typical of Costellos style, the lyrics ramble with esoteric messages, and become totally self-absorbed expressions of his "inner feelings", or in this case "Diana's inner feelings" aka: complaints, regrets and laments. Goodness, I can enjoy great blues by talented singer, but my friends, this ain't the blues! An engaging melody on any of them is difficult to find here, and it seems these tunes were written within a limited range to make them much easier to sing. In fact, I would be more apt to call these compositions "prose set to random notes" than real songs. Worse, Diana's has very clearly tried to mask her classic clear and sultry style to a whisper peppered with occasional growling utterences. Something that sounds somehow artificial and "put on" for her. Her improvised piano playing is actually far better than her voice on this one, but there is not enough musicianship and too much of the vocal ramblings to get through to in order to hear anything musical in the background. This CD does not speak to her fans, it speaks to Elvis Costello. This is THEIR album for THEIR own gratification. The simple fact is that this CD is dull, redundant and frankly very depressing in scope. Diana can do far better than this hogepodge.... and just because she is Diana Krall does not mean every album is going to be a winner... unfortunately for her fans, this CD proves it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Off to a bad start!

    I must just say, I have been a Krall fan since she started! She is probably my all-time favourite! However, most artist start their rubbish and experimental drivvel at some time, and I am afraid that Elvis Costello should stick to his own music and not try influence Diana Krall - the most disappointing album this year! I hate to admit it, but if I had to make a Choice, it would not be this album! Sorry Diana, please go back to the basics!!! Avoid Elvis Costello in the studio! WHAT IS ALL THE HYPE ABOUT - this is not your finest hour by any means - the back of the CD Rack in the OTHER ROOM the album goes. PLEASE GO BACK!!!

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