Diana Krall To Release New Album
My God, 1999 was fifteen years ago but it was 1999 when Dianan Krall broke through as not a jazz star but as a crossover pop star. Two albums, When I Look In Your Eyes followed by The Look Of Love in 2001, changed him from a smart canadian beauty with a Nat King Cole jones. In 2000 I saw her headline Carnegie Hall and a year later I saw her open for Tony Bennett at Radio City and I was convinced.
But I’m not any more.
Her last five albums have been nothing special, she doesn’t write good songs, her husband Elvis Costello doesn’t write good songs for her, and there is something so wallowing in superness about the duo, she has become a major irritant. And then a not particularly good set at Beacon Theater in 2012 was the nail in the coffin.
So two years after the nothing much Glad Rag Doll comes news of a tour in support of a new album, Wallflower, and I don’t think it is too sonn to claim that this is a major disaster for the overeaching jazzmaster: Blue Note note “Krall sings a set of songs that include familiar popular classics like The Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreaming” and the Eagles’ “Desperado,” favorite vintage songs by Krall’s musical heroes Bob Dylan (he inspired the album’s title track “Wallflower”) and Elton John (“Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”). The album also features more recent gems like Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and a wonderful new composition from Paul McCartney (“If I Take You Home Tonight”). ”
Wait a second, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is a “more recent gem”?
Then they add this recent gem: “Diana Krall’s forthcoming studio album, Wallflower, is a collection of songs from the late 60’s to present day that have inspired Krall since her early years. Produced by 16-time Grammy® Award-winning producer David Foster, the album finds Krall breaking new ground with her interpretations of some of the greatest pop songs of all time. ” I don ‘t know what Wallflower will be doing but I guarantee you this: it won’t be breaking any new ground whatsoever.
The album drops October 21st and I just want to go on the record as saying, in the earliest review on record, nd without benefit of having heard the sucker: “Diana is too smart to ever oversing so I guess if your idea of fun is the jazz singer gliding though heavy emotional outbursts like “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” be my guest. But as to why a woman who sing Gershwin should want to sing Finn I had no idea. I just wish she wouldn’t – Grade: C