What I watched: Death on the Nile, the latest in the Agatha Christie revivals. I very much like how Kenneth Branagh approaches the character of Poirot. He’s much more watchable than the stiff version from those old Masterpiece shows. Of course, I’m not exactly a Christie aficionado, so others may disagree, but I really don’t give a shit. Good movie. Worth watching.
What I read: My hot streak came to a screeching halt. I had put in a request to my local library for a book and it seems they’re taking their own sweet time about getting it. So, I didn’t read shit.
What I listed to: Our next stop on the best engineered albums of all time is The Look of Love by Diana Krall. Released in 2001, this was her sixth album and my personal favorite. Her early work was a trio of piano, bass and guitar with her vocals—and is great stuff—but I really liked the big approach they took with recording her with the London Symphony Orchestra…but that could simply be my bias for orchestral recordings. The one stylistic criticism I have is that they deemphasized her piano playing, which is excellent. Overall, I’ve always had a great appreciation for Diana Krall because—aside from that one disastrous attempt to make some mailbox money for her talentless hack of a husband—she has made a point of bringing back many of the old standards so they can stay in the collective listening consciousness. Yet, she does more than just revive these songs—she puts her own signature on them, which is part of what makes her albums so listenable. Her version of “I Get Along Without You Very Well” still gives me chills every time I hear it. I’m betting that Al Schmitt used a Decca Tree to record the orchestra, based on what I’m hearing, but that’s just a guess. Anyway, this is great stuff.