My One and Only Thrill

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My One and Only Thrill
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Studio album by Melody Gardot
Released March 16, 2009 (2009-03-16)
Recorded
Genre
Length 48:07
Label
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 and songwriter Melody Gardot, released on March 16, 2009 by Verve Records.[2] 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 performed by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz), which is included as a tribute to her grandmother.[3] It features string arrangements by Vince Mendoza, who, along with producer Larry Klein, is known for his works with Joni Mitchell. My One and Only Thrill 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 1.5 million copies worldwide.

A deluxe edition was released in November 2009, which consists of a digipak 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]

Composition[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.[3] 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 debuted at number 42 on the US Billboard 200 with 11,000 copies sold in its first week, earning Gardot her highest-peaking album on the chart (until The Absence reached number 33 in 2012), as well as her best sales week.[17][18] By April 2010, the album had sold 117,000 copies in the United States.[19] The album debuted at number 40 on the UK Albums Chart for the week ending March 28, 2009,[20] eventually peaking at number 12 in late May 2009.[21] It was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on July 22, 2013, denoting shipments in excess of 100,000 copies.[22]

The album was successful across continental Europe, where it reached number one in Sweden, as well as the top five in Belgium's Wallonia region, France, Germany, and Norway, the top 10 in Denmark, and the top 20 in Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland.[23][24] As of April 2015, My One and Only Thrill had sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.[25]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Melody Gardot, except where 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) 3:13
12. "If the Stars Were Mine" (Orchestral Version) 4:33

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[66] Gold 35,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[67] Gold 15,000^
France (SNEP)[68] 2× Platinum 270,000[19]
Germany (BVMI)[69] Platinum 200,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[70] Gold 7,500^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[71] Gold 7,500^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[72] Platinum 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[73] Platinum 20,000*
Sweden (GLF)[74] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[75] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

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