My One And Only Thrill - Melody Gardot
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 80
    Gardot's torch ballads smoulder intensely. [Apr 2009, p.103]
  2. These are slight, subtle progressions but what impresses is how thoroughly My One and Only Thrill lives up to the promise of her debut, offering another album that is as enchanting in its sound as it is in its substance.
  3. Her hushed, velvet-smooth vocals evoke a noir yearning and forlornness, her slow-burn delivery enraptures with a torch sentimentality, and her support team shines.
  4. A model of crisp economy and deep craft, Gardot's singular vision spans bossa nova ("Les Etoile"), blues ('Who Will Comfort Me'), noir ('Your Heart Is as Black as Night'), art song ('The Rain'), and a fistful of romantic ballads that are at once timeless and thrillingly original.
  5. She deserves credit for creating an album this focused, even at the cost of vigor.
  6. 60
    Melody Gardot actually makes a better album than Shakin' Stevens and Peyroux with My One And Only Thrill. [Apr 2009, p.82]
  7. Gardot mixes jazz and R&B with elegant string arrangements and acoustic guitars to beguiling, small-hour effect. [Mar 2009, p.98]
  8. This followup to her successful Worrisome Heart is mostly wistful, sometimes strings-accompanied originals.
  9. Gardot's wistful, breathy voice belies her youth and the unobtrusive competence of this album effortlessly belies the difficulties she has striven to overcome.
  10. My One and Only Thrill, in its insistently slow tempos and heavy-heartedness, resists a full embrace.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. BaroccoB.
    Apr 29, 2009
    9
    Eclectic, Glamour and so deeply Noir...I have the feeling to be in a boudoir.
  2. Feb 14, 2011
    10
    Soulful, encompassing, at times even spine tingling. Strong words perhaps, but the more I listen the more the powerful vocals and melodiesSoulful, encompassing, at times even spine tingling. Strong words perhaps, but the more I listen the more the powerful vocals and melodies grip me.

    Standouts on this album include "Lover Undercover" - grab your headphones, close your eyes and let the soaring chords, piano interludes and smoky vocals transport you. "Our Love Is Easy" blends a strong contemporary jazz feel with just the right amount of classical and orchestral accoutrements. "My One and Only Thrill" blurs the lines even further with jazz and ballad notes with a full sixty-second orchestral interlude halfway through the track.

    Whether it's chill out Sunday afternoons, or evenings in front of the fire, add this to your playlist.
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  3. JamesA.
    Jul 23, 2009
    8
    Being allergic to smooth jazz singers and the like I was pleasantly surprised that this album was not that. I read somewhere that she was Being allergic to smooth jazz singers and the like I was pleasantly surprised that this album was not that. I read somewhere that she was influenced in part by Caetano Veloso - I'm glad that it comes across. Full Review »