Peyroux, under the producing guide of Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, a.o) steers us through a world of beautiful songs that bring instant warmth. Listen, and we hope that you agree that Peyroux has earned the status as this years great discovery and by the end of 2005, you would have gladly introduced many friends to this immaculate, charming & critically acclaimed album.
When Madeleine Peyroux's debut, Dreamland
, was released in 1996, its success threw her for a loop. She's taken eight years to create this follow-up, and, at age 30, she brings a confidence and resilience to this dozen-song set. She's able to move seamlessly between songs by writers as diverse as Elliott Smith and W.C. Handy, whose title track was popularized by Bessie Smith. Though American-born, Peyroux absorbed the language and culture of France growing up in Paris with her French-teacher mother. On her debut, she covered Edith Piaf, and this time out she wraps herself around "J'ai Deux Amours," which Josephine Baker sang to the Allied troops during World War II. --David Greenberger