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Diana Krall
The Girl in the Other Room (VERVE)
The past couple of years have been huge for Canadian jazz singer-pianist Diana Krall. She put out a successful live CD and DVD from concerts in Paris, and she found a mutual attraction with Elvis Costello, whom she married in 2003. Taking the idea of a matrimonial collaboration to the musical level, Costello lends his songwriting ability to six of the 12 tracks on his wife’s eighth album. Consequently, the half dozen originals penned by Krall and Costello are the best songs on the album, as they showcase Krall’s voice and accomplished piano playing, and provide a more personal stamp on the lyrics.
The Girl in the Other Room (VERVE)
The past couple of years have been huge for Canadian jazz singer-pianist Diana Krall. She put out a successful live CD and DVD from concerts in Paris, and she found a mutual attraction with Elvis Costello, whom she married in 2003. Taking the idea of a matrimonial collaboration to the musical level, Costello lends his songwriting ability to six of the 12 tracks on his wife’s eighth album. Consequently, the half dozen originals penned by Krall and Costello are the best songs on the album, as they showcase Krall’s voice and accomplished piano playing, and provide a more personal stamp on the lyrics.
David Mead
Indiana (NETTWERK)
Born in Syosset, New York, it would be easy for singer-songwriter David Mead to keep a New York state of mind with his music. But since Mead has lived all over the U.S., various places (Florida, Minnesota, Tennessee) are reflected in the folk/pop tunes on his third album. Mingling the influences of James Taylor with the sounds of the Jayhawks, David Gray, and John Mayer, Mead also sports a vocal range not heard since the likes of Christopher Cross or David Gates of Bread. He’s literally been everywhere, man, and covers a lot of ground with the acoustic plucking “Nashville,” slide-­guitar-accompanied title track, and a violin-supplemented “Queensboro Bridge.”
Alanis Morissette
So-Called Chaos(MAVERICK)
Have you been curious as to where Eric Avery, the original bassist for Jane’s Addiction, has been hiding out lately since he isn’t a part of the recently reformed Jane’s? Well, on Alanis Morissette’s fourth studio release, he can be found holding down the low-end on several songs. Produced in a Jackson Brown-owned California studio, the 10 tracks journey through multiple styles on standout numbers (such as “Eight Easy Steps” and “Knees of My Bees,” which feature Middle-Eastern-flavored instrumentation and huge, guitar-driven choruses), all the while showcasing this Canadian-born singer’s distinct voice, which has never sounded stronger or more pitch-perfect.