Review of North
- Barney Hoskyns
North Deutsche Gramaphon
Tin Pan Alley revisited by Mr Diana Krall
Only Elvis Costello could release a jazz album on the august Deutsche
Gramaphon label. Not exactly "(I Don`t Want To Go To)Chelsea",
is it? Why does he bother? This drab sequence of Rodgers & Hart-style
ballads is so arid and mannered you just wanna yell, "Stop farting
about with old dead forms and write
something NEW!" Or at least something from the heart rather than
the ageing fanboy head.
Collaborating with Bacharach, a real genius, was one thing. Offering
up what is essentially the same mopey, major-to-minor song 11 times
- complete with very samey vocal lines and that gratingly strained vibrato
- is another entirely.