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The third album in four years from song interpreter extraordinaire Madeleine Peyroux, Bare Bones is both an extension of the currents of 2004’s Careless Love and 2006’s Half the Perfect World and a bold step into previously unexplored psychological terrain. Produced, like its two predecessors, by Larry Klein, this fluid and enthralling new work, is Peyroux’s most personal ... Read more in Amazon's Madeleine Peyroux Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B008Y8Z52S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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1. Martha, My Dear 2. The Kind You Can't Afford 3. The Things I'Ve Seen Today 4. Fickle Dove 5. Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love 6. Standing On The Rooftop 7. I Threw It Away 8. Love In Vain 9. Don't Pick A Fight With A Poet 10. Meet Me In Rio 11. Ophelia 12. The Way Of All Things

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. Bruce on 11 July 2011
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Funny old album, I saw Madeleine years ago when she was busking in Paris - there was a magic offbeat quality that had slightly sliped away on her albums BUT this shows signs off a getting that spirit back while still showing off that wonderful voice. Love in Vain is a superb version...... The only thing she needs to tighten up on is the the standard of her song writing. It's nice to hear/see a talented young(ish) singer doing it the way they want to. Listen with an open mind and you'll be pleasently surprised
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lonniej on 26 Sept. 2011
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Oh dear. By the sound of some of these reviews I might think that Peyroux was on a downward spiral. Nothing like. This CD is intelligent, inventive and has variety. For me, Peyroux has improved with each issue. I can impress my blues-rock friends with 'The Kind You Can't Afford', my sentimental ones with 'Lay Your Sleeping Head'. She creates something new with 'Love In Vain' and 'I Threw It All Away' and her own songs are up to Bare Bones standard. What's more, the production and sound are top quality. 'Don't Pick A Fight With A Poet'. Good advice. One caveat (and I agree with some of the grumps) - it was a mistake to start with 'Martha My Dear'. It won't catch the ears of the uncommitted.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By pinkjazz on 5 July 2011
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In 2009, Madeleine Peyroux issued "Bare Bones", her first recording of all-original material with producer Larry Klein and a small group of jazz musicians and co-composers.
"Standing on the Rooftop" is her debut recording for Decca with producer Craig Street.
The group of players here is a diverse lot: drummer Charlie Drayton, guitarists Christopher Bruce and Marc Ribot, bassist Me'Shell Ndegeocello; John Kirby, Glenn Patscha, and Patrick Warren alternate on keyboards, percussionist Mauro Refosco, violinist Jenny Scheinman, and Allen Toussaint guests on piano.
The program is richly and elegantly painted with modern production touches even as its songs are rooted in the historical past of classic Americana: pop songs, blues, jazz, and sitting room tunes.
It includes eight originals and four covers, among them a poem by W.H. Auden set to music by Ribot entitled "Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love". The music is summery and laid-back.
The languid parlor-room reading of "Martha My Dear" by Lennon & McCartney has a deliberate old-timey feel and twins well with "Fickle Dove" (one of two Peyroux tunes written with Scheinman). Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain", with its strange pump organ backdrop and studio echo, indulges the kinds of production tricks Tom Waits might employ in disguising a blues. That said, this song too has a twin of sorts in the sonically similar title track; a clattering rag blues with ambient electronics held in check by Peyroux's elegantly earthy vocal. Ribot's acoustic guitar and Toussaint's upright on the Auden poem give the singer a perfectly loose frame to create a song inside.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Buckland on 31 Aug. 2011
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This got a pretty good write-up in the Guardian, who are not easily impressed. So, being gullible, I bought it. It starts with a cover version of 'Martha my dear', a well-known McCartney vehicle. You wonder why people do cover versions of Beatles songs, as they are so hard to better. Unfortuntely, Madeleine not only fails to add anything to it, but you wonder at one point if she is even going to carry it. Will she reach the high notes in the middle eight? 'Hold your head up you silly girl, see what you've done....' Instead, the second number would have been a much better opener, as it is fairly up-tempo with a lovely sinewous guitar throughout. The disc then opens out into a nice gentle groove of a new take on bluesy popular music. She even does a very eerie version of Robert Johnson's Love in Vain. Throughout, her voice has the vulnerability of Peggy Lee. However, although most of the songs are partly self-penned, she does not sound as if she really takes command of them.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo27 on 5 July 2011
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Bravely, if cautiously, stepping out of her comfort zone Madeleine Peyroux's latest album is something of a schizophrenic affair. It works best on those tracks where she dares to be different; less so on the more familiar straight jazz-vocal arrangements, where by and large the songs themselves are not sufficiently noteworthy to jostle for position with better examples from her back catalogue.

But where it's good, it's very good. A dark, sinister and avant-garde reading of Robert Johnson's "Love In Vain" is as effective as it is surprising; we're deep in Robin Holcomb territory here. Similarly, the title track - all stuttering, staccato guitars and a vocal hinting at hidden menace - is enthralling. Further unexpected pleasures arrive in the form of "The Kind You Can't Afford", a stylish collaboration with Bill Wyman, whilst an insistent guitar riff and a fine guitar solo lift "The Things I've Seen Today" out of the ordinary.

Elsewhere, though, there's a sense of déjà vu on a number of tracks; all impeccably performed in Madeleine's highly distinctive style but too many lacking that real killer spark. Fifteen tracks long, the album as a whole might have benefited from jettisoning two or three of these.

There are some really top-notch players on board here, including New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint and Tom Waits' guitar lieutenant Marc Ribot, who add their own recognisable gloss to the proceedings.

But it's the experimental stuff that opens the door to some fascinating future possibilities. At the moment, the artist appears at the crossroads (Robert Johnson would have understood!); to the right, the familiar comfortable and well-trodden jazz vocal path; to the left, a musical Twilight Zone. Which way will she go?
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