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Product Details

  • 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: #40,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a must purchase for Waits fans, and fans of jazz vocalists.
Jeff Delfield
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.
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This CD is so well recorded that I had to buy an entire new stereo just to hear the hidden details.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TSO on 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1998
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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 By A Customer on January 21, 2000
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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 By John Jones on August 18, 1998
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"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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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