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Madeleine Peyroux
CARELESS LOVE
(Rounder)

Much has been made of Madeleine Peyrouxís vocal similarities to Billie Holiday, and she doesnít do much to mask that perception on Careless Love, her eight-years-in-coming second album. But the American-born, Paris-raised singer has her own instinctive feeling for pacing and texture that elevates her above mere mimicry, and Careless Love resonates with deeply felt torch balladry and bluesy laments that never fail to hit their mark ó the heart.

Although by no means a flop, her debut, Dreamland, was well ahead of the after-hours, smoky-voiced chanteuse revival popularized by Norah Jones and Diana Krall, and Careless Love finds Peyroux collaborating with Jones cohort Jesse Harris. Their "Donít Wait Too Long" is a timeless-sounding swing number thatís easily of a piece with the albumís more well-known compositions. Peyroux adds a sensual lilt to Leonard Cohenís dirge-y "Dance Me of Love"; her lithesome spin on Dylanís "Youíre Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" whispers its tear-stained sentiments; and her interpretation of Elliott Smithís "Between the Bars," with its spare-to-the-bone arrangement, is harrowing. A cover of Josephine Bakerís "Jíai deux amours" ("I Have Two Loves") is especially poignant given that when Baker sang it during World War II, the song symbolized the alliance between France and the US ó an alliance that, like the other relationships that Peyroux portrays on Careless Love, is in the midst of a quiet storm.

BY ELIOT WILDER


Issue Date: September 3 - 9, 2004
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