Glad Rag Doll

Album Review of Glad Rag Doll by Diana Krall.

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Glad Rag Doll

Diana Krall

Glad Rag Doll by Diana Krall

Release Date: Oct 2, 2012
Record label: Verve
Genre(s): Jazz, Vocal, Standards, Contemporary Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop

78 Music Critic Score
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Glad Rag Doll - Very Good, Based on 6 Critics

PopMatters - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Success is to be devoutly hoped for in life. And if you are a jazz musician, achieving Diana Krall-level success is like winning the lottery or striking gold – a rare coming together of spectacular sales and not a little critical acclaim. But that kind of success in art is going to be a prison more often than not. It certainly was for Krall.

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American Songwriter - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Call Glad Rag Doll an artistic leap forward, although to surmise that Krall hasn’t already gained industry-wide and critical respect would be a bold misconception. Krall was a central piece in Paul McCartney’s recent trip down music’s memory lane with Kisses On The Bottom, and so the music contained within her latest work was a place she was already comfortable with performing. In fact, it was her father’s collection of 78s that was an inspiration in this collection of music during one of America’s most fertile songwriting periods.

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Expert Witness (MSN Music) - 79
Based on rating B+
79

On the singer-pianist’s latest, Glad Rag Doll, producer T Bone Burnett surrounds her with a comfy-thick blanket of guitars (Marc Ribot’s reverberating chords ring through clearly). Song choices lean toward Tin Pan Alley pop and the occasional R&B tune, such as an enthralling cover of Doc Pomus’ devastating ”Lonely Avenue.” The result brings out the warmth in a voice that’s been chilly, verging on aloof, at times. She calls this her ”song and dance record”; I’d call it her nimble, witty, change-of-pace record.

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Entertainment Weekly - 79
Based on rating B+
79

On the singer-pianist’s latest, Glad Rag Doll, producer T Bone Burnett surrounds her with a comfy-thick blanket of guitars (Marc Ribot’s reverberating chords ring through clearly). Song choices lean toward Tin Pan Alley pop and the occasional R&B tune, such as an enthralling cover of Doc Pomus’ devastating ”Lonely Avenue.” The result brings out the warmth in a voice that’s been chilly, verging on aloof, at times. She calls this her ”song and dance record”; I’d call it her nimble, witty, change-of-pace record.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

For only the second time in her career, jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall deviates from her tried, true m.o. of covering easily identifiable jazz standards. On Glad Rag Doll she teams with producer T-Bone Burnett and his stable of studio aces. Here the two-time Grammy winner covers mostly vaudeville and jazz tunes written in the 1920s and '30s, some relatively obscure.

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The New York Times
Their review was only somewhat favourable

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