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October 21, 2014. About time for some real songs.

 

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[TD]1. California Dreamin'[/TD]

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[TD]2. Desperado[/TD]

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[TD]3. Superstar[/TD]

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[TD]4. Alone Again (Naturally) duet with Michael Bublé[/TD]

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[TD]5. Wallflower featuring Blake Mills[/TD]

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[TD]6. If I Take You Home Tonight[/TD]

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[TD]7. I Can't Tell You Why[/TD]

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[TD]8. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word[/TD]

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[TD]9. Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)[/TD]

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[TD]10. I'm Not In Love[/TD]

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[TD]11. Feels Like Home duet with Bryan Adams[/TD]

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[TD]12. Don't Dream It's Over[/TD]

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[TD]13. In My Life (Amazon Deluxe Exclusive)[/TD]

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[TD]14. Yeh Yeh duet with Georgie Fame (Amazon Deluxe Exclusive)[/TD]

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[TD]15. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (Live)(Amazon Deluxe Exclusive)[/TD]

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[TD]16. Wallflower (Live)(Amazon Deluxe Exclusive)[/TD]

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October 21, 2014. About time for some real songs.

 

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[TABLE]

[TR=class: listRowEven, bgcolor: #EEF1F6]

[TD]1. California Dreamin'[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowOdd]

[TD]2. Desperado[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowEven, bgcolor: #EEF1F6]

[TD]3. Superstar[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowOdd]

[TD]4. Alone Again (Naturally) duet with Michael Bublé[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowEven, bgcolor: #EEF1F6]

[TD]5. Wallflower featuring Blake Mills[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowOdd]

[TD]6. If I Take You Home Tonight[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowEven, bgcolor: #EEF1F6]

[TD]7. I Can't Tell You Why[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowOdd]

[TD]8. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowEven, bgcolor: #EEF1F6]

[TD]9. Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowOdd]

[TD]10. I'm Not In Love[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowEven, bgcolor: #EEF1F6]

[TD]11. Feels Like Home duet with Bryan Adams[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowOdd]

[TD]12. Don't Dream It's Over[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowEven, bgcolor: #EEF1F6]

[TD]13. In My Life (Amazon Deluxe Exclusive)[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowOdd]

[TD]14. Yeh Yeh duet with Georgie Fame (Amazon Deluxe Exclusive)[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR=class: listRowEven, bgcolor: #EEF1F6]

[TD]15. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (Live)(Amazon Deluxe Exclusive)[/TD]

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[TD]16. Wallflower (Live)(Amazon Deluxe Exclusive)[/TD]

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I hope that sonic quality will be also "real".

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Krzysztof Maj

http://mkrzych.wordpress.com/

"Music is the highest form of art. It is also the most noble. It is human emotion, captured, crystallised, encased… and then passed on to others." - By Ken Ishiwata

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I'm looking forward to it, but will wait till it is out and some reviews are posted. I wasn't enamored with her latest Glad Rag Doll.

Agree on Glad Rag Doll. Is T-Bone Burnett involved again? Hopefully not.

 

I'd love her go back to her traditional middle of the road jazz style.

 

However, that song selection, and the duet with Michael Bublé & Bryan Adams, is more pointing towards mainstream pop.

 

I didn't mind Bublé in his very early recordings, but cannot stand anything anymore he's done recently. I think I probably haven't heard any song from Bryan Adams since 1991 (Everything I Do.....). I thought he'd turned to photography. And forgive my ignorance, but I had never heard of Blake Mills before.

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Agree on Glad Rag Doll. Is T-Bone Burnett involved again? Hopefully not.

 

I'd love her go back to her traditional middle of the road jazz style.

 

However, that song selection, and the duet with Michael Bublé & Bryan Adams, is more pointing towards mainstream pop.

 

I didn't mind Bublé in his very early recordings, but cannot stand anything anymore he's done recently. I think I probably haven't heard any song from Bryan Adams since 1991 (Everything I Do.....). I thought he'd turned to photography. And forgive my ignorance, but I had never heard of Blake Mills before.

 

+1 .. Musicophile, couldn't agree more, so much so that I could have written this post myself!

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I, too, agree about Glad Rag Doll as a whole. However the title song is fantastic. But one song does not a good album make.

 

For me, Live in Paris and the Nat King Cole remake album, alone with her Christmas album, are among my all time favourites.

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I, too, agree about Glad Rag Doll as a whole. However the title song is fantastic. But one song does not a good album make.

 

For me, Live in Paris and the Nat King Cole remake album, alone with her Christmas album, are among my all time favourites.

 

I think Live in Paris was/is her best. I think the live nature of the performance took her away from the formulaic sound that some of her albums have.

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+1 .. Musicophile, couldn't agree more, so much so that I could have written this post myself!

 

Other than the "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?", never liked the sound of a T-Bone Burnett production.

 

Not sure why he can't just let the instruments sound like themselves as opposed to harsh, grainy, brash, thump, lumpy...facsimiles of themselves?

 

Checked it out, new album produced by David Foster, a pop producer who I happened to see at the opening of the MGM at Foxwoods...he produced and acted as musical director for the show that featured Alicia Keys, John Mayer and Josh Groban.

 

He is currently President of Verve Music.

 

Worry, if any, is that Diana's album will be over produced/slicked up with strings and oohs and aahs choirs...instead of letting a great jazz stylist do her thing on the piano with her quartet.

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  • 1 month later...

They released the first song "California Dreamin'" as a single. I have listened to it on Rhapsody but I assume it is available on most/all of the streaming services. Unfortunately, I grew up listening to the Mamas & Papas version and it became one of my favorite songs. I think her version is nice, even if it does start out a little to slowly, but it is just not the Mamas & Papas. Very interested in hearing the rest of the album.

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Oh my god what a horrible album. Take California Dreaming, background voices with flanger, a pseudo Roland TR808 drum computer, for what is not even acceptable as elevator music.

 

Glad Rag Doll was already pretty bad, this is worse.

 

I am not surprised, thanks for the warning!

 

Her best effort came after joining with Elvis Costello ("The Girl in the Other Room" is the only album that I revisit from time to time) but wonder if that partnerships is loosing steam...

 

Just read this: "The record, whose title song is an obscure, country-inflected Bob Dylan number, has the feel of a sullen concept album by a woman who feels abandoned. It is tempting to imagine that it reflects the frustrations of her marriage to Elvis Costello. These two great musicians, after all, are driven workhorses who are on the road much of the time on separate tours. Loneliness is such a sad affair"

, in http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/arts/music/releases-from-bob-dylan-and-diana-krall.html?_r=0

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I am not surprised, thanks for the warning!

 

Her best effort came after joining with Elvis Costello ("The Girl in the Other Room" is the only album that I revisit from time to time) but wonder if that partnerships is loosing steam...

 

Just read this: "The record, whose title song is an obscure, country-inflected Bob Dylan number, has the feel of a sullen concept album by a woman who feels abandoned. It is tempting to imagine that it reflects the frustrations of her marriage to Elvis Costello. These two great musicians, after all, are driven workhorses who are on the road much of the time on separate tours. Loneliness is such a sad affair"

, in http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/arts/music/releases-from-bob-dylan-and-diana-krall.html?_r=0

Thanks for the review. It seems we have to blame David Forster for this one. So obviously I had to look him up and saw that he was responsible for this garbage, I'm not surprised any more:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFD9lW9PGM4

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Some more "nice" Forster productions below, at least the guy really is consistent.

 

Actually, it is surprising how much the new album sounds like somebody cloned Diana into a Karate a Kid II soundtrack. Peter Cetera forever....

 

Again, strongly recommend to avoid this awful album.

 

 

 

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This type of change of genre by a singer combined with totally new arrangements rarely works and, unfortunately, this one doesn't.

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And the new Dylan is 24/44.1 Sigh.

 

I just had a listen to this. Not impressed. Dylan doing Sinatra just doesn't work for me. His voice is too much of a mismatch for the material, in my opinion.

Sometimes it's like someone took a knife, baby
Edgy and dull and cut a six inch valley
Through the middle of my skull

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