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Editors’ Notes

Released eight years after her debut album, Madeleine Peyroux's Careless Love paid off handsomely. Not just in the sales success of Careless Love, her 2004 sophomore release, but in the record's quality. Frequently compared with Billie Holiday - the similarities in voice and delivery are inescapable - Peyroux nonetheless claims her own ground. A mostly acoustic jazz-folk meld, the music here (produced by Larry Klein, veteran of many Joni Mitchell albums) is often charming, matching the singer's qualities on upbeat numbers such as "Don't Wait Too Long" and a sunny read of Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go." Peyroux reaches deeper on Elliott Smith's alcoholic lament "Between the Bars," suggesting that a more pensive set is within her. Listening to Careless Love, it's hard to imagine having to endure another eight-year wait for her third album.

Customer Reviews

Will learn French just so that i can understand one track.

What a beautiful album. Packed with feeling. The music, Madeleine's voice and lyrics mix to comunicate that "it might break my heart but I'm gona jump in anway" decision that anyone who's fallen in and/ or out of love will be hauntingly familier with. Feels like a conversation with a friend about how the things you thought were so good brought about the end of a relationship(s). Moving and restless. This is the pain and joy of love in words and music. I like it - if you hdden't worked that out.

This is my type of jazz

I love this album - since purchased it has been played constantly on my computer, ipod & in the car. If you are like me & like some jazz but have never heard of this lady then take a chance i can't recommend it enough. It's chilled, it's smooth, it's it you won't regret it. Thank you Madeleine - this is heaven to me

Simply a must!

there can be no doubt that Madeleine Peyroux sounds rather similar to Billie Holiday - this ain't no bad thing - her timing, pauses and voice are just so pleasing - i love this album and look forward to the next production - i heard a recording of her live and yes she sounds exactly the same


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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