Diana Krall - Love Scenes
dts Entertainments 5.1 mix of this Canadian crooners album features
a dozen standards delivered in Kralls distinctive style, reproduced 5.1
Its a 20 bit digital transfer, and over all the sound quality is very
good. Okay, there isnt a lot of surround, but that isnt necessarily
a bad thing. In fact, you do get quite a bit of ambience throughout the room,
almost as if youre there in the studio (or, more accurately, a small jazz
club) with Diana and her musicians - and thats never a bad thing.
Kralls silky smooth voice likewise leaps into the room, wriggling into
your consciousness in a most intimate manner. We did find the sound a tad bassy,
which was a bit disconcerting, and though our experience with 5.1 music mixes
is understandably limited to date (after all, the new music formats are new
and title selection is still quite limited), weve noticed this on a couple
of discs from dts. Maybe its our setup (though we doubt it); guess its
time to do another tweak just to see
That said, the bass isnt really overpowering, just more up front and
louder than we expected, especially from an acoustic bass.
The musical arrangements are pretty straightforward. Krall sings, of course,
and tickles the ivories as well. Shes joined by Russell Malone on guitar
and Christian McBride on bass. The arrangements are tasteful, the overall experience
is very pleasant.
Kralls voice is spread across the front three speakers, really dominating
the soundstage at the front of the listening room. The guitar and bass also
hang out in this general area, making it sound almost as if theyre performing
for you on a small clubs stage, minus the tinkling of glasses and haze
of smoke (though Kralls voice has a bit of smokiness to it,
nicely blended with the silk). As mentioned, most of what comes from the surrounds
is reverb, an ambience effect that really opens up the listening room.
Overall sound quality is excellent. Vocals are clean, full, and warm, the
piano sounds crisp. It isnt a particularly powerful presentation, but
that wouldnt be appropriate for this collection of relatively quiet love
songs anyway. Rather, we get an intimate concert-quality performance reproduced
to sound like an intimate concert performance.
One thing we appreciated was that theres little surround for the
sake of surround here. While were suckers for a good quadraphonic
mix (read our review of Brain Salad Surgery,
for example), were wary of gimmicks. Fortunately, the re-mix producers
have resisted the temptation for the most part.
So if youre looking for a whiz bang surround sound fest, youd
be best served looking elsewhere, but if youre a Krall fan, or just want
to experience a beautifully recorded and intimate musical visit to your home
theater, you might find this album enjoyable.
As with most straight dts discs, there are no extras, which isnt
necessarily a bad thing. You do get a pretty substantial liner booklet, however,
and its pretty good.
Alas, as with other straight dts discs, if you use the analog
outputs of your player (or dont have a digital output from your DVD-ROM
drive), youll just get a whopping big dose of noise rather than the lovely
music. This is a drawback to dts discs, though we daresay that most people whod
buy them probably have the proper hardware setup.
1. All Or Nothing At All
2. Peel Me A Grape
3. I Don't Know Enough About You
4. I Miss You So
5. They Can't Take That Away From Me
6. Lost Mind
7. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
8. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
9. Gentle Rain
10. How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky)
11. My Love Is
12. Garden In The Rain
Genre: Jazz Label: DTS Entertainment 5.1 Producer: Tommy LiPuma 5.1 Mixed by:
Al Schmitt UPC: 710215104423
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