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Album Review

Madeleine Peyroux made a bit of a stir in 1996 due to her voice sounding remarkably close at times to Billie Holiday's. This wide-ranging set features Peyroux singing swing standards, originals and tunes that hint at country and folk music. Her supporting cast, which changes on each selection, includes a restrained James Carter on tenor and bass clarinet, Marc Ribot on dobro and guitar, trumpeter Marcus Printup, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and violinist Regina Carter, among others. A very interesting release which, despite the derivative nature of Peyroux's voice, is full of surprises. Highlights include "Walkin' After Midnight," "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," "La Vie en Rose" and "Muddy Water."

Customer Reviews


I am a huge fan of Madeleine Peyroux. Her CD sits on the shelf right next to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and all the other legends out there. I am only in high school, and I am in love with this CD as well as all the others. Without her music I would have a lot of bad days.

NOT ROCK!!!!!!

iTunes has it in the rock genre, I have no clue as to how they came up with is however good music.

She is Awesome

I object to anyone saying "derivative voice" - no, it is her voice and she is versatile with it. Sometimes she sounds like Billie Holiday and sometimes not. Please listen to the MAGNIFICENT "Was I?" and "La Vie en Rose" and "Dreamland." This woman is a treasure. And "Was I?" is one of the brilliant wicked morning-after songs ever written or performed. This gal has guts and I love her.


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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