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Good Art

Gifted as she is Madeleine Peyroux always has something to bring to any song that she presents. True, she gained fame with the classic, smokey and sultry jazz sound of Billie Holiday. So not surprisingly her legion of fans want more of what works, and make no mistake, that works. But to write off Standing on the Rooftop merely because it does not comfortably mimic her past is to miss out on some very high art indeed. Like all great art, this album is destined to get better with age as it works its way into our consciousness. There are a great many treasures to be found here, not least in the development of Madeleine's voice and the way that she chooses to communicate here. While surprising initially, much of the accompaniment is just downright interesting. The entire creativity of the album will hold your attention. And it is this creativity and yes, that voice, which will bring you back to these songs over and over again.


Born: 1973 in Athens, GA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux can best be thought of as a Billie Holiday for the 1990s. Like Holiday, Peyroux was marketed as a jazz singer, when what she seems to do best is sing blues music. Though Peyroux may remind some listeners of Holiday, there are differences; she has her own sense of phrasing and interpretation. Her 1996 Atlantic Records debut, Dreamland, is a brilliant recording, as Peyroux's distinctive voice is not hindered by overly intricate arrangements. Most of the accompaniment on the...
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