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Holly ColeAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 15, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005GZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but makes you work for it... January 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of the Holly Cole Trio for several years, and I must say, this recording just gets better and better the more I listen.
Having listened to all styles of the trio's music - blues, R&B, "pop", and...whatever you want to call Ms. Coles "unique" realizations of songs, this would fall moslty in that last category. Fortunately, it's where she (and the trio) excels the most.

If you are new to The Holly Cole Trio, they are a jazz/based ensemble that excels in REALLY digging into the zeitgeist of dark, poignant, or even slightly scary song writing. In other words, the writing of songwriters such as Tom Waits. They both are from the "meloncholy" category of personality types (rather than phlegmatic, choleric, or sanguine. The "sanguines" are the folks in the other reviews that complain that this recording should be more "peppy!" They just don't get it, and that's OK. Try Britney Spears or Bare Naked Ladies - very peppy! This recording is for the "meloncholies", or those that desire to peer into that side of their personalities)

MS. Cole has the uncanny ability to COMPLETELY own a lyric and all its depth of meaning. Then, she has the voice to interpret it with exquisite nuance and laser-like delivery. Make no mistake - every nuance she brings to the song is carefully planned and executed, down to her breathinig, lip smacking, growls, and even out-of-tune delivery. Her method - she tends to slow things down a bit, thin out the arrangement (sometimes just her and the bass), and then deliver the "story" of the song as if she had sidled up, placed her arms around your neck, looked you unwaveringy in the eye, and then begins to sing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EAR CANDY!!!! June 15, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Holly Cole has some outstanding reviews in the audio press and listening to this CD one understands why. This is one superb recording. If your audio system is High End this performer is palpably real, right in front of you. The acoustic Bass will test the low end of any system. The harmonica riffs by Howard Levy will send chills up your spine. Ms. Cole's cover of Tom Waits material is a compliment to this fantastic songwriter. If you are lucky enough to own "Tube" audio equipment, buy this CD. If you are a sound fanatic, get the import. Reference sound!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tom Waits fan who became a Holly Cole one January 21, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is an amazing set of interpretations of Tom Waits songs. As an obsessed Tom Waits fan, I bought this CD out of curiosity, and have since purchased more of Holly's music. I am amazed at her voice, and the ability it has to remove emotions from you at will. She did not try to copy Tom at all, rather she made these songs her own. The CD will amaze you, my personal favorite is "Briar and the Rose" Buy it, play it, love it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The strongest work of a stellar career August 18, 1998
Format:Audio CD
"Temptation" is a tour de force that succeeds on many levels: the brilliant writing of Tom Waits, the minimal and gorgeous production of Craig Street, and, predominantly, the interpretive genius and innovation of Holly Cole. "Take Me Home," "Train Song," and "Frank's Theme" boast the Cole-comfortable arrangements her longtime fans are familiar with: sparse instrumentation, dark vocal inflections, and more mood than any other jazz singer would ever be able to conjure. But the fleshing out of her sound on "Falling Down," "Little Boy Blue," "The Heart of Saturday Night," and "I Want You," are something to behold. While her trio setup is her claim to fame (piano, bass, and vocals), hearing her pensive vocals backed by harmonica, horns, guitar, and strings take the already-exciting Holly Cole experience to a whole new level. "Jersey Girl," with its hand claps and "sha la la" backup vocals, even treads close to the realm of radio-ready pop. "Soldiers Things" could easily turn maudlin in the hands of a less capable vocalist, but Holly knows just how much darkness to inflect so the focus is on her resigned sadness and not any self-pitying melodrama. Her dark, octave-layered vocal on the title track is also dead on; the hypnotic track plays like a soundtrack for any situation in which you find yourself doing something you probably shouldn't...with a half-smile on your face all the while. Perfectly complimented by Craig Street's organic production, "Temptation" finds Holly in her darkly seductive, minimalist glory. Challenge yourself to find a more unique vocalist or stronger artistic statement, and you will be kept very busy indeed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoky Jazz Interpretations September 23, 2003
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I just ran across this today, and I'm blown away by it. This is an absolutely terrific album, and anyone who likes Norah Jones or similar music should order this immediately. It uses mostly simple jazz-combo arrangements that give center stage to Cole's sultry voice -- and her voice manages to do Waits' brilliant songwriting justice. This isn't simply an album of covers, it is a collection of interpretations in the finest vocal jazz tradition.
I'm a long-time Tom Waits fan, but I was previously unfamiliar with Holly Cole. Waits' songs are well-suited to new interpretations, as is apparent on Frank's Wild Years when he performs 2 different arrangements of a couple of songs, or on Big Time, where he presents strikingly different arrangements of several songs, most notably "Telephone Call From Istanbul." Given that plus the haunting poetry of his best lyrics, a jazz songbook of original interpretations makes at least as much sense for Waits' work as for that of any living songwriter.
Cole's expressive intrepretations deliver the goods, too. "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" receives a slow, haunting arrangement that provides a gorgeous contrast to the uptempo original. She cleans up "Frank's Theme," providing a simpler but more dramatic rendition that bring out the emotions in the song much more effectively than the accordion-drenched original. Cole's voice brings a smoky swing to "Tango Til They're Sore." And her sultry version of "Temptation" alone would justify buying this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding
I'm new to listening to Holly Cole. This is an astounding performance and recording. Holly is right in the room, crisp, clear and full of emotion. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mark K. Terhune
4.0 out of 5 stars neat recording
I like the artist, but actually bought this to test a new reference subwoofer, due to its well known low bass. it is a great test.
Published 12 months ago by sp
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad as....Bad.
I am surprised by the number of excellent reviews for this album. When I was a teenager, I hated the idea of anyone performing a Tom Waits song outside of Tom Waits. Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by John Bray
5.0 out of 5 stars Waits you write, Cole you sing!
I always found it hard to enjoy Tom Waits. His vocals always sound off key and the garbling, mumbling, shouting wears thin but there is no denying, his song writing ability. Read more
Published on April 19, 2011 by Beachdood
1.0 out of 5 stars Tom Waits Must Shudder
I have been a huge fan of Tom Waits (and jazz) for over 30 years and after hearing "Little Boy Blue" on the radio I thought this might be worth a listen. It is definately not! Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by Michael Bushey
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor Tom Waits
This album is 100% Tom Waits songs; however, you would never know it since you'd need an excellent pair of glasses to have known. Tom sings the songs so much better. Read more
Published on January 31, 2011 by Stuart Meyers
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible Temptation
I heard this album for the first time when reviewing some high end loudspeakers. I bought the speakers and i think it was Ms Cole's fault. Read more
Published on June 16, 2010 by David R. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
surprized to see no reviews on this cd, so I decided to weigh in for my first review, I'm 45 listen to everything from stranglers to vivaldi. Read more
Published on February 6, 2008 by M. Beebe
3.0 out of 5 stars Holly Cole in General
There are so many things I want to say about Holly Cole and hopefully I can get them in here without confusing the issue. Read more
Published on September 7, 2007 by John A. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I have owned this CD for several years. I sat down last night and listened to it again - I am still amazed. This is a great album. Read more
Published on January 30, 2007 by J. Morton
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