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Half the Perfect World

Label: Rounder Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: I'm Alright; The Summer Wind; Blue Alert; Everybody's Talkin'; River; A Little Bit; Once In a While; (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night; Half the Perfect World; La Javanaise; California Rain; Smile.

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Madeleine Peyroux: Half the Perfect World

Read "Half the Perfect World" reviewed by Aaron Basiliere

On Half the Perfect World, southern-born chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux follows in the footsteps of the collaborative Got You On My Mind (Waking Up, 2004), creating a pleasant medley of jazz, blues, and pop. With her backing band and Billy Holiday-inspired vocals, Peyroux crafts her own renditions of songs from the likes of folk-rock heroes Leonard Cohen, ...

Half The Perfect World

Label: Rounder Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: I'm All Right; The Summer Wind; Blue Alert; Everybody's Talkin'; River; A Little Bit; Once In A While; (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night; Half The Perfect World; La Javanaise; California Rain; Smile.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Madeleine Peyroux: Half The Perfect World

Read "Half The Perfect World" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

Madeleine Peyroux confidently walks the line where jazz, country and blues collide--her understated vocals and Billie Holiday-esque phrasing are what pull the disparate elements of her performance together into an engaging pastiche. Peyroux's bailiwick is pop covers with stylized jazz arrangements: On the Leonard Cohen/Anjani Thomas title cut, “Half The Perfect World," her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Madeleine Peyroux: Half The Perfect World

Read "Half The Perfect World" reviewed by Gina Vodegel

Madeleine Peyroux co-wrote four of twelve songs on Half The Perfect World. Leonard Cohen/Anjani Thomas connoisseurs will recognize the title, but not the track itself. Peyroux stripped it from Anjani's stilled elegance and turned it into a soft tropical breeze, a melancholy bossa nova with a sense of longing and desire that makes you wonder whether ...


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