My One and Only Thrill

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My One and Only Thrill
Studio album by Melody Gardot
Released April 28, 2009 (2009-04-28)
Recorded Capitol Studios, Stage and Sound
(Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Market Street
(Santa Monica, California)
Genre Jazz, blues
Length 48:07
Label Verve, Universal Classics and Jazz
Producer Larry Klein
Melody Gardot chronology
Live from SoHo
(2009)
My One and Only Thrill
(2009)
The Absence
(2012)
Singles from My One and Only Thrill
  1. "Who Will Comfort Me"
    Released: March 17, 2009
  2. "Baby I'm a Fool"
    Released: April 7, 2009
  3. "Your Heart Is As Black As Night"
    Released: February 22, 2011[1]

My One and Only Thrill is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Melody Gardot, released on April 28, 2009, by Verve Records. Three singles were released from the album: "Who Will Comfort Me", "Baby I'm a Fool" and "Your Heart Is As Black As Night". All tracks are original, except "Over the Rainbow" (originally sung by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz), which is included as a tribute to her grandmother.[2] It features string arrangements by Vince Mendoza, who, along with producer Larry Klein, is known for his works with Joni Mitchell. The album cover was photographed by Nicholas LaClair, while Victoria Stiles served as the make-up artist for Gardot. The album received three Grammy Award nominations: Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for the title track (Mendoza), Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (Helik Hadar and Al Schmitt), and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical (Klein). The album has sold over 500,000 copies to date.[3]

A deluxe edition was released in November 2009, which consists of a digi-pack including an orchestral version of "If the Stars Were Mine" and an additional EP with five tracks recorded live at a radio concert in Paris, as well as an extended booklet.[4] A second deluxe addition, the Starwatch edition, was released in November 2010. This version includes three bonus "Chill Out Mix" tracks and instead of the live EP it includes the Bye Bye Blackbird EP, four tracks recorded with British jazz guitarist David Preston.[5]

Style[edit]

Keeping the dark piano jazz style, the album incorporates several elements of samba and Brazilian music, which Gardot considers major influences. Regarding the slightly quiet and always smooth sound, she was quoted saying that, because of her health problems, not many instruments could be used. She added that it was a very logical process.[2] The album is mainly sung in English, except for the French-language track "Les étoiles" ("The Stars").

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
BBC Music favorable[7]
Billboard favorable[8]
The Boston Globe favorable[9]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[10]
The Independent favorable[11]
JazzTimes favorable[12]
The New York Times favorable[13]
The Times 4/5 stars[14]
Toronto Star 3.5/5 stars[15]

The album gained favorable reviews upon its release, calculating an average rating of 71/100 according to Metacritic based on ten critic reviews.[16] Allmusic remarked that "These are slight, subtle progressions but what impresses is how thoroughly My One and Only Thrill lives up to the promise of her debut, offering another album that is as enchanting in its sound as it is in its substance", awarding the album with four out of five stars.[6] The Times gave the album four out of five stars and described it as "an exceptional album and anyone who thought the great age of the torch singer was long over should lend an ear".[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

My One and Only Thrill peaked at number forty-two on the Billboard 200 in the US, becoming Gardot's highest-charting album on the chart to date. Furthermore, the album enjoyed success across Europe, where it reached number one in Sweden, as well as the top five in Belgium, France, Greece, and Norway, and the top twenty in Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland. It narrowly missed the top ten on the UK Albums Chart, reaching number twelve, her highest peak there so far. Moreover, the album charted at number twenty-three in Australia and at number eleven in New Zealand. In Germany, the album debuted at number thirty-two and quickly fell down. Following the release of the album's deluxe edition, it made a re-entry at number twenty-three more than one year later and jumped up in the next weeks to its peak position of number four.[17] The album is estimated to have sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Melody Gardot, except when noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Baby I'm a Fool"   3:30
2. "If the Stars Were Mine"   2:48
3. "Who Will Comfort Me"   4:56
4. "Your Heart Is As Black As Night"   2:42
5. "Lover Undercover"   4:24
6. "Our Love Is Easy" (Gardot, Jesse Harris) 5:28
7. "Les Etoiles"   3:18
8. "The Rain" (Gardot, Harris) 3:21
9. "My One and Only Thrill"   6:10
10. "Deep Within the Corners of My Mind"   3:19
11. "Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg) 4:33
12. "If the Stars Were Mine" (Orchestral Version) 3:13

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Australia[51] Gold
Denmark[52] Gold
Europe[53] Platinum
France[54] 2× Platinum
Germany[55] Platinum
Greece[56] Gold
New Zealand[57] Gold
Norway[58] Platinum
Poland[59] Platinum
Sweden[60] 2× Platinum
United Kingdom[61] Gold

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