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Madeleine Peyroux And Melody Gardot, Still Two Of My Favorite Women Singers

August 24, 2009

A few years ago while still living in the Midwest, N and I went into the city (Chicago) to see a performance by Madeleine Peyroux. It was stunning. It made an instant believer (and semi-groupie) out of N who was a tad reluctant to go to the performance in the first place. Once seated he fidgeted and mumbled that it was taking too long for her to come on stage only to be “accosted” by a very young rock warm up group. (It had been a while since he attended a” live” performance.)  The fidgeting and griping continued until Ms. Peyroux stepped on stage and began to sing. Then he was transfixed (and has been ever since).

Now strains of Peyroux’s sultry voice can be heard throughout the house.

I have all her (solo) albums, the first one being Dreamland which was released in 1996, by Atlantic Records and gained widespread attention. 

In September 2004, she released her second solo album, Careless Love, to generally positive reviews. It went on to sell over a million copies worldwide and definitely took her out of anonymity. The album opens with one of her best-known songs, a cover of Leonard Cohen‘s, “Dance Me to the End of Love“; but also includes covers by Bob Dylan (“You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go“), Elliott Smith (“Between The Bars”), Hank Williams (“Weary Blues”), among others.

Her third solo album, Half the Perfect World, was released on September 12, 2006. She collaborated with several artists, including Jesse Harris, Walter Becker, Larry Klein (who also produced the album), and k.d. lang, with whom Peyroux performed a cover of the Joni Mitchell song “River.”  Once again, the songs were carefully chosen, and she sang covers of more contemporary artists. Notable covers include “Blue Alert” and “Half the Perfect World” by Leonard Cohen/Anjani Thomas  (Anjani); “Smile” by Charlie ChaplinJohn Turner and Geoffrey Parsons; a rendition of Serge Gainsbourg‘s “La Javanaise” and Tom Waits‘ “(Looking for) the Heart of Saturday Night”. Unlike her previous album, Half the Perfect World had four original tracks.  Wikipedia

Her fourth solo album, a turning point in Peyroux’s career, with all original tracks, Bare Bones, was released on March 102009Wikipedia.

See my earlier post: “Bluesy” and “Jazzy,” Melody Gardot; Another Fabulous Find

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sara-Anne permalink
    October 19, 2009 5:11 pm

    Well – found you again! I hope this finds you happy and well. I asked Anna if she knew where you were and she told me that you are not a FB fan and pointed me towards your prodigious blog. Wow – that is very impressive.

    Love Sara-Anne

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