DIANA KRALL

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Turn Up The Quiet (Verve 5735217)

The way Diana Krall sings these Great Amer­i­can Song­book love songs was in­con­ceiv­able even a few years ago.

She digs deeper into the lyrics, not in an ex­ag­ger­ated mu­si­cal-the­atre way, but with flaw­less in­stincts for which word to weight in a line, and how to phrase that line to make it live anew. Al­though rou­tinely good, Krall has never been this con­sis­tently hon­est and even mov­ing. Her at­trac­tive voice is deep­en­ing, and her de­liv­ery—al­ways at its best when soft­est—is here es­pe­cially breathy and in­ti­mate. What re­ally makes her ren­di­tions of songs such as Isn’t It Ro­man­tic, Night and Day and es­pe­cially a stun­ning Sway so emo­tion­ally telling, how­ever, is her com­mand of un­der­state­ment and her pre­pared­ness to re­veal vul­ner­a­bil­ity. The stel­lar sup­port cast in­cludes Chris­tian McBride, Rus­sell Malone, Jeff Hamil­ton, Marc Ri­bot and John Clay­ton Jnr.

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