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Diana Krall paid tribute to her father on Glad Rag Doll, the 2012 album sourced from his collection of 78-rpm records, and, in a sense, its 2015 successor Wallflower is a companion record of sorts, finding the singer revisiting songs from her childhood. Like many kids of the 20th century, she grew up listening to the radio, which meant she was weaned on the soft rock superhits of the '70s -- songs that earned sniffy condescension at the time but nevertheless have turned into modern standards due to their continual presence in pop culture (and arguably were treated that way at the time, seeing cover after cover by middlebrow pop singers). Krall does not limit herself to the songbook of Gilbert O'Sullivan, Jim Croce, the Carpenters, Elton John, and the Eagles, choosing to expand her definition of soft rock to include a previously unrecorded Paul McCartney song called "If I Take You Home Tonight" (a leftover from his standards album Kisses on the Bottom), Bob Dylan's "Wallflower," Randy Newman's "Feels Like Home," and Neil Finn's "Don't Dream It's Over," a song from 1986 that has been covered frequently in the three decades since. "Don't Dream It's Over" slides into this collection easily, as it's as malleable and timeless as "California Dreamin'," "Superstar," "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," or "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)," songs that are identified with specific artists but are often covered successfully. Krall's renditions rank among those successes because she's understated, never fussing with the melodies but allowing her arrangements to slink by in a deliberate blend of sparseness and sophistication. It's an aesthetic that helps transform the Eagles' "I Can't Tell You Why" and 10cc's "I'm Not in Love," singles that are as successful as much for their production as their song, into elegant torch songs, yet it doesn't do much for Newman's pedestrian "Feels Like Home," nor does it lend itself to the loping country of "Wallflower," which may provide the name for this album but feels like an uninvited guest among these majestically melodic middle-of-the-road standards. These stumbles are slight and, tellingly, they put into context Krall's achievement with Wallflower: by singing these songs as sweet and straight as the dusty old standards on Glad Rag Doll or the bossa nova on 2009's Quiet Nights, she demonstrates how enduring these once-dismissed soft rock tunes really are.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2015
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602537866854
catalogNumber: 002098902
Rank: 26248


  1. California Dreamin'
  2. Desperado
  3. Superstar
  4. Alone Again (Naturally)
  5. Wallflower
  6. If I Take You Home Tonight
  7. I Can't Tell You Why
  8. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
  9. Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)
  10. I'm Not In Love
  11. Feels Like Home
  12. Don't Dream It's Over

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diana Krall   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Graham Nash   Background Vocals
Steve Stills   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
David Foster   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ebo
Jim Keltner   Drums
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Nathan East   Bass
Christian McBride   Bass
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Dean Parks   Guitar
Timothy B. Schmit   Background Vocals
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Karriem Riggins   Drums
Blake Mills   Guitar
Jochem van der Saag   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Jim Croce   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Don Henley   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Vince Mendoza   Orchestration
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
David Foster   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,String Arrangements
Graham Gouldman   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Michelle Phillips   Composer
Eric Stewart   Composer
Neil Finn   Composer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Hank Linderman   Vocal Engineer
Gilbert O'Sullivan   Composer
Timothy B. Schmit   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
William Ross   Orchestration
Steve Genewick   Pro-Tools
Chris Walden   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Everton Nelson   Orchestra Leader
Michael Bublé   Duet
Jorge Vivo   Engineer
Adam Miller   Pro-Tools
Jochem van der Saag   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Sound Design
Steve Price   Engineer
Susie Gillis   Assistant Contractor
Nuno Fernandes   Vocal Engineer
Spencer Sunshine   Engineer
Chris Porter   Engineer

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