Picks and Pans Review: Diana Krall

UPDATED 04/06/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/06/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

Quiet Nights |

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The title of the singer-pianist's latest says it all: This is an album designed for getting cozy with your lover—or your favorite pillow—in the still of the night. There is a hushed intimacy to these torchy ballads (including standards like "Too Marvelous for Words" and the sultry standout, "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face") and slow-burning bossa novas (with three songs from Brazilian great Antonio Carlos Jobim). The overall effect, though, can get a bit too sleepy, with Krall and company playing it a little too cool.

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