I was supposed to write about “Babel” this week but screw that, I’d rather talk about the CD that I can’t stop listening to. Mumford can wait ’til next week.
A few months back The Wife posted something on Facebook about whether or not she should buy the new Diana Krall album. Her friends were encouraging her but I was thinking “please don’t buy it. please don’t buy it.” Do you know how hard it is to buy Christmas presents for this person? When you’re with someone for a long time and they don’t post a wish list disguised as a holiday gift guide on their blog it can be difficult.
So I got her “Glad Rag Doll,” the 11th studio album by jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall. I wasn’t expecting great things. We have a couple of her other albums and they’re fine. She has a great, breathy voice.
But this album? Wow. It is terrific. And I’m not just talking about the album cover. This is like the “Joshua Tree” of Diana Krall albums. It’s the “Born to Run” of Diana Krall albums. You get where I’m going with this, right?
We listen to it every night when Lar gets home from work. Sometimes twice. It’s so nice — and rare these days — when you listen to an album and like it immediately with none of that waiting for it to grow on you business.
Produced by T. Bone Burnett, the album features 13 tunes (but pick up the deluxe edition which has four additional tracks. Hey, it was a Christmas gift, of course I splurged.) from the 1920s-30s. Don’t fear it because it’s jazz — there’s some rockabilly influence and country, and husband Elvis Costello’s musical fingerprints are all over some tracks.
Standout tracks include “There Ain’t No Sweet Man That’s Worth the Salt of My Tears,” “You Know – I Know Ev’rything’s Made for Love,” “Lonely Avenue” and my personal favorite “Wide River to Cross.” But they’re all good, although I’m not that crazy about the butterfly song.
Do your ears a favor and check it out. Certainly the best record of 2012 by my reckoning.