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Madeleine Peyroux parece una artista de mayor edad que la que realmente tiene.

A pesar de que sólo está en sus primeros 30 años, su música y el sonido de su voz es como si perteneciera a generaciones anteriores.

Para su nuevo álbum, “Half The Perfect World”, muestra el núcleo emocional de canciones de otros artistas que admiraba, además de manifestar su talento compositivo en cuatro canciones co-escritas, manteniendo el eje en el romanticismo.

El disco es algo menos pesado en cuánto a las influencias de Billie Holiday que su anterior “Careless Love”, pero más intrigante en la selección de canciones.

Peyroux aborda las canciones de amor que ama, llevándolas a través de lecturas de atemporal jazz.

“The Summer Wind” de Johnny Mercer, “Blue Alert” de Leonard Cohen, “River” de Joni Mitchell , “Everybody’s Talkin’ ” de Fred Neil , “(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night” de Tom Waits, “La Javanaise ” de Serge Gainsburg, y “Smile ” de Charlie Chaplin.

El álbum evoca imágenes de humosos bares, con música levantada de tomas de alguna feel-good movie americana, cepillos golpeando la batería, apenas rozando su piel, luminosas y ricas guitarras, y contrabajos en lugar de los eléctricos.

Un agradable deambular por territorio familiar.

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Madeleine Peyroux comes across as an artist older than her years.

Even though she is only in her early 30’s, her music and voice sound like they belong to the previous generation.

The fact that Peyroux’s voice absolutely reeked of her Billie Holiday influences somewhat tarnished that breakthrough album “Careless Love”.

For her new album, “Half The Perfect World”, she showcases the emotional core of songs by other singers and songwriters she’s admired, and also displays her talents as a writer on four songs she co-wrote, keeping a distinctly romantic edge.

The CD is slightly less heavy on the Holiday-isms but more intriguing in the song selection.

For Peyroux tackles the love songs she loves, treating them to timelessly jazzy readings.

Given the makeover are Johnny Mercer’s “The Summer Wind”, Leonard Cohen’s “Blue Alert”, Joni Mitchell’s “River”, Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin'”, Tom Waits’s “(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night”, Serge Gainsburg’s “La Javanaise” and Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”.

The album conjures in the mind imagery of smoky bars, music lifted from the screen of an American feelgood movie. Drums are always light brushes, barely touching the skins, guitars light and fruity, clearly a double bass rather than an electric.

No cutting edges are approached, no taboos challenged, but it is a pleasant amble through familiar territory.

writen by Musicology

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