I got Holly Cole's 'Night' (2012) just this past Christmas, after having it on my "wish list" for over a year; well worth the wait -- and, no doubt, the expense.
I became a fan of the Canadian jazz-pop singer with 1997's 'Dark Dear Heart' and quickly bought up all her other studio output that was available in the States (1992's 'Blame It On My Youth,' 1993's 'Don't Smoke In Bed' and 1995's 'Temptation,' the latter a set of Tom Waits covers); sadly, it seems her albums since then can only be bought here as increasingly pricey imports.
I always liked Cole's distinctive smoky voice, quirky interpretive skills and adventurous taste in material -- all of which are intact on 'Night' (her first album since a self-titled effort she released in 2007). Covers here include "Viva Las Vegas," "I Only Have Eyes for You," the Bond theme "You Only Live Twice," Jacques Brel's "If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)," Danny O'Keefe's "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues," the Poppy Family's "I Thought of You Again," Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind," Captain Beefheart's "Love Lies," Tom Waits' "Walk Away" and "Whistlin' Past the Graveyard" -- an odd mix, but Cole and her band create a seductive and moody late-night vibe that ties these varied tunes together well. I must also mention "You've Got a Secret," a terrific Cole original ("Your eyes tell a story in hazel and green ... You bring with you those demons, for within you they reside").
All in all, I'm glad to finally hear from Cole again, and I hope to collect more of her work from the past decade-and-a-half.