Friday, January 02, 2009

Melody Gardot - My One and Only Thrill, Set for Spring Release

Melody Gardot - My One and Only Thrill (Verve, 2009)

Listen to "Baby I'm a Fool" from the new album.

Melody Gardot's second full length album, produced by Larry Klein and much anticipated since she signed with Verve about a year and a half ago, is set for release this spring. The cover and track list are up on the Amazon sites in the U.S. and U.K. where the album can now be pre-ordered. "Baby I'm a Fool" is already out in the U.K. as a single & EP, and Melody put the song (above) up on her myspace player to give the rest of the world a preview listen. The listings show an extra track on the U.K. release, the last song, "Where Do I Begin".

1. Baby I'm A Fool
2. If The Stars Were Mine
3. Who Will Comfort Me
4. Your Heart Is As Black As Night
5. Lover Undercover
6. Our Love Is Easy
7. Les Etoiles
8. The Rain
9. My One And Only Thrill
10. Deep Within The Corners Of My Mind
11. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
12. Where Do I Begin (UK only)

Click over to Melody's UK website for a nice ten minute video on the making of the record, with lots of the music to hear, interview with Melody, and shots of her in the studio while recording.

Here is a three part conversation between Melody and producer Larry Klein about making the album, from the Sundance Channel's Inspiration Sessions. The content here is well worth sitting through the ad three times.

Melody's been doing "Baby I'm a Fool" live for some time now, it knocked me out the first time I heard her sing it at Rockwood; on "Les Etoiles" she sounds awesome singing in French, and her solo take on "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" always kills. Here are two songs recorded live for XM's The Loft program in June, 2007.

Listen to "Baby I'm a Fool" Live at XM, 6/07.

Listen to "Les Etoiles" Live at XM, 6/07.

The track list on Amazon UK includes personnel for each track (names only) which reveals that in addition to Melody and her band (Ken Pendergast, Charlie Patierno, Bryan Rogers, and Patrick Hughes), producer Larry Klein plays on almost every track along with a core group of additional players and some beautifully arranged strings. "Where Do I Begin" is listed as just Melody solo.

The My One and Only Thrill EP which leads with "Baby I'm a Fool" is already out on iTunes UK, and even though we can't buy it from the United States, you can listen to the thirty second samples from two more incredibly gorgeous songs from the album, all beautifully arranged with strings and Melody's amazing voice. The fourth track on the EP is "High Night" which is a duet with Till Brönner from his Latin jazz album Rio, also produced by Larry Klein, which was released in September 2008 in the U.K., but is also not available here.

Amazon U.S.lists a release date of April 28, 2009.
Amazon U.K. lists a release date of March 16, 2009.

Melody's myspace.
Melody's website.
Melody's blog: Chateaux du Gardot.