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Is jazz singer Melody Gardot a modern hippie? Well, she describes herself as a “citizen of the world”, believes in music as therapy for pain and strikes a sultry pose on the cover of The Absence. Maybe? Musically, Gardot is fairly eclectic in her songwriting and delivery – never quite repeating the formula from song to song – a quality to be admired.
Though rooted in jazz philosophy, Gardot’s songs embraces a variety of styles with great emphasis on her pleasing vocalizing of passionate lyrics. “Amalia” has obvious African roots (world music!) and finds Gardot snaking through the labyrinth of poly-rhythms to soothe souls. The oddly titled “So We Meet Again My Heartache” is a French-themed ditty driven by a deft nylon guitar and romantic strings. Not forgetting the spicy opening track – “Mira” – armed with Latin flavour, double bass, sympathetic woodwinds and lush orchestration. If you love sophisticated easy-listening, then look no further than the lovely Melody Gardot!