Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Diana Krall Glad Rag Doll Verve 2012

Allow me to be clear before the villagers show up at my front door with a rope, torches and a desire to have me swinging from the nearest tree...I like Diana Krall. Always have BUT...

Krall was turning into a bit of a one trick pony and in an overly crowded field of female vocalists, complacency is not an option. So Krall decided to shake things up a bit and enlist the aid of producer T-Bone Burnett whose mojo seems to have worn off years earlier. I personally never saw the attraction to Burnett's work on any level but in this particular setting I especially do not get it...

At times Krall sounds like a different artist entirely. The whole singer/songwriter vibe gone pop simply does not make the grade. The production "quality" is somewhat dark, gloomy and has virtually nothing memorable to offer such a major talent as Krall. I can understand the desire and ability to feel the need to change direction and attempt to grow artistically but thus far reaction across the board to this release has been "luke warm" at best...I wish I could be "that" positive.

Again, I don't get it. I want to like it but this is Krall's attempt at a blatantly commercial pop cross over that crashes and burns fast, in fact it never gets off the ground. I don't blame Krall. Burnett worked on the last Greg Allman record with similar results with only the die hard fans finding the ability to see anything positive on the recording. Krall is in fine voice, everyone else just needs to catch up to her here. The gap between Krall and the rest of the female vocalists has just been narrowed considerably.

Tracks: We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye; There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth The Salt Of My Tears; Just Like A Butterfly Caught In The Rain; You Know I Know Evrything's Made For Love; Glad Rag Doll; I'm A Little Mixed Up; Prairie Lullaby; Here Lies Love; I Used To Love You But It's All Over Now; Let It Rain; Wide River To Cross; When The Curtain Comes Down.