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Madeleine Peyroux is one of the finest interpretative singers of the early 21st century. She isn't a performer who chases a retro feel, but rather a singer whose technique is rooted in the blues, jazz, and soul music of the pre-rock era. Many rock singers have found idiosyncratic ways to over-sing their material. By comparison, Peyroux under-sings. Here, she and producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) set out to explore the influence of Ray Charles' legendary genre-busting 1962 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, where Charles didn't lean into the obvious trademarks of C&W but imbued the songs with his personal wisdom in R&B, gospel, and blues. Peyroux doesn't cover that album, though several songs ("Bye Bye Love," "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Born to Lose," "You Don't Know Me") are shared between the two. The Blue Room instead takes inspiration from the earlier album's open and accepting philosophy. Randy Newman's "Guilty," Leonard Cohen's "Bird on the Wire," and Warren Zevon's "Desperadoes Under the Eaves" transport from their private environs to Peyroux's playground, where she treats them as her own children.

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Somewhat disappointing

As big of a Peyroux fan as I am, I have to say I was late down by her choices here. I love her sultry voice and recognize the talent, but I like her as a jazz artist not a country/western singer in what comes across as almost an attempt to pay homage to Patsy Cline. I gave 3 stars because of the obvious talent and beauty, but it just was not what I had hoped for in a jazz album.

Too laconic.

I feel like I've heard this before, and it is too sleepy for my tastes. Listen to another new release, Memphis by Boz Skaggs, and you'll find energy in an easygoing voice.


I will always give Madeleine a FIVE star rating as I LOVE her sultry voice, however I too, am disappointed with all these covers. Even though she "owned" her cover of "Smile", I just did not feel the same gutsy renditions on this album. Don't give up!


Born: 1973 in Athens, GA

Genre: Jazz

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

Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux is an acclaimed performer with a dusky, lyrical style and a bent toward covering jazz and blues standards along with her own folky originals. Bursting onto the international scene in the '90s, Peyroux drew favorable comparisons to Billie Holiday. While her intimate sound certainly owes a debt to Holiday, Peyroux has carved out her own distinctive stylistic niche, balancing a modern pop sensibility with a respect for older vocal traditions. Born in Athens, Georgia in 1973,...
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