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A Decent Tribute to Brazilian Music--If You Like the Singing Style,
This review is from: Quiet Nights (Audio CD)
I have been a big fan of Diana Krall since the mid-1990's, and I own everything she's released under her name except "Stepping Out" and her recent greatest-hits CD. I also love bossa nova. "Quiet Nights" is a decent tribute to that kind of music and is strong in several respects. First, I think the choice of material is pretty good (see the other reviews for a description of the songs). Second, the arrangements by Claus Ogerman are lush and beautiful, as always (listen to Diana's "Look of Love" CD for more great Ogerman arrangements). Third, Diana's piano playing on "Quiet Nights," what there is of it, is tasty and interesting, as always.
What disappointed me here is that Diana adopted a very breathy, whispered singing style for much of this album, and I just don't enjoy that kind of singing. I much prefer the way she sang on her earlier albums, where she used that "breathiness" more sparingly and to good effect. This is something each listener will have to gauge for himself or herself. It's simply a matter of personal taste. In my opinion, "The Look of Love" (2001) is similar in tone but superior to "Quiet Nights." For my taste, the singing approach and the choice of material there is better than on "Quiet Nights." My recommendation is to listen to the samples to determine whether you like this breathy style of singing before you buy, even if you consider yourself a Diana Krall fan.
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Initial post: Mar 31, 2009 12:16:36 PM PDT
Diane Girl says:
Excellent review. I also feel that her singing style on this CD is much too breathy. The arrangements are wonderful-Claus Ogerman is a master. I only wish she could have sung the songs the way she did on The Look Of Love. I want to hear the lyrics.
Posted on Mar 31, 2009 1:31:01 PM PDT
Martin Majer says:
Unfortunately have to agree with this comment as I would written very much similar comment. Was looking fwd really for almost three months for this album expecting Diana´s energy flying "above" the songs, but was bit disappointed.
Energy lost, Diana´s toooooo much down like she lwould have lost something important....Am really big fan of her, (my wife´s jealous)...will remain Diana´s fan, but, the sooner you come with "frim fram sauce
With oss-en-fay" again, the better....but love you,Diana, anyway!!!!!
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