Album: Diana Krall

The Look of Love, Universal
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Though Bruce Weber's pics for the sleeve look like they belong in a catalogue of hairdressing products, and one could get depressed about the relentlessly retro repertoire, it can't be denied that Krall – the biggest name in jazz right now – is a class act. The arrangements by the legendary Brazilian Claus Ogerman drift along in a sensuous haze, with Krall's voice recorded so close to the microphone that you can feel her tonsils trembling. Even the careworn title track sounds good, but it always does, doesn't it? For kitsch bossa nova stylings with a modicum of adventure, try Lisa Ekdahl. You can hear this at the hairdressers.