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Madeleine Peyroux: Careless Love
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Madeleine Peyroux received rave reviews for her 1996 debut album Dreamland, particularly for her smoky, Billie Holiday-influenced vocals. Eight years later, she’s finally back with her second album, and it finds her stretching out a bit musically – along with covering vintage chestnuts from the likes of W.C. Handy, Hank Williams and Gene Austin, she masterfully interprets songs from more modern songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Elliott Smith. And even with all the impressive covers, she contributes one of the album’s highlights: “Don’t Wait Too Long,” a bluesy roots-pop tune she co-wrote with Norah Jones band member Jesse Harris and producer Larry Klein. The album features tastefully understated production, and her vocal style remains as intoxicating as ever. 8/26/2004 - Don Yates
Other Madeleine Peyroux album reviews:

Dreamland - 9/15/1996