Review: Diana Krall, ‘Glad Rag Doll’

Review: Diana Krall, ‘Glad Rag Doll’: Aidin Vaziri | When Pink forgets to wear pants on her album cover (see: “The Truth About Love”), people think, “Well, that’s because she’s Pink.” But when Diana Krall – an esteemed 47-year-old jazz-pop vocalist and mother of two – does it, well, it feels like a cry for help. But you can rest easy. The glamour shot is a merely a nod to the vaudeville-era theme of her new album, “Glad Rag Doll.” While it might grab the attention of a few randy old Grammy voters, the dumbing-down is not reflected on the music inside. Instead, Krall elegantly reinterprets a handful of songs she grew up with at home, obscure selections from the ’20s and ’30s, and some more contemporary fare such as Buddy and Julie Miller’s “Wide River to Cross.” With her perpetually husky voice, ancient Steinway piano and producer T Bone Burnett’s studio garnish, she delivers an enchanting album that’s loose and warm – miles removed from the stuffy work for which she’s best known. Maybe she should have dropped trou years ago.

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