Album: Melody Gardot, My One and Only Thrill (Universal)

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Call it twazz, the admixture of twee female vocals with lite-jazz stylings, as heard by Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux. Like Miss P, Gardot is a class act produced by Larry Klein.

Unlike her, she writes most of her own material and sounds like a cartoon kitten doing Julie London. This second album is an expensive job with two great songs, Gardot's "Baby I'm a Fool" and Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow". But Vince Mendoza's strings sound like they were mixed in at random and the overall effect is too sweet for lasting nourishment.

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