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Last updated Sep 23, 2006
Half the Pefect World
Released in US on Sept. 12, 2006
UK release, Nov. 6, 2006
Rounder Records
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| I'm All Right
| The Summer Wind
| Blue Alert
| Everybody's Talking
| River (with K.D. Lang)
| All I Need Is A Little Bit
| Once In A While
| (Looking For) The Heart Of
       Saturday Night
| Half The Perfect World
| La Javanaise
| California Rain
| Smile
| I Think It's Going to Rain
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Madeleine Peyroux — Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Dean Parks — Guitars
David Piltch — Bass
Jay Bellerose — Drummer
Scott Amendola — Drums
Sam Yahel — Keyboards
plus
Gary Foster — Saxophonist
Greg Leisz — Pedal Steel
Till Bronner — Trumpet
Larry Goldings — Celeste

The album is full of sublime moments.
  • Sung by a woman from a man’s point of view, "Blue Alert" (written by Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas) is psychologically complex and erotically charged. This intertwining of genders "adds a depth to the song that wouldn’t be there otherwise," Madeleine says.
  • The blending of Madeleine’s and k.d. lang’s distinctive voices on "River" puts an entirely new spin on the Joni Mitchell classic.
  • And Madeleine’s vocal on Chaplin’s "Smile" is reflected by Till Bronner’s muted trumpet, forming the musical equivalent of a shadow thrown by a streetlamp.
  • Highlighting two of the album’s songs, the Serge Gainsbourg standard "La Javanaise" and the original composition "Once in a While," are poignant string quartet arrangements courtesy of Mark Orton.

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