Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll

10 Oct

There is simply no denying that Diana Krall has pipes of gold. Her molten covers of American jazz classics have earned her pride of place in the female contemporary jazz set and justifiably so. Her vocals, pitch perfect and minimal, hold just enough back to keep her audience listening, that they might catch a rare glimpse of her full potential. Of course they never do, but that’s Krall’s appeal; she’s a vocal tease and here on her latest effort Glad Rag Doll she certainly whets the appetite.

Glad Rag Doll represents a welcome departure from her standard fare, a vaudevillian re-imagining of classic songs from the 20s through to the 50s chosen from her father’s collection of 78s. Exploring the full range of human emotion, with stripped back instrumentation Glad Rag Doll is among Krall’s most ambitious albums to date, and it makes good on its promise. The title track is a nose ahead of the rest, playful and bittersweet, Krall is clearly in her element while so far from the singer we have come to know. Glad Rag Doll is out now and a must for fans and novices alike.

 

Ed.

 

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