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  • Summary: New husband Elvis Costello co-wrote six of the tunes on this latest disc from platinum-selling jazz vocalist Diana Krall.
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  1. Alternately poignant and playful. [30 Apr 2004, p.161]
  2. This bold recording is a jazz record made with care, creativity, and a wonderfully intimate aesthetic fueling its 12 songs.
  3. The pretty ballads meditating on the vast wilderness and lonely highways of the great white north provide the perfect showcase for Krall's sultry voice and Costello's classic melodies.
  4. 60
    Starts strong and finishes weak, but it's forgivable considering the gems contained in this 12-song set. [May 2004, p.97]
  5. The Girl In The Other Room represents an experiment for Krall, and not an entirely successful one, but at the end of the record, having demonstrated the confidence to explain herself, she comes out with some of her most persuasive music yet.
  6. Unfortunately, the spell breaks down and the songs grow tedious as the album nears its end, practically running out of a steam like an emotional rollercoaster stranded at the bottom of the tracks.
  7. 40
    It's Krall's voice that has always been her biggest problem... consequently, these songs feel like elegant but bloodless conceits. [Jun 2004, p.85]

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  1. PeterB
    Oct 18, 2004
    10
    This is simply fantastic. I have always been lukewarm about jazz, but this puts a different light on it. My favorites are the songs she has This is simply fantastic. I have always been lukewarm about jazz, but this puts a different light on it. My favorites are the songs she has written, and the Joni Mitchell song. I play this again and again and again Expand
  2. FrankG
    Oct 24, 2005
    10
    Norah Jones eat your heart out! In her husband Elvis Costello she found the right songwriter to match her voice, and she also (co)wrote some Norah Jones eat your heart out! In her husband Elvis Costello she found the right songwriter to match her voice, and she also (co)wrote some songs herself. An excellent album and much much better than Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux and Regina Belle. A talent re-born!!!! Expand
  3. BGrosz
    May 4, 2004
    8
    Some outstanding cuts, especially a cover of Love Me Like a Man, the title track, Joni Mitchell's Black Crow and the closing Departure Some outstanding cuts, especially a cover of Love Me Like a Man, the title track, Joni Mitchell's Black Crow and the closing Departure Bay. This is unlike anything she has recorded before. Expand
  4. VinceH.
    Jun 19, 2004
    7
    Many long-time fans have been complaining about Krall's new direction for this CD. It is much more like Elvis Costello's recent Many long-time fans have been complaining about Krall's new direction for this CD. It is much more like Elvis Costello's recent "North" than any of her previous work. Despite the same musicians and producer, it is truly unlike her old stuff. Personally I like a lot of the songs, but there are a lot of duds scattered throughout that mess up the momentum. There is some great music here, I just wish artists would learn to either be more discriminating with the songs they put on their albums or cut them down a bit. Expand
  5. SteveD
    Jan 10, 2005
    4
    Technically well done. The sound quality is good, but where are the melodies? With the exception of 'The Look of Love' I raved Technically well done. The sound quality is good, but where are the melodies? With the exception of 'The Look of Love' I raved about her CDs, but this one is filled with songs that go nowhere, and that are easily forgettable....I'm not saying she should resume just doing jazz standards, but better material than this has to be available somewhere...I found it tedious. Expand