Bare Bones

  • Record Label: Rounder
  • Release Date: Mar 10, 2009
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Bare Bones is a remarkable work from one of the best artists in vocal jazz.
  2. All sound pretty wonderful in the hands of Peyroux's stealthy, silk-draped vocals, delivered with a winning air of slightly detached mystery.
  3. Bare Bones is a beautifully slow-cooked album that encourages us to look on the bright side. Not a bad message these days.
  4. On her fifth CD, Bare Bones, the Georgia native puts her stamp on all-new material, and weaves an alluring tapestry of sonic elegance, vocal character and lyrical bite.
  5. It is, in other words, a rejection of progression and passage for mood and form. Peyroux mastered such silken aura long ago, and while that may make the album somewhat of a retread, it's a playful one nonetheless.
  6. Mojo
    80
    At her new best, Peyroux sings as elegantly as Peggy Lee and writes lines bearing the downbeat clarity of Leonard Cohen. [Apr 2009, p.98]
  7. There's the odd jarring note but Bare Bones remains a work of high class, deep feeling and, let's not forget, magical singing.
  8. Peyroux's care for her materials never falters.
  9. The smart and emotional material makes for an impressive step away from the retro ghetto.
  10. Peyroux still sounds like Peyroux, only more so. Which isn't a bad thing either.
  11. Predictably, the results are mixed compared to previous efforts--the quality of her performance remains extraordinarily high, but the material is spottier than usual, particularly when Peyroux stretches beyond her comfort zone and into newfound emotional real estate.
  12. Peyroux doesn't need to abandon her trademark loose-limbed style, but she needs to push at the edges of it more.
  13. It all feels tasteful, companionable and often saggingly dull. Perhaps a steelier singer could use this much gauze; for Ms. Peyroux, it’s Vaseline on the camera lens.
  14. Uncut
    60
    Despite some interesting -co-writes with the likes of Walter Becker, it never achieves lift-off. [Apr 2009, p.82]
  15. Q Magazine
    60
    Another way classy set they make. [May 2009, p.118]

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