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Wallflower is the twelfth studio album by Canadian singer Diana Krall, released on February 3, 2015 by Verve Records.[12] The album was produced by David Foster.[13] The album's supporting tour, Wallflower World Tour, began in Boston on February 25, 2015.

Wallflower
Diana Krall - Wallflower.png
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2015 (2015-02-03)
Recorded
GenreVocal jazz
Length45:14
LabelVerve
ProducerDavid Foster
Diana Krall chronology
Glad Rag Doll
(2012)
Wallflower
(2015)
Turn Up the Quiet
(2017)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic58/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
American Songwriter2.5/5 stars[3]
Financial Times2/5 stars[4]
Daily Telegraph3/5 stars[5]
The National3/5 stars[6]
PopMatters3/10[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
Stuff.co.nz3.5/5 stars[9]
Spectrum Culture3.5/5 stars[10]
The Times of India3/5 stars[11]

Contents

RecordingEdit

The album tracks are cover songs of various pop and rock hits. The only track that had never been released before is "If I Take You Home Tonight" by Paul McCartney. He wrote the song for his album Kisses on the Bottom, in which he collaborated with Krall. Although the song didn't make the cut for that album, Krall asked McCartney if she could record the song, and he gave his consent.[14]

Commercial performanceEdit

Wallflower debuted at number two on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 13,000 copies in its first week.[15] By January 2016 the album had sold 66,000 copies in Canada.[16]

In the United States, it entered the Billboard 200 at number 10 with first-week sales of 44,000 copies, becoming Krall's sixth top-10 album on the chart.[17] The album debuted at number 19 on the UK Albums Chart with 3,511 copies sold in its first week.[18]

Critical receptionEdit

At Metacritic, that assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 58, based on 10 critic reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".

Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph stated "It is a lovely Valentine record, if you favour melancholic songs about missed chances. The set feels overfamiliar, though, drawing heavily on classic Seventies ballads by the Carpenters, Eagles, Elton John and 10CC. A moodily evocative reading of a gorgeous new Paul McCartney song, I'll Take You Home Tonight, suggests this album might have been more interesting if Krall had dared to take the middle-of-the-road less travelled".[5]

Jim Farber of New York Daily News wrote "Wallflower breaks another pattern for Krall. It eschews her frequent focus on American standards. But the sexiness and spring she brought to the best of those covers rarely comes into play here".[19]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."California Dreamin'"The Mamas & the Papas3:17
2."Desperado"Eagles3:32
3."Superstar"Delaney & Bonnie4:16
4."Alone Again (Naturally)" (duet with Michael Bublé)Gilbert O'SullivanGilbert O'Sullivan3:50
5."Wallflower" (featuring Blake Mills)Bob DylanDoug Sahm3:05
6."If I Take You Home Tonight"Paul McCartneyDiana Krall3:52
7."I Can't Tell You Why"
Eagles3:40
8."Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"Elton John4:11
9."Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)"Jim CroceJim Croce3:41
10."I'm Not in Love"10cc3:52
11."Feels Like Home" (duet with Bryan Adams)Randy NewmanLinda Ronstadt4:21
12."Don't Dream It's Over"Neil FinnCrowded House3:37

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[62] Gold 7,500*
Canada (Music Canada)[63] Platinum 80,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[64] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[59] Gold 20,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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