Diana Krall has built her career on sublime versions of jazz standards, but this time she has dived into her dad's collection of old 78s in search of obscure gems from the 1920s and 30s.
She approaches them in a variety of ways - Tin Pan Alley combo (We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye, I Used To Love You But It's All Over Now), soft and soothing (Prairie Lullaby, Let It Rain) or a combination of the two (Here Lies Love), with little touches that lift them above the ordinary.
Two exceptions to the retro mood are the rockabilly classic I'm A Little Mixed Up and a spooky Lonely Avenue, while producer T-Bone Burnett adds a New Orleans twist to numbers like There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears, and her husband Elvis Costello guest stars in When the Curtain Comes Down.
Krall's vocals are more relaxed and less mannered, which is another bonus, though she still sounds as sexy as ever. Best tracks: Glad Rag Doll, Lonely Avenue
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.