Bare Bones - Madeleine Peyroux
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  • Summary: The latest album for the jazz singer from Athens, Georgia was produced by Larry Klein, Joe Henry, and Steely Dan's Walter Becker.
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  1. 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]
  2. Peyroux's care for her materials never falters.
  3. 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.
  4. Bare Bones is a remarkable work from one of the best artists in vocal jazz.
  5. The smart and emotional material makes for an impressive step away from the retro ghetto.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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