Quiet Nights - Diana Krall

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Ogerman charts emphasize minor keys, creating a moody emotional palette for the album. And, as usual, Krall's honeyed voice and carefully chiseled playing are as spare and perfect on every cut as her core quartet's accompaniment.
  2. Ogerman might be the only arranger alive who can make an overstuffed orchestra sound so distant and wistful, and Krall, suddenly channeling Julie London, is the taciturn symphony's whispery match.
  3. 80
    The result is fabulous, Ogerman framing Krall's sultry, languorous delivery with arrangements that are opulent yet don't swamp her voice. [Jul 2009, p.93]
  4. Standards given a sensual bossa makeover
  5. Quiet Nights is still a gorgeous wallow in high-gloss pop romanticism.
  6. Tapping into the sensuous mode of such classic divas of desire as Julie London and Peggy Lee, Diana Krall is at her most seductive on this bossa nova-flavored collaboration with Claus Ogerman.
  7. There may be a bit too much classic good taste on Quiet Nights--there is no reinterpretation, only homage--but that's not quite a problem because Krall knows enough to lay back, to never push, only to glide upon the gossamer surface.
  8. The line between dreamy and sleepy is a fine one, and many jazz singers have fallen on the wrong side of it when attempting bossa nova. Diana Krall, however, negotiates it skillfully on Quiet Nights, her first album of all bossas.
  9. While fans looking for a classic, none-too-jarring soundtrack for a romantic evening surely will follow this record happily into their good night, Krall has offered us more than that in the past.
  10. 60
    A so-so collection of lushly orchestrated Brazilian bossa novas and ballads that unite Mrs. Costello with Frank Sinatra's arranger claus Ogerman. [Apr 2009, p.82]
  11. As if fearing she might be overtaken in the sweet-nothings department by the even more whispery newcomer Melody Gardot, Krall here breathes her way through an entire album of songs about love and loss, mostly restricting herself to a smoky middle register--with a little samba-sensuality on the side.
  12. Quiet Nights contains a few surprises, even if they are dressed up in slow finery.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. DavidW.
    Apr 20, 2009
    I love Bossa Nova and also I enjoyed Diana Krall's last album very much. But the combination just doesn' t work out. Diana Krall's voice seems out of place, out of tune. The orchestra sounds spiritless and drowsy instead of laid back. The interpretations are lukewarm and uninspired. What a disappointment. Full Review »
  2. DaveK
    Apr 14, 2009
    Individually the songs are beautiful but together they induce sleep. Lacks the "snap" of some of the arrangements on "Look of Love."
  3. RayB
    Apr 14, 2009
    Not a best effort, Ms. Krall tries to break her formidable mold, and delivers a very nice smooth, and rather boring album. I use it as background music. During dinner. When no one is particularly listening. There is virtually no contrast here, and her voice is too soft and breathyt. I think it's supposed to be romantic, but it comes across as amateurish. She can do so much better than this. Also, the full orchestra used to back her up is so far in the background that it might as well not be there. I guess someone wanted a truly safe album. Only for die hard Krall fans. Or people who don't like jazz much. And in hotel lobbies. Rest homes. Funeral home restrooms. Full Review »