Diana Krall

One of the complaints that I have heard time and time again about Diana Krall is that she is a 'cold' and distant performer. It is a criticism that I have never agreed with; I believe that just because you have the gift of being a talented musician does not mean that you cannot be shy or reserved. Anyways, I do not think that that criticism can be made about this recording. On this CD Krall is downright giddy and silly on a couple of numbers, including "Winter Wonderland" and "Jingle Bells". She sounds like she is genuinely enjoying herself, so much so that she throws in a few personal touches here and there. This is not to say that there are not some downhearted tunes on this recording, but they are perfect background for romantic holiday dinners. 'Christmas Songs' is Krall's first go at a full-length Christmas recording and it is a good one. She has the rare talent of taking songs you have heard so often that you are sick of them and making them seem fresh. Her skills of interpretation are second to none. She was also wise enough to surround herself with the excellent Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, which makes her album harken back to those by Nat King Cole, etc. There are even some rarely heard Christmas songs on this CD including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" and "What Are You Doing Christmas Eve?". Put a Yule log on the fire, pour some eggnog and pop this CD into your player.

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