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Wallflower

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Wallflower is a collection of songs from the late 60's to present day that inspired Krall in her early years. Produced by 16 time Grammy® Award winning producer David Foster, the album finds Krall breaking new ground with her interpretations of some of the greatest pop songs of all time.

On Wallflower, Diana Krall showcases her considerable gifts as a vocalist in a bold and beautiful way. Krall sings a set of songs that include familiar popular classics like The Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreaming" and the Eagles' "Desperado" favorite vintage songs by Krall's musical heroes Bob Dylan (he inspired the album's title track "Wallflower") and Elton John "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word". The album also features more recent gems like Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" and a wonderful new composition from Paul McCartney "If I Take You Home Tonight".

Diana Krall's unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time. Krall has sold more albums than any other female jazz artist in the last 30 years, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her generation.

The new album marks Krall's first studio effort since 2012's Glad Rag Doll, produced by T Bone Burnett, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart. Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, she has won five Grammy® Awards, eight Juno® Awards and has also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums.

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  • Audio CD (February 3, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00L1OVE4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (683 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Miss Krall does her versions of mostly 70's and 80's soft rock gems. The good news is, fans of Diana Krall will love this CD/Album/MP3. And the other good news is that this release is on vinyl, and if it's anything like her other releases on vinyl and you have a nice system, this is pure ear candy from start to finish. Let's face it, Diana Krall could literally sing the phonebook and it would go platinum. A number of these covers not only work, but are all the way Krall: "California Dreamin';" "Superstar"; "I Can't Tell You Why;" "I''m Not In Love;" "Don't Dream it's Over." There is bad news here, though. Well, actually mixed news. If you're a Krall purist and a complete music fan, about half of these selections fall flat (hence 4 stars instead of 5). Let's face reality here, do we really need another version of "Desperado?" Really?!? However there is more good news - the remaining eight songs are trademark Krall. The top selections have a soaring and rich orchestral layer that pops every time. Dylan's "Wallflower" is a complete surprise which finds Miss Krall doing something she does best: reinventing a popular tune and making it her very own. Diana literally remakes four songs on this release and completely renews them ala Krall, making her versions equal to, if not better than the originals. Ultimately, Diana Krall has reinvented "Lounge Jazz" for 2015 and stamped it with her signature vocals and virtuoso piano skills. She surrounds herself with talented pros from top to bottom as usual (Did you see who produced this album?). Almost a classic. Worth the wait for most everyone who is familiar with her music.
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I enjoy Diana's early jazz albums, but at least for the time being, she has chosen to go for the easy listening market. The only jazz track is a duet with Georgie Fame on a cover of Yeh yeh, which is not on the standard CD but is a bonus track on the deluxe edition. Although described as an Amazon deluxe edition, it is not exclusive to Amazon. I am familiar with most of the other tracks via the original versions and / or earlier covers.

Apart from Yeh yeh, I think the best track here is Alone again (Naturally), a duet with Michael Bublé. Originally a Gilbert O'Sullivan solo recording, it takes on a whole new perspective as a duet.

The title track is a hitherto obscure Bob Dylan song. It seems that his version has only been released so far on bootleg compilations, while not many cover versions have been recorded. Maybe Diana's cover will give the song wider attention.

Two Eagles covers are featured, Desperado probably being the better known, but I can't tell you why (from The long run) is certainly no obscurity.

I find this to be a very enjoyable album to listen to. It's certainly not a jazz album apart from one of the bonus tracks, but I enjoy easy listening music as well as other genres.
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... ... and, unless something beyond my imagination comes along, I have just heard the best CD of 2015, and this is it. I have listened to Diana Krall for years and I have always liked her music and I still do. "Wallflower" is a collection of covers including songs from, among others, The Mamas and The Papas, The Eagles, Jim Croce, and The Beatles. All of the songs are vocally flawless, as anyone would expect from Diana Krall, and her wonderful contralto is appropriately accompanied by understated instrumentation. I have listened to the CD twice since it was delivered to my door and I expect to listen to it a dozen more times before the end of the week. It began being simply wonderful and will get better and better as time passes. These are songs to which you can listen carefully, take note of the lyrics, and clearly understand the states of mind of the songwriters and the vocal performer without having to work at it too hard and with high confidence that your own state of mind has briefly been transformed so as to be in accord with theirs. Wear a warm sweater when you listen to this record and listen in a well ventilated room because Diana Krall will simultaneously give you cold chills and take away your breath. "Wallflower" has joined Jamie O'Neal's"Eternal", Lynda Kay's "Dream My Darling", Martina McBride's "Timeless", Patty Loveless' "Sleepless Nights", and Shelby Lynne's "Just A Little Lovin" in my regular rotation along with The Marvelous Linda Ronstadt and The Incomparable Emmylou Harris. This is strong company and "Wallflower" belongs there, without doubt.
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I have all of Diana Krall's albums and I wish she were still a struggling energetic starving artist because she has been "phoning it in" ever since she got married. This album is god-awful and I am thankful that the vinyl issue I purchased was damaged on one side so that I could get my money back. I will continue to cherish her early work and scratch my head about her uninspired crappy later work.
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For most of her career, Diana Krall has performed jazz standards from The Great American Songbook. She has diversified before, particularly with the album The Girl In The Other Room, which featured original compositions co-written by Diana and her husband Elvis Costello (a.k.a. Declan MacManus). I do not own that CD, but I do have the DVD Diana Krall - Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival, which has several songs from that album.

For her new release, WALLFLOWER, Diana interprets classic pop songs from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. They include the title track, a Bob Dylan composition; The Eagles' "Desperado" and "I Can't Tell You Why"; The Carpenters' "Superstar"; Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)," a duet with Michael Bublé; Randy Newman's "Feels Like Home," a duet with Bryan Adams; Jim Croce's "Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)"; Elton John's "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word"; The Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'"; 10cc's "I'm Not In Love"; Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over"; and an unreleased Paul McCartney song, left over from the Kisses on the Bottom sessions, "If I Take You Home Tonight.
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