Diana Krall may have been said to have "sold out" on this 2004 release when she decided to record something other than jazz standards, but "The Girl in the Other Room" is truly a fantastic jazz album. While it isn't made up of classics like her prior releases, instead it is a bold recording and is a jazz record made with care, creativity, and a vibrant warmth in its twelve songs. The non-original material ranges from the Mississippi-fueled jazzed-up blues of Mose Allison's "Stop This World" to contemporary songs that are reinvented in Krall's image such as Tom Waits'
"Temptation", Joni Mitchell’s "Black Crow", Chris Smither's "Love Me Like a Man", and her husband, Elvis Costello's "Almost Blue". The knockout of these is "Black Crow" which emotionally draws the listener in, and Anthony Wilson soars through an incredible guitar solo.
This is a must have in 5.1 surround sound and is available on a Hybrid SACD. The acoustic bass is solid and is very present in the sub-woofers. Krall's piano is stretched across the left to right sound field and is placed between the front and back speakers, warmly enveloping the listener, causing you to feel like you are sitting at her piano surrounded by the band. Guitar parts have typically been placed at the back, while the drums and voice are up front. The sound stage is wide and has a lot of presence, and the quality is wonderfully live, which provides a sense of sitting in a night club and listening to these tunes. This is by far one of the clearest Super Audio CDs I have heard to date.
"The Girl in the Other Room" is a bold new direction by an artist who expresses great willingness to extend the jazz tradition through confessional language and a tastefully inventive application that is caressed by, not saturated in, elegant pop.
This edition released April 2004.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.