Diana Krall: Wallflower

A jazz veteran's personal tour of rock and pop memories

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Diana Krall is a jazz pianist and vocalist who has recorded Brazilian music, Thirties jazz and songs co-written with her husband, Elvis Costello. So this collection of favorites by the likes of Randy Newman, the Carpenters, Jim Croce, Bob Dylan and Elton John, among others, fits easily into her tastefully eclectic comfort zone. Krall's elegant, personalized readings and pop veteran David Foster's string-heavy production can give a song like 10cc's "I'm Not in Love" or the Eagles' "Desperado" the glint of a modern standard. Even a Michael Bublé cameo on Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" can't wreck the power of Krall's beautifully desolate rendition.