The Girl in the Other Room

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The Girl in the Other Room
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Studio album by Diana Krall
Released March 31, 2004 (2004-03-31)
Recorded 2003–04
Studio
Genre Jazz
Length 55:36
Label Verve
Producer
Diana Krall chronology
Live in Paris
(2002)
The Girl in the Other Room
(2004)
Christmas Songs
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Girl in the Other Room is the seventh studio album by Canadian singer Diana Krall, released on March 31, 2004 by Verve Records. In addition to cover versions, it is Krall's first album to include original material, which she co-wrote with her husband Elvis Costello.

Background[edit]

Krall wrote some of the songs for the album with her husband, English musician Elvis Costello. Krall told USA Today that she had wanted to try songwriting before but lacked the confidence. "I started writing when I was a student but didn't really have the confidence to [pursue] lyric-writing in great depth. I've never done anything so personal."

On the Verve Records website, Krall explains the songwriting for the album in more detail: "I wrote the music and then Elvis and I talked about what we wanted to say. I told him stories and wrote pages and pages of reminiscences, descriptions and images, and he put them into tighter lyrical form. For 'Departure Bay,' I wrote down a list of things that I love about home, things I realized were different, even exotic, now that I've been away."

"Departure Bay" is written about her hometown Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island and the first Christmas without her mother and finishes the album. The penultimate song on the album, "I'm Coming Through", is also about the death of her mother.

As well as the songs she co-wrote with Costello, Krall departs from the standards she has sung on previous albums by performing songs by contemporary performers such as Costello, Tom Waits, and Joni Mitchell, as well as a Chris Smither song previously performed by Bonnie Raitt. She also covered Mose Allison's "Stop This World".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stop This World"   Mose Allison 3:59
2. "The Girl in the Other Room"  
4:05
3. "Temptation"   Tom Waits 4:28
4. "Almost Blue"   Costello 4:04
5. "I've Changed My Address"  
  • Costello (lyrics)
  • Krall (lyrics and music)
4:47
6. "Love Me Like a Man"   Chris Smither (adapted by Bonnie Raitt) 5:49
7. "I'm Pulling Through"  
4:03
8. "Black Crow"   Joni Mitchell 4:48
9. "Narrow Daylight"  
  • Costello (lyrics)
  • Krall (lyrics and music)
3:32
10. "Abandoned Masquerade"  
  • Costello (lyrics)
  • Krall (music)
5:11
11. "I'm Coming Through"  
  • Costello (lyrics)
  • Krall (lyrics and music)
5:07
12. "Departure Bay"  
  • Costello (lyrics)
  • Krall (lyrics and music)
5:40

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Girl in the Other Room.[2]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[52] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[53] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[54] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Germany (BVMI)[55] Gold 100,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[56] Gold 10,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[57] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[58] Platinum 70,000*
Portugal (AFP)[59] Gold 20,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[60] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[61] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[62] Gold 500,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[63] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

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