Artist: Madeleine Peyroux
Title: Half the Perfect World
Year of Release: September 12, 2006 (new release)
Record Label: Rounder / Umgd
Madeleine Peyroux was originally recommended to me by WardsWeb through his review of “Careless Love”, which is a wonderful CD. Currently, I own everything that’s out there by Madeleine Peyroux’s. I just love her voice, style and her back-up band.
This new effort Half the Perfect World, by Miss Peyroux takes her music to another level an inspirational marvelous Jazz CD. I simply love it.
1). I’m All right ~ Bouncy, Funny and excellent organ accompaniment.
2). The Summer Wind ~ Lovely, Heartfelt and sublime.
3). Blue Alert ~ Wonderfully sung and her back-up band is beautiful in this song.
4). Everybody’s Talkin’ ~ From ‘Midnight Cowboy’. An excellent cover. I loved it much ore than the original.
5). River (duet featuring k.d. lang) ~ Amazingly beautiful voices. I’ve always loved k.d. lang but she shines even brighter with Madeleine Peyroux voice. Just stunning.
6). A Little Bit – Mellow and Sweet.
7). Once in a While – Soft and Cool
8). (Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night ~ Covered sweetly by Miss Peyroux
9). Half the Perfect World ~ Title song and fully rich is soft and smooth Jazz – in the great ‘Billy Holiday’ style, which Madeleine Peyroux’s voice most reminds me of…
10). La Javanaise ~ Madeleine Peyroux always has one French song she sings on every CD she comes out with. It’s kinda her signature. She sings better than anyone in France. This particular song is my favorite on this CD. Madeleine’s voice is so sweet and lilting OMG it is just dazzling and breath taking all at once.
11). California Rain ~ This CD was recorded at Marketplace studio’s in LA. This song is gorgeous like silky jazz should be.
12). Smile ~ My favorite cover song she has ever done, IMHO. Beautiful… Just Beautiful…
If you have never heard of Madeleine Peyroux and still don’t have any of her CD’s, you simply must go right now, run out and purchase this one right away. IMHO I think it is her best CD yet. Madeleine is my current favorite female singer what a voice. I have listened to this CD non-stop ten times in-a-row and I love her voice as well as her band - every note played… Madeleine Peyroux and band are extremely easy on the ears.
You can’t ask for a higher recommendation than this… ‘Half the Perfect World’ is just that - Perfect!