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2.0 out of 5 stars Great music...worst Krall disc to buy, January 27, 2008
This review is from: The Very Best of Diana Krall (Audio CD)
Let me first say how much the new practice of jazz/pop stars irks me. They hold off a few tracks from an album, which only get released on import versions costing three times as much, or greatest hits CDs. This Krall offering contains 3 previously unreleased tracks, only available here...perfect to get those who already own everything to buy this disc, just for 3 songs. Anyway, on to the actual review.

Typically, greatest hits compilations are designed for the consumer who wants to get the biggest songs from a particular artist. And that scheme works for most rock/pop artists (Elvis, Rolling Stones, etc). But in the case of Diana Krall, she doesn't really HAVE hits. The majority of her recorded output is old standards from the world of classic pop vocals & jazz, spanning the 1920's-1960's. Most of those already were huge hits, regardless of the performer. So, it seems that a greatest hits album for her is sort of a silly point.

Since buying this disc would give you a sampling of her most recent albums (only the Verve albums, by the way...not her early albums), it would give you a sampling of many styles and arrangements. If you are looking for a hodge-podge of Krall, with no theme or style of its own, then this is definitely the disc for you. However, if you are just getting into Diana Krall, and only want to buy one disc, a better option would be to decide what you like about her music, and get one of her original albums. You don't need to buy every one. Even if you only get one CD, any of her albums will find her singing big hits with her unique vocal style. One of her original albums will set the mood much better than any "hits" album. She sings on all albums.

For example...

if you like lush, romantic string ballads with an orchestra, then pick up either "When I Look In Your Eyes" or "The Look Of Love."

If you like the Nat King Cole Trio (piano, bass, guitar), then pick up either "All For You" or "Love Scenes."

If you like a more traditional jazz trio (piano, bass, drums), then pick up either of her first two albums "Steppin' Out" or "Only Trust Your Heart."

If you like the big band sound, get her latest effort, "From This Moment On." It contains fast and medium tempos with a large ensemble (sans strings).

If you don't really like jazz or classic pop, and want something with more of an easy listening, rock/pop jazz feel, get "Girl In the Other Room." The songs are more modern. This one is tough to describe, and not her best effort. But it's still good.

My favorites are the ballad album "The Look of Love," which contains several of thetracks with a gentle bossa nova beat. Very romantic. I prepared a bath for my girlfriend and i with this album playing in the background, and she LOVED it. Trust me. Also, her snappiest, coolest jazzy album is "All For You" which is a tribute to the Nat Cole Trio, and contains many of his classic hits.

You may love the "Very Best Of" CD, but just remember you are getting a very random mix of styles and moods on this disc. But you may want it for the previously unreleased tracks. Whatever you get, i think you'll love Diana Krall.
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Initial post: Dec 2, 2008 1:19:57 PM PST
K. Conner says:
probably one of the most helpful reviews, period. Thanks, and I am loving her...I mean the music!

Posted on Dec 8, 2008 7:53:38 PM PST
K. Ward says:
I have found some of my now very favorite artists by sampling the Very Best of albums.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009 8:31:39 PM PST
Movie Buff says:
I agree that "The Look of Love" is one of her best albums for a romantic evening. I liked it so much because it reminded me of Peggy Lee. Krull doesn't rush the lyrics and she also has a similar luxurious richness to her voice. It's pure sex. Not in a rough way, but in a relaxed, take your time and enjoy the moment way. It puts you in the mood for a very enjoyable time together with your partner - even if you aren't going all the way. It's very romantic.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 5:50:28 PM PST
You are one tough grader! But thanks for the excellent suggestions - I'm clicking off to buy 'All for You' right now.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009 5:12:54 PM PST
Mike H says:
Thanks for the helpful review. The only info that would have also been nice was a listing of which 3 songs were "new" on this album - but more on that in a bit. I got the 3 songs from another review anyway. ;)

A couple of comments on your first paragraph. First, I completely agree with your frustration at this and similar practices. What bugs me even more is the recent trend of having several different versions of the same album, exclusive to different stores, each with a different bonus track. This practice serves only to screw over the loyal, die-hard fans, without generating any appreciable extra revenue. The casual fans (who account for the vast majority of most album sales) won't even notice and will only buy one copy anyway! Diana Krall's own "From This Moment On" is guilty of this practice, with special bonus track versions at Target, Best Buy, and iTunes, each with a different bonus track. I think I may have seen a fourth bonus-track version at her own website. So the loyal fans who truly enjoy the music are expected to purchase the entire album 4 times to get all songs? Shameful.

However, there is a silver lining in regards to the 3 extra tracks on this album: both Amazon and iTunes allow you to download those 3 songs individually without re-buying the whole album. Thank you! Even this is rare. Making the "new" tracks on such greatest hits compilations downloadable as album-only seems to be the norm on iTunes and others. Again, only to screw over the loyal fans, not the casual fans who are happy with nothing but a greatest hits album, with or without new tracks.

At least we get this one the way it should be. If only the greedy record execs would wake up and realize that this practice earns them no real extra revenue, and only strengthens the distaste that general consumers have for them.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 9:47:50 AM PDT
Kate says:
Thank you for this EXTREMELY helpful and excellently written review.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 5:30:53 PM PDT
Book Lover says:
Thanks for the Diana Krall primer. That's just what I needed.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 4:02:21 PM PDT
G. Delva says:
"This one is tough to describe, and not her best effort. But it's still good"

Another spastic amazon reviewer talking out of his rear.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 11:52:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2013 11:55:25 AM PST
Jerlaw says:
You knew what you were buying when you got the album. If it was so bad why didn't you send it back to Amazon? The title of the album is, in my opinion,
very representative of "The Very Beat of Diana Krall." Your long diatribe betrays your loquaciousness & lack of knowledge when it comes to jazz singers. You don't even mention her great jazz piano stylings. It is also, in my opinion too damn long for someone who really has nothing to say.....JJ

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 7:05:39 PM PST
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