Half The Perfect World
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Half The Perfect World

4 Sep 2006

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  Song Title
I'm All Right
The Summer Wind
Blue Alert
Everybody's Talkin'
River [feat. k.d. lang]
A Little Bit
Once In A While
(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night
Half The Perfect World
La Javanaise
California Rain

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 4 Sep 2006
  • Release Date: 4 Sep 2006
  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Emarcy/ Rounder Records Corp.
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  • Total Length: 48:44
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,560 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The difficult third series 30 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Madeleine Peyroux gained international recognition with her album Careless Love and it was an album that prompted me to buy all her previous work. Coming out with a third album under pressure of such success must be incredibly hard. As much as I really love her style and the mood her music puts you in, I have to say the third album is like the third series of The Office: you want it, but you just know you're going to be disappointed. This lady is passionate about her music and I wonder how much passion has been lost through the pressure of producing more music.

In short, it's a lovely album but just doesn't have the magic of Careless Love for me. That's why I've given it a 4.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational! 18 Sep 2006
By Aaron J
Format:Audio CD
The jazz sensation is back - and quite remarkably, this album is stronger than her previous effort `Careless Love'. A logical progression form her last album, Half The Perfect World retains that effortless jazz sound along with those beautiful smokey vocals, but the standard seems to have been stepped up. The production, the song choice, and the original songs included here all add up to make what is undoubtedly one of the albums of the year.

A huge success with her last album, Half The Perfect World - with tracks like `I'm Alright', `River' and `Smile' - can only see Madeleine Peyroux's already burgeoning reputation grow.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By film fan VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I already owned Madeleine Peyroux's previous album 'Careless Love' and I thought that was a delicious album. Full of beautifully arranged songs sung with dreamy precision by Miss Peyroux. When it comes to this album, on the other hand, Madeleine Peyroux's voice really shines like the morning sun in summertime.

There are some old classic timeless songs given a new and exciting slant thanks to the glorious sound coming from this nightingale's mouth. Madeleine Peyroux seems to give these songs on this album her own style and it works extremely well. Take "Everybody's Talkin'" for example. A classic song by Nilsson. She gives it a new twist and it works beautifully. It's the same song but it's sung in a different style. She makes it her own.

I don't really have a single favourite track on this delicious album. All the tracks are wonderfully arranged and put together. There's one song on this album which is a duet with kd lang and it's called 'River'. It's a lovely and tranquil song. In fact all the songs on this album are tranquil and chilled.

Madeleine Peyroux's voice fits these songs like a velvet glove. I would have to say that this album is Madeleine Peyroux's finest moment. She has produced quality songs that, in her own laid-back and chilled style, have been given a new lease of life. If you haven't heard of Madeleine Peyroux, buy this album and you'll see what all the fuss is about. And also get her previous album 'Careless Love', because that is also worth checking out.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Just when you thought she could not do better Madeleine pulls this one out of the bag.

It's a departure from the normal formula but takes her voices places you would not expect.

Ms. Peyroux and the band are, as always , superb and the production values so exceptional, they jump out of the speakers!

This lovely mix of material combined with her voice transport to a magical place where you are completely relaxed and de-stressed.

If you worship music that is stylish and sultry, and you love distinctive,brilliant vocals then this beautifully crafted product is for you.

A great CD for all to discover and savour slowly like an addictive bitter-sweet poison..!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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After an eight year wait between her first and second albums (Dreamland and Careless Love), chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux only made us wait a further two years for this, her third album.

Again the tone is slow burning blues with a distinct jazz flavour. Peyroux has taken some well chosen covers and a few well written originals to produce an album of smouldering intensity, with tales of love and loss. Peyroux has a beautiful voice, with a timbre and phrasing that invites favourable comparisons with Billie Holliday. Immense care has gone into the recordings, every note sung or played is carefully and thoughtfully done. The backing is light and respectful, giving Peyroux's fine voice centre stage. It is a fine piece of work.

It is an excellent album for those quiet moments alone with a bottle of wine and that special someone. Highly recommended.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but over-hyped 31 Oct 2006
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This is a good album but her earlier 2 were exceptional. They were sparse and let the music out but this one is more conventional, easy listening and over-produced for my taste.

I like it but this will never be one of my favourites - nothing as original as her interpretions on the first two albums and far too many instruments.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough 27 Nov 2006
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I thought Careless Love was excellent, bought the first album on the strength of that and liked some tracks but some I just switched off to, and bought this latest on the basis of the average experience of the two... To my ears, there are some fine songs here, ably performed but as a whole the album does not (after 3-4 listens anyway) deliver what Careless Love does.

I don't suppose there are many people out there who like Peyroux and also like early Tom Waits but if you know the original Saturday Night then listening to Peyroux's version is like listening to Rolf Harris doing Stairway to Heaven.

I'm sticking it on iTunes and the iPod and I'll give it the ultimate benefit-of-the-doubt test which is to stick anything questionable on the car stacker and play it at least ten times over the next month. It's not a hi-fi experience (10-speaker Bose though) but it's immersive and if that doesn't work for me nothing will.

Three stars seems a little harsh as I can't put my finger on anything specific but Careless Love is a genuine 5-star and I simply can't see this being picked off the shelf anywhere near as often.

Same story with Norah Jones' second, but that's another review...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect C.D.
I'm so glad someone told me about Madeleine Peyroux.She is superb.Words are thought- provoking,music couldn't be better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mrs. Cairine Mackay
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best
Some nice tracks but not Madeleine's best. Still a great artist though and will keep collecting her work as available.
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth J. Sayers
5.0 out of 5 stars Half the Perfect World
Typically Madeleine Peyroux, gently lyrical jazz. CD arrived on time and I downloaded the MP3 version to the laptop. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. M. Nethercoat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent effort
For me, the highlights of this wonderfully relaxing album are Half the Perfect World and Once in a While. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly and good product
Does what it says on the tin! If you like Madeleine then you will be very satisfied with this product.
Published 13 months ago by Brian Farley
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Sorry, but I can't share the enthusiasm most reviewers have shown for this album. One cracking track - Leonard Cohen's "Blue Alert"- a few OK ones (the opener, the title track &... Read more
Published 17 months ago by oldhasbeen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive album
I learned about Madeleine Peyroux in a rather circuitous route by searching using a "similar style to...." criteria. Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Aremess
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, but fantastic
Sad melodies, good versions, a good company for those days having a cup of tea when it is raining heavily outside. Good memories of London. I like it so much, highly recommendable.
Published on 13 July 2011 by booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars Recently Discovered Joy
Probably not the world's greatest singer but a ver enjoyable listen. Great to see in person as I did a year or so ago in Melbourne.
Published on 17 May 2011 by golferjohn
5.0 out of 5 stars great sound
THis CD is a great production with catchy but calming melodies, a unique voice and great musicians. Worth buying it!
Published on 14 April 2011 by att
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