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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TURN OFF THE PHONE - OPEN UP ANOTHER BOTTLE
This album features original compositions mainly co-written by the wistful, bluesy, sleepy-time-down-south voiced Madeleine Peyroux. Brim-full of wist, it offers no great stylistic surprises but it's still a fascinating album.

Peyroux can produce wonderful studio tracks but is said to be variable in live performance. I suspect this is because she's a private...
Published on 27 April 2009 by Jim Brooks

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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid, standard jazz album
Whilst this album offers something of a departure from Peyroux sounding like a Billie Holiday cone it is fairly one track and fails to stir the senses beyond the feeling laden, "Love and Treachery." Bare Bones is the kind of record that quickly disappears towards the back of your shelf to collect dust.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TURN OFF THE PHONE - OPEN UP ANOTHER BOTTLE, 27 April 2009
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Jim Brooks (Aberdeen, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This album features original compositions mainly co-written by the wistful, bluesy, sleepy-time-down-south voiced Madeleine Peyroux. Brim-full of wist, it offers no great stylistic surprises but it's still a fascinating album.

Peyroux can produce wonderful studio tracks but is said to be variable in live performance. I suspect this is because she's a private lady, uncomfortable in the limelight, and she wants to keep things that way. Even the album presentation - full lyrics accompanied by lots of shadowy pics of the diva preserves the effect of viewing Peyroux through a glass darkly, and it's this dark side that gives the album its edge. The melodies may be insinuatingly lovely, but the lyrics are often bleak. "I should have been a pair of ragged claws", "But for your love and treachery there's nothing left to fear" She has a folksy side, but the blues are never far away. Peyroux's musicians are marvellously in tune with her interpretations; the backings are perfection

I have to say that that I was wary of the album before I heard it. Part of me expected an unexceptional ego trip. I couldn't have been more wrong. This is a terrific album, instantly likeable but with depth. I'm gonna take Madeleine's advice and "...turn off the telephone, open up another bottle, send those people home..." and enjoy this album, again and again.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Business as usual, 30 Mar 2009
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Leonardo27 (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Aside from the fact that, for the first time, all the songs have been written or co-written by Madeleine herself it's pretty much business as usual here. No surprises or departures in style, just that familiar silky, fragile and delicious jazz voice wrapping itself around eleven new tunes co-written mostly with producer Larry Klein and also the likes of Steely Dan's Walter Becker.

Like a lazy flowing river on a still summer day the album drifts from beginning to end with nary a change of pace - the jaunty Becker/Klein collaboration "You Can't Do Me" as up-tempo as things get, Becker continuing his personal infatuation with the reggae-tinged arrangements that characterised his recent solo album. To his credit he clearly didn't keep his best songs for himself, the track bettering anything to be found on "Circus Money" (the same is true of his other contribution, the album's title track). To be honest, Peyroux never sounds entirely convincing delivering some brilliantly Dan-esque lyrics such as "Blewed like a Mississippi sharecropper, screwed like a high school cheerleader, tattooed like a popeyed sailorman - gone, gone, gone" but it's a small quibble. Where's Donald Fagen when you need him?

Only the plodding "Damn the Circumstances" fails to fully engage the senses, whilst Madeleine's own "I Must Be Saved" reveals a songwriting talent that bodes well for future projects. On top of that, "River of Tears" sounds like the musical lovechild of Klein and his former missus, Joni Mitchell. Praise indeed.

Beautiful though it undoubtedly is, the overall effect across eleven tracks leans dangerously towards the soporific. Still, for those in the know it's likely to be THE essential dinner party soundtrack for the forseeable future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barebones, Madeleine Peyroux - Baring her soul..., 20 Jan 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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Madeleine Peyroux's fourth album is a bit of a departure from her previous work in that for the first time she really starts to trust her own songwriting ability rather than reinterpreting other people's work. Her three previous albums (Dreamland, Careless Love and Half A Perfect World) were made up mainly of covers, of everything from Johnny Mercer to Leonard Cohen. They were superb and well worth a listen.

So, how does her own material fare in copmparison? Well, manages to stand up by itself. The songs are well written tales of love, loss and heartache with some lovely lyrics and simple yet effective backing. The style and tone is unchanged, a bluesey, jazzy sound with a voice that bears favourable comparison to Billie Holliday. The backing arrangements are spare and unobtrusive, putting the beautiful voice with its tales to tell at the centre of the stage.

It's a beautiful slow album that will burn to your souls. Highly recommended, as are all of Peyroux's earlier albums)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 23 Sep 2010
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D. F. Beeton (Southampton, England) - See all my reviews
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Another superbly crafted album from Madeleine Peyroux. This shows an immense maturity and subtlety. Almost darker in tone but still with the achingly beautiful vocals that we have grown to love and admire. Billie Holiday reincarnate. A jazz classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great record from a great artist, 12 Feb 2010
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Joao Monteiro (Coimbra, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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Like all the previous works from Madeleine Peyroux it was a great pleasure to hear her new record. Simply fantastic...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 21 May 2009
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Seren Ade (UK) - See all my reviews
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This latest offering from Madeline Peyroux is a joy to play.

Smooth, relaxed jazz with trademark smoky-voiced lyrics. Bare Bones is braver than previous Peyroux offerings in that it presents all-new material instead of blending new tracks with interpretations of standards... and doesn't suffer for this in any respect.

An ideal album for a relaxing summer's evening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Listening, 21 May 2009
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S. Holt "Intellectual Bookworm" (Kiddermiinster, UK) - See all my reviews
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Very laid back easy listening cum jazz cum French music. Not as good as her previous album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Madelaine Peyroux, 20 May 2009
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The most lovely voice transporting you back in time to the era of the great Billie Holiday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Progress, 18 May 2009
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Travers Ellison (UK) - See all my reviews
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This album represents new territory for Madeleine. Her recent tour of the UK showed how she has progessed using her fine voice to full potential. Purchasers of this album won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Choice, 18 May 2009
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An excellent and varied album, which holds your attention from beginning to end, and with some real jewels like 'My Lady of Pigalle'. It is an album of 'moods' and the listener will be enthralled by how easily one piece leads on to the next.Certainly an album to be played when you are looking for a relaxed and easy going evening, but with some rather poignant messages to reflect upon. Although with a tag of jazz, this music is widely removed from the rather frenetic music that this tag conjures up, full of melody and easy on the ear.
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