My One And Only Thrill

  • Record Label: Verve
  • Release Date: Apr 28, 2009
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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Mojo
    80
    Gardot's torch ballads smoulder intensely. [Apr 2009, p.103]
  5. Gardot's wistful, breathy voice belies her youth and the unobtrusive competence of this album effortlessly belies the difficulties she has striven to overcome.
  6. My One and Only Thrill, in its insistently slow tempos and heavy-heartedness, resists a full embrace.
  7. Q Magazine
    60
    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. She deserves credit for creating an album this focused, even at the cost of vigor.
  10. Uncut
    60
    Melody Gardot actually makes a better album than Shakin' Stevens and Peyroux with My One And Only Thrill. [Apr 2009, p.82]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. BaroccoB.
    Apr 29, 2009
    9
    Eclectic, Glamour and so deeply Noir...I have the feeling to be in a boudoir.
  2. Apr 9, 2017
    8
    Melody has a very smooth and beautiful voice, making it very easy to listen to and watch time just effortlessly pass by. It would be nice toMelody has a very smooth and beautiful voice, making it very easy to listen to and watch time just effortlessly pass by. It would be nice to have a faster, more powerful song built into the album to give it a sort of climax; but I am more of a rock fan and something a rock fan would say. Full Review »
  3. 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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