192kHz/24-bit, FLAC; DSD64; Universal 7263982 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Canadian singer Holly Cole has long been a hi-fi demo mainstay – I was first introduced to tracks by ‘Horico’ many years ago in Japan! – and there’s no reason why this latest album won’t prove just as popular. To say that this first studio album for half a decade is business as usual is certainly no criticism. Indeed, Cole has a winning way with standards, always bringing something fresh, and her voice sounds as relaxed, smoky and persuasive as ever. Take a listen to her simple but lush take on ‘Teach Me Tonight’, or the peppy reading of ‘I’ve Got A World That Swings’, and it’s clear she’s very much on top form. With musicians both familiar and new, including original trio pianist Aaron Davis and bassist David Piltch, she also duets on two tracks with Wycliffe Gordon. Auditioned here in PCM, rather than DSD guise, the recording isn’t the most dynamic you’ll ever hear, but it’s still hugely enjoyable throughout. AE
Sound Quality: 85%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
‘2xHD’ mastering process aside, tracks 2, 5 and 9 (recorded in Noble Street Studios, Toronto) contain rather more ultrasonic treble on the percussion feed than those recorded at Sear Sound, NYC. Otherwise it’s clean with ‘analogue’ noise only. PM
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