I first heard Madam playing a sparse live set, the guitar and cello accompaniment was enough to convince me of the beauty of Sukie Smith's voice and songwriting. The recorded album is considerably more lavishly arranged but maintains something of the delicacy and vulnerability of the versions I heard first.
There seems to be quite a range of musicians and producers accross the album but it feels consistently rich and textured in a way that supports the central vocal. I think my own highlight in the production is "Dirty That Makes Me" the way the drums come in from nowhere hits me every time. The whole thing has a great sound.
Overall, the experience really is lovely, but the real beauty comes in the songs themselves, there's quite a lot there and I've got a feeling it's going to reward repeat listens for quite a while.