DIANA KRALL

Rating: NNNWhen an artist releases a career retrospective, the first instinct is to judge the curatorial work. Fervent fans of.


Rating: NNN


When an artist releases a career retrospective, the first instinct is to judge the curatorial work. Fervent fans of Vancouver Island’s most famous jazz singer could feel let down by this disc’s emphasis on Diana Krall’s late-90s, early-00s success.

The Look Of Love, Love Scenes and When I Look In Your Eyes are lopsidedly favoured. It makes sense since Krall’s biggest hits, along with Peel Me A Grape, Gershwin’s ‘S Wonderful and Let’s Fall In Love, came from those three albums.

But this compilation almost completely ignores 2004’s adventurous The Girl In The Other Room, featuring some of Krall’s first original work, including collaborations with her nerdy husband. Besides her Tom Waits cover, there’s the Krall-Costello-penned Narrow Delight, served as a ‘Canadian bonus track.’ Krall’s flexing her commercial brawn here, but with a disc that lacks artistic confidence.

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