Melody Gardot – The Absence [Album]
Melody Gardot is an American acoustic and jazz musician from Philadelphia. She’s been active since 2005, and has 3 full-length albums. Her third album, The Absence, was released on May 29th, 2012. But it was not made available on iTunes until June 18th. The iTunes version includes a few bonus tracks, including one excellent cover.
The album opens strong, with “Mira.” The album is a lovely jazz piece, drawing the listener in with the soft and diverse instrumentation and soothing voice of Gardot. From the minute Melody Gardot begins to sing, you’ll find yourself entranced until the album concludes. One of the bonus tracks on the iTunes version is an acoustic version of this number. There are many excellent guitar lines in it to keep the track moving along, all played expertly.
The pace drops a little for the next track, “Amalia,” but the musical competency does not. You can find a stream of this track at the bottom of this article. The album begins to sink into a darker mood, but the sound is still beautiful. Gardot proves herself to be a talented lyricist as well as singer and musician. “Impossible Love” is a brilliantly intense track, and sure to be a favorite.
The original album concludes on “Iemanja,” which appears again as a bonus acoustic track on the extended iTunes edition. The other bonus track that the extended edition offers is a cover of “La vie en rose,” the signature song of French singer Édith Piaf. Gardot’s version is slowed down, more enticing and sexual. If you’re going to try and cover Édith Piaf, you better do a damn good job of it, and Melody Gardot succeeds.
The original 11 track album, the 3 bonus tracks, and a 25-minute track-by-track commentary are available on iTunes for $11.99.