Look of Love

The Look of Love

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by Diana Krall
     
 

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Diana Krall's trademark contralto is cool, intimate, and graceful, its contours perfectly suited to small ensembles -- particularly the trio with which she made her name during the '90s. On her previous date, the 1999 platinum-seller When I Look in Your Eyes, a program drawn from American Songbook repertoire (both…  See more details below

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Diana Krall's trademark contralto is cool, intimate, and graceful, its contours perfectly suited to small ensembles -- particularly the trio with which she made her name during the '90s. On her previous date, the 1999 platinum-seller When I Look in Your Eyes, a program drawn from American Songbook repertoire (both classic and obscure) that spent 62 weeks at No. 1 on the jazz charts, Krall extended her scope, augmenting the trio and quartet format with a Johnny Mandel-arranged orchestra. With The Look of Love, her Brazilian-flavored follow-up, Krall and producer Tommy LiPuma pull out all the stops, roping in the arranger Claus Ogerman and two (count 'em, two) symphony orchestras, as well as guitar guests Dori Caymmi, John Pisano, and Romero Lubambo and percussion masters Paulinho da Costa and Luis Conte.Chief supporting musicians include such jazz greats as guitarist Russell Malone, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Peter Erskine.The sound is lush and restrained; the production values are decidedly pop, right down to the Bruce Weber photographs on the inner sleeve. Not unlike Shirley Horn, one of her primary stylistic models, Krall sings without affect, addressing the lyrics with smoldering clarity and intelligence, phrasing with just the right touch of hornlike elasticity. By this point, she's a phenomenon unto herself.

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Diana Krall has a good voice and plays decent piano, but this somewhat ridiculously packaged Verve CD seems like an obvious attempt to turn her into a pop icon, and sex symbol to boot. The bland arrangements by Claus Ogerman (who conducts the London Symphony Orchestra or the Los Angeles Session Orchestra on each track) border on easy listening, while Krall and her various supporting musicians, including John Pisano, Russell Malone, Christian McBride, and Peter Erskine (among others), clearly seem stifled by their respective roles. There are plenty of strong compositions here, including standards like "I Remember You," "The Night We Called It a Day," and "I Get Along Without You Very Well," but the unimaginative and often syrupy charts take their toll on the performances. What is even sillier is the label's insistence on attempting to photograph the artist in various sultry poses, which she evidently wants to discourage by refusing to provide much of a smile (the rumor is that she's not happy with this part of the business at all). If you are looking for unchallenging background music, this will fit the bill, but jazz fans are advised to check out Krall's earlier releases instead.
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As an example of savvy music business, calibrated to achieve crossover appeal, The Look of Love is a clear success.

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Release Date:
09/18/2001
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0731454984621
catalogNumber:
549846
Rank:
20241

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The Look of Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have her last 4 cd's and I saw her in concert and I never felt cheated. I know I won't be disappointed with her new cd. She sounds like Julie London (Cry Me A River) and plays like Nat Cole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
unoriginal singing of standards. mood is lifted from Sinatra, the man to listen to if you want the REAL thing. Sinatra creates moods,sings with such originality,such sublime phrasing,such feeling, monotonous wannabees fade into oblivion. which Sinatra album? go look!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diana Krall is one of the finest jazz ladies of todays time. Just looking at the titles of some of her tracks it looks like itll be a promising cd. She is redoing a couple of old time favorites and with a voice like her shes sure to make every song angelic sounding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must have for a Diana Krall fan! Very slick and sophisticated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all but one of Diana Cd's. I'm diffidently running out to buy this one tomarrow. Three of my favorite songs, Cry Me A River, Besame Mucho & The Look Of Love with reviewing. Diana display as usual her tender and sophisticated way about her. Thanks Diana Krall
Guest More than 1 year ago
After playing Diana Krall,in my taxi. I had too make little cards, on my computer,to give my costumers, with her name and where too buy the CDs. here in Copenhagen. Denmark.I can play other artists and nobody ask who it is. Playing Diana Krall, I had too write her name 6 times in one day.So I look forward to get the new CD in my Taxi. Joern Duelund
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been more enthused about the release of this CD, than anything album I can remember for decades...... I raced to Borders when the store opened Tuesday and got 3 copies and the bonus track/interview with Diana and tore open the CD package....The arrangements are gorgeous....But are they really jazz? I think not. It is disappointing to hear Verve/Ms Krall take the commercial route they have chosen on this album. If you want mood music..candles, wine etc. this album is great...If you want some serious Diana Krall doing what she does best....play jazz piano...it's a disappointment...If you like tinkling keys set against lush strings you'll like Look of Love...If you are longing to hear some new Krall piano interpretations you'll be disappointed.... The album is a definite mood album. It is really a commercial offering intended to broaden Diana's appeal....In my humble opinion, for true Krall lovers, we need to hear Diana expound on the piano and swing! This album does not offer any swing. For your next romantic interlude Look of Love would be great. For serious Krall fans, who love to hear what she does best....play jazz piano...it does not tickle my fancy. BUT....I'm looking forward to a next offering that gets back to great sounds mixing her jazz piano with that silky/sultry voice....Let's see maybe a collection of jazz classics like....Night in Tunisia.....Round Midnight,...Salt Peanuts.....Take Five......Fontessa.......A Tribute to Oscar Peterson and/or Bill Evans....I can't wait for that one.... Rob Blair aka JazzBeau
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diane is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
More Roses from the taxidriver. Yesterday I was driving with an 11 year old boy and a´nurse from an institution, after a´while the boy told me: Driver you got real nice music! I think that if Diana Krall have such a great apeal,even too the yonger generations, there are still hope for the REAL musicians.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another GREAT album! There's more to music than how many notes you can fit into a measure. Your critics are just jealous of your success. Keep it up! Diana, if you ever need someone to wax your piano, I'm your man!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Krall, Krappppppppppp recording. Having gone to all this trouble and expense lining up these potentially great accompaniments all I hear is the thump of BASS! Even when the LSO get in the act the bass creates distortion and Ruins the music of this terrific young lady. This recording engineer has spoilt my enjoyment and cost me alot of time. Even after modifying my set-up I can't get rid of the aweful bass noise. My gear is good fidelity. Check out the track 9 - dreadful
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jazz diva Diana Krall has done it once again with a remarkable collection of love songs. Not to mention it is a fascinating and involving collection of jazz music. Not only is she able to hold audiences spellbound but its no wonder why she is the current best selling lady of Jazz. I love the Bossa Nova style ballads on this cd. My favorite track ¿Maybe You¿ll Be There,¿ is the not only my favorite song on this cd bus possibly my favorite of all her cd's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The colourful voice in 'S wonderful or the intensity of Besame mucho, both with the piano accompainment remind us that we are listening a fine jazz CD that will easily become a classic one. Just listen and lets be swung by a sensual atmosphere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't heard Diana Krall, you're missing one of this generation's musical treasures. She is a true jazz talent reminiscent of Peggy Lee and June Christy in her vocal stylings and makes each standard on this CD her own with sultry phrasing and lyrical interpretation much wiser than her youthful age should allow. I recommend ''The Look of Love'' highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sultry, sexy Diana Krall slows you down and warms you up with her smooth vocals and beautiful piano playing. A must have! Play this when you've had a bad day and watch your mood melt away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SHE WILL NEVER GIVE YOU A BAD PERFORMANCE;,EVERY CUT WILL TOTALY RELAX YOU WITH HER SMOOTH VELVET VOICE AND EXCELANTE ARRANGEMENTS THIS CD IS WORTH IT.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have every one of Ms. Krall's CD's and this by far is the finest composition I have ever heard in a very long time. Producing and engineering of Ms. Krall's Look of Love CD is tops. Mr. Al Schmitt excels his talent by mixing Ms. Krall and the music. The CD actually takes you on a very far away journey to a sensual tropical Black Tie evening. Ms. Krall and Mr. Schmitt...you have another Grammy winner here! Congratulations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this cd! The title track is one of my favorite songs of all time! I remembered when Nancy Wilson and Anita Baker sang this song. They were good but this one even beats their renditions. This is one of the best cds of 2001.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL CD I HAVE EVER HEARD, AND I HAVE HEARD A LOT. THIS GAL IS MOST FANTASTIC AND I HAVE ALL OF HER CD'S
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this CD to people of all ages. Listen to it alone and you get dreamy and nostalgic or with your honey and cuddle up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album (it's my first experience with her music)! I understand her die-hard fans' criticism of change in genre (think Harry Connick, Jr., and his albums ''She'' and ''Star Turtle''), but don't call her a commercial sellout; just enjoy the smooth bossa nova and smoky vocals. The fact that she is also the pianist is a plus! I look forward to purchasing her earlier CDs -- the reviews I've read have prepared me for the difference between ''Look'' and her earlier stuff, but if her other works are stronger, jazzier and heavier on piano, how could I be disappointed? And to those who have criticized: oftentimes it takes a mainstream album to entice consumers into listening to / purchasing other works. ''The Look of Love'' is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm embarrassed to admit this but the thing that first attracted me to this CD was the cover art. Hoever, I listened to a few of the cuts while in the store and was blown away. The sound reminded me of the cool stylings of a bygone era. When I listen it's like being in a smokey club while an intimate combo plays for you and your lady. ''The Look of Love'' is one of my favorite songs of all time. When Miss Krall sings it it is fresh and lively.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong - I think Diana Krall is spectacular. But she's at her best in an intimate setting - piano, guitar, bass and drums, with her voice mixed far forward. Simple, uncluttered arrangements allow her sultry voice and wonderful interpretive skills to take center stage. By contrast, the arrangements on this CD overwhelm and distract from her particular gifts, and she occasionally gets lost in the mix. I appreciate that she's stretching her talent and exploring different musical avenues... but I found myself wanting to hear more Diana, and less orchestration. For my money, her best CD is ''When I Look in Your Eyes,'' which employs subtle string arrangements that enhance, rather than detract from, the vocals and piano. ''All for You - A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio'' is a close second.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diana is the return of the old time torch singer with a feel of jazz. One can never tire of her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only 12 but I love all this kind of music. This is her best yet, my fav's on the album are ''cry me a river'' and ''Love letters'' I really reckomend this cd.