If there was ever a song in need a contemplative, tic-free modernization, it’s this one. Bursting with so much innate sadness, the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” is the very sound of longing. Unfortunately, much of the song’s brilliance is lost in an of-its-time production that trapped the group in a tinny echo chamber.
Diana Krall is here to help. Stripping away all of this song’s most dated elements, with the help of a clean and sensitive approach from producer David Foster, she gives “California Dreamin’” back to itself. Then, after reanimating all of that emotion, she adds a perfectly attenuated piano aside — maybe the only hint here that she’s more than a smokey chanteuse...Read More