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Glad Rag Doll (2012)

Artist: Diana Krall
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Format: CD
Sku: 240399261
UPC: 602537101092
UPC 14: 00602537101092
Release Date: 10/2/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye ~ Diana Krall
2. There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears ~ Diana Krall
3. Just Like a Butterfly That's Caught In the Rain ~ Diana Krall
4. You Know, I Know Ev'rything's Made for Love ~ Diana Krall
5. Glad Rag Doll ~ Diana Krall
6. I'm a Little Mixed Up ~ Diana Krall
7. Prairie Lullaby ~ Diana Krall
8. Here Lies Love ~ Diana Krall
9. I Used To Love You But It's All Over Now ~ Diana Krall
10. Let It Rain ~ Diana Krall
11. Lonely Avenue ~ Diana Krall
12. Wide River To Cross ~ Diana Krall
13. When the Curtain Comes Down ~ Diana Krall

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Mike Piersante.
Muze PNote Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; The Village, West Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Editor: Mike Piersante.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Edwin Fotheringham.
Muze PNote Photographer: Mark Seliger.
Muze PNote For only the second time in her career, jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall deviates from her tried, true m.o. of covering easily identifiable jazz standards. On Glad Rag Doll she teams with producer T-Bone Burnett and his stable of studio aces. Here the two-time Grammy winner covers mostly vaudeville and jazz tunes written in the 1920s and '30s, some relatively obscure. Most of the music here is from her father's collection of 78-rpm records. Krall picked 35 tunes from that music library and gave sheet music to Burnett. He didn't reveal his final selections until they got into the studio. Given their origins, these songs remove the sheen of detached cool that is one of Krall's vocal trademarks. Check the speakeasy feel on opener "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye," with Marc Ribot's airy chords, Jay Bellerose's loose shuffle, and Dennis Crouch's strolling upright bass. Krall's vocal actually seems to express delight in this loose and informal proceeding -- though her piano playing is, as usual, tight, top-notch. The shimmering sentimental nocturnal balladry there gives way to swing in "Just Like a Butterfly That's Caught in the Rain," which stands out because of the interplay between Ribot's ukulele, a pair of basses, and Bellerose's brushes. Krall's vocal hovers; she lets the melody guide her right through the middle. On the title cut, her only accompanist is Ribot on an acoustic guitar. Being the best-known tune in the bunch, it's easy to compare this reading with many others, but Krall's breathy vocal fully inhabits the lyric and melody and makes them her own. A few tracks stand apart from the album's theme. There's the modern take on Betty James' rockabilly single "I'm a Little Mixed Up," which allows Burnett to indulge himself a little and showcases a rarity: Krall playing rock & roll piano. The atmospheric reading of Doc Pomus' "Lonely Avenue" is somewhat radical, but is among the finest moments here. Burnett gets his obligatory reverb on here, but the weave of his and Ribot's guitars (and the latter's banjo) and the mandola by Howard Coward (Elvis Costello in one of several guest appearances) is arresting. The arrangement also contains an odd yet compelling reference to Miles Davis' "Right Off (Theme from Jack Johnson)"; Krall's piano solo is rife with elliptical, meandering lines and chord voicings. But vocally she gets inside the tune's blues and pulls them out with real authority. Glad Rag Doll is not the sound of Krall reinventing herself so much as it's the comfortable scratching of an old, persistent itch. The warmth, sophistication, humor, and immediacy present on this set make it a welcome addition to her catalog. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: T-Bone Burnett; Ruth Levy

Engineer: Mike Piersante

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Associated Artists and Works

Benedetti, Vince
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/15/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 3710109
Music Label Name Label : Verve
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602537101092

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (p.75)
- "On the singer-pianist's latest, producer T Bone Burnett surrounds her with a comfy-thick blanket of guitars."

Q (Magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Krall's signature smoky hues were made for their beguiling alt-country interpretation of 'Lonely Avenue' and honky-tonk take on R&B ditty 'I'm A Little Mixed Up.'"

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "GLAD RAG DOLL breaks intriguing new ground for a hitherto smooth operator."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Krall,Diana
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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