Bare Bones (2009)
|Artist: Madeleine Peyroux|
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|Introspective, pensive, and contemplative are a few of the adjectives that come to mind when describing Bare Bones, Madeleine Peyroux's third album for Rounder. But don't be fooled by the title, the music is not "stripped to the bone," quite the contrary. The music is lush, like falling into a down comforter, enveloping the senses with warmth.|
Bare Bones marks Madeleine's first album of all original material, revealing a songwriter who is fully coming into her own. Well crafted, thoughtful and deeply satisfying songs from the heart dealing with loss, the big questions in life and ultimately the possibility that hope does spring eternal.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Madeleine Peyroux (vocals, acoustic guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, clarinet); Carla Kihlstedt (violin, trumpet); Larry Goldings (organ, pump organ); Larry Klein (pump organ, percussion); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums, percussion); Rebecca Pidgeon, Luciana Souza (background vocals).|
|Audio Mixer: Helix Hadar.|
|Recording information: Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Market Street, Santa Monica, CA.|
|Author: Madeleine Peyroux.|
|Photographer: James Minchin.|
Producer: Larry Klein; Larry Klein
Engineer: Helik Hadar
|Jazz Vocalists: Hear & Now|
|Sunny Side Of The Street|
|Note Of Hope:celebration Of Woody Gut|
|Rainer Ptacek Tribute:inner Flame|
|Npr Discover Songs:new Jazz Divas|
|Rounder Records 40Th Anniversary Con|
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 03/10/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : 1166132722A|
|Label : Rounder Select|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00011661327221|
- "[I]t's interesting to hear that Victrola voice meet a more contemporary sensibility....[With] smart and emotional material." -- Grade: B
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Peyroux still sings in dark colors, but she makes a conscious attempt to rise above mere melancholy with her lyrics and vocals."
- "[The] pleasure -- from the lonely chamber folk of 'Our Lady of Pigalle' to the sweetly barren jazz of 'Somethin' Grand' -- is all ours as Peyroux wheedles and piques the most from every lyrical phrase."
- "Peyroux's voice continues to be the main attraction...it's mood now varies more widely, expanding the breadth of its emotional shading..."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he sings with deeper warmth and presence than ever before....With measured words balanced by easy, glowing grooves filled with Hammond, fiddle and her own sweet-spot acoustic rhythm."
- "Peyroux crosses over into full-fledged-songwriter terrain, penning or co-authoring all 11 tracks....The quality of her performance remains extraordinarily high..."
Madeleine Peyroux doesn't simply interpret songs, she possesses them...and vice versa.
Madeleine Peyroux is either an old soul or was "born with it" (depending on one's theory about the flashpoint of artistry); that became apparent in 1996, with the release of her debut album, Dreamland, a remarkably knowing work in which the then-22-year-old singer brought commensurate insightfulness to material associated with Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Patsy Cline. Her decision to cover Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" reflected the decade that the Georgia-born Peyroux had spent living in Paris, from ages 13 to 22. In the ten years since then, she has brought a wealth of life experience to her natural affinities, first manifested on the long-in-coming sophomore album Careless Love and brought to fruition on Peyroux's new album Half the Perfect World.
Half the Perfect World, once again impeccably produced by Larry Klein, serves as both complement and counterpoint to its predecessor, 2004's Careless Love, which drew raves across the board and sold more than a million copies worldwide. "This record is different from Careless Love in the sense that there's a unison of joy on it," Peyroux says of the new album. "It's pushing certain boundaries for me."
Whereas much of her earlier work drew on writers and singers from the first half of the twentieth century, the bulk of Half the Perfect World focuses on artists and writers from the lifetime of the 32-year-old artist, including Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Fred Neil and Joni Mitchell. Peyroux's knack for choosing the perfect song is again key to the album's emotional impact, but her continued growth as a songwriter is equally important, and the new album's four original tunes more than hold their own, raising the groove quotient in the process. Peyroux, Larry Klein and Steely Dan's Walter Becker collaborated to write the album's opening track, the wonderfully catchy "I'm All Right." The album's other original songs reunite the writing team of Peyroux, Jesse Harris and Larry Klein (who penned the single "Don't Wait Too Long" on Careless Love). Rounding out the new album are Peyroux's interpretations of standards from Johnny Mercer, Charlie Chaplin and Serge Gainsbourg.