Smokey-voiced chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux's third CD is a lovely collection ...
of after-hours ruminations and should confirm her rise to fame. Credit producer Larry Klein for doing a bang-up job with the album's sound: the elegant, pared-down arrangements are all brushed drums, acoustic guitars, and cool organ licks. But of course it's Peyroux's voice that brings it all home--preferably one where the shades are drawn, embers are smoldering in the fireplace, and the white wine is kept dry. Two-thirds of the songs are well-chosen covers, including a duet with k.d. lang on Joni Mitchell's "River"; a relaxed version of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'," from Midnight Cowboy; a delicately lilting samba take on Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas's title track; Serge Gainsbourg's "La Javanaise," performed in the original French; and Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," from Modern Times. The four originals, all coauthored by Peyroux, easily keep up with such august company, especially "I'm All Right"--written with Klein and Walter Becker, it captures the easy sophistication of Becker's regular band, Steely Dan. Fans of Norah Jones (whose collaborator Jesse Harris cowrote three of the songs) should gobble up this album, but Peyroux is no mere imitator: She's her own, very real thing.
by Elisabeth Vincentelli for Amazon.com
Madeleine Peyroux is back
Described as "a thing of late night beauty" by The Times, Madeleine returns with an amazing new album, 'Half The Perfect World', packed with brand new songs and well known hits.
'Half the Perfect World' focuses on artists and writers from Madeleine's lifetime, including Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Fred Neil & Joni Mitchell, and features a stunning duet with K.D. Lang.
The new album is beautifully produced by Larry Klein, as was Madeleine's previous album 'Careless Love', which has sold more than a million copies worldwide. This new record serves as both a complement and a contrast to 'Careless Love'.
"This record is different from Careless Love in the sense that there's a unison of joy on it," Peyroux says of the new album. "It's pushing certain boundaries for me".
From TIME magazine (8/28/2006)