Review: Diana Krall – Wallflower (Universal Music Canada)

Diana KrallCanada’s Diana Krall boasts one of the most distinctive voices in jazz music of recent times. A skilled pianist that can enrapture an audience with her playing, her newest album Wallflower doesn’t play to her strengths. As an artist who has wonderfully covered greats like Nat King Cole in the past, Wallflower producer David Foster pushes Krall into mediocrity with bland covers of The Carpenters “Superstar,” “Desperado” from The Eagles and Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.” By the time the album wraps up with her cover of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” you’ll more than likely pinch yourself to be sure that Wallflower just wasn’t all a bad dream. Especially considering Krall is capable of so much more.