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TURN OFF THE PHONE - OPEN UP ANOTHER BOTTLE,
This review is from: Bare Bones (Audio CD)
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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.