Whether or not it looks like love, this project certainly sounds like love, with warm production values and classic songs that reference all the various emotions found in a relationship.

Whether or not it looks like love, this project certainly sounds like love, with warm production values and classic songs that reference all the various emotions found in a relationship. Krall's first new music since 1999 tackles familiar territory—ballads from the great American songbook, including the title track, "S'Wonderful," and "Dancing in the Dark"—and ups the ante by adding appropriately heart-tugging orchestral accompaniment. The overall result is Krall's softest, most intimate recording to date, with alluring vocals and perfectly placed piano runs accented by gentle bossa nova rhythms and laid-back jazz instrumentation. Sure, it is all quite polished and at times a bit restrained, but call this one a classic, because Krall has never sounded more confident. And in years to come, this disc will sound every bit as romantic, and as good, as it does today.—SG

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