Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll: A Nostalgic Journey to the 1920s
Diana Krall is one of the most acclaimed jazz singers and pianists of our time. She has won five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards, and sold over 15 million albums worldwide. But for her 11th studio album, she decided to explore a different side of her musical heritage: the 78 RPM records she heard at home growing up in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
Glad Rag Doll (Deluxe Edition) is a collection of songs from the 1920s and 1930s, mostly written by Tin Pan Alley composers like Irving Berlin, Harry Warren, and Gus Kahn. These songs were popular in the era of vaudeville, speakeasies, and silent movies, and they reflect the joys and sorrows of life in those turbulent times. Some of them are upbeat and playful, like \"We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye\" and \"You Know - I Know Ev'rything's Made for Love\". Others are melancholy and haunting, like the title track \"Glad Rag Doll\" and \"Lonely Avenue\".
Krall collaborated with legendary producer T Bone Burnett, who has worked with artists like Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Robert Plant. Burnett brought along some of his regular musicians, including guitarist Marc Ribot and drummer Jay Belarose, to create a sparse and atmospheric sound that complements Krall's sultry voice. The album also features guest appearances by Costello (Krall's husband), guitarist Colin Linden, and violinist Stuart Duncan.
The deluxe edition of Glad Rag Doll includes four bonus tracks: an alternate version of \"Glad Rag Doll\", a cover of \"Garden in the Rain\" by Gene Austin, an alternate version of \"There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears\" by Bix Beiderbecke, and a live rendition of \"All I Do Is Dream of You\" by Gene Kelly.
Glad Rag Doll (Deluxe Edition) is a tribute to the music that shaped Krall's childhood and influenced her career. It is also a journey to a bygone era that still resonates with modern listeners. If you are a fan of Diana Krall or jazz in general, you will enjoy this album.
The album received generally favorable reviews from critics, who praised Krall's adventurous choice of material, her expressive vocals, and the atmospheric production by Burnett. According to Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 76, based on 12 reviews. 
Some of the highlights of the album include the playful \"We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye\", the sultry \"There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears\", the wistful \"Just Like a Butterfly That's Caught in the Rain\", and the bluesy \"Lonely Avenue\". The album also features some guest appearances by Krall's husband Elvis Costello, who sings on \"I'm a Little Mixed Up\" and plays mandola on \"Lonely Avenue\". 
Glad Rag Doll debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 46,000 copies in its first week. It also reached number one on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and number two on the Billboard Top Canadian Albums chart. The album was nominated for a Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2013.