Bare Bones

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Madeleine Peyroux's fourth album isn't the normal mix of standards contemporary or traditional with a few songs of her own composing; each of the 11 tracks is a new song written by Peyroux, usually in tandem with producer Larry Klein or a guest. Still, she appears in her usual relaxed setting, with a small group perfectly poised to translate her languorous vocals into perfect accompaniment -- organist Larry Goldings, pianist Jim Beard, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, plus producer Klein on bass, Dean Parks on guitar, and Carla Kihlstedt on violin. Fans of vocal jazz may be disappointed to see that all the songs are new ones -- many a great conversation could consist solely of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Madeleine Peyroux's fourth album isn't the normal mix of standards contemporary or traditional with a few songs of her own composing; each of the 11 tracks is a new song written by Peyroux, usually in tandem with producer Larry Klein or a guest. Still, she appears in her usual relaxed setting, with a small group perfectly poised to translate her languorous vocals into perfect accompaniment -- organist Larry Goldings, pianist Jim Beard, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, plus producer Klein on bass, Dean Parks on guitar, and Carla Kihlstedt on violin. Fans of vocal jazz may be disappointed to see that all the songs are new ones -- many a great conversation could consist solely of the standards she should perform -- but they may regret the disappointment. Peyroux is not only a great interpreter of songs, she also knows how to write in what might be called the old-fashioned way, the type of song with a universal, direct, emotional power that became a rarity during the late 20th century. Also, the help she gets from her co-writers -- Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Klein, and friend Julian Coryell -- is priceless. Becker delivers a pair of special gems, including the title track and a song called "You Can't Do Me" that delivers the priceless cutting wit he perfected with Steely Dan a sample: "You know I get so blue and I go/Down like a deep sea diver, out like a Coltrane tenor man.../Blewed like a Mississippi sharecropper, screwed like a high-school cheerleader". Granted, Peyroux faces an uphill climb by delivering new songs in the same musical context that most listeners hear standards; after all, comparisons to the half-century of American popular song aren't fair, but they certainly come easy. Still, Bare Bones is a remarkable work from one of the best artists in vocal jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661327221
  • Catalog Number: 613272
  • Sales rank: 11,329

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Madeleine Peyroux Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Larry Goldings Organ, Hammond Organ, Pump Organ
Rebecca Pidgeon Background Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Percussion, Drums
Larry Klein Bass, Percussion, Pump Organ
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Clarinet, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hi String
Carla Kihlstedt Trumpet, Violin, Nyckelharpa, Soloist
Luciana Souza Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Henry Composer
David Batteau Composer
Walter Becker Composer
Julian Coryell Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Larry Klein Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Madeleine Peyroux Composer, Author
Mark Shilansky Chart Preparation
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Helix Hadar Engineer
Sean Wayland Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Madeleine's Come of Age

    Wow! What a great album in every respect, from the soulful, rolling, swingin' beginning of "Instead" to the song "River of Tears" that made me cry for its heart-wrenching story, this album is her best effort. And I've heard them all. What a great voice Madeleine has! Her singing makes me want "To Love [Her] All Over Again."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another incredibly fine album by Ms Peyroux!

    Madeleine Peyroux's voice shines in these songs! The arrangements are, as usual in Peyroux's albums fresh and extremely listenable. I love the choice of songs. Easily a great buy!
    Beverly Hickman

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    smooth

    Yummy music, silky voice, challenging and interesting. I can hear this music over and over and not tire of it. Love this artist!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    Up to this time I've enjoyed all of M Peyroux's albums. This one is a message sender not an entertaining piece of work.
    The backup's are limpid, as is her sound throughout. There is no variety to her presentations. I hope she returns to what worked for her previous releases as her talent is huge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    For Madeleine fans, this new album doesn't disappoint!

    While it may not be quite as versatile as her previous first recording with Rounder Records, it is hauntingly beautiful in a way that no one but Madeleine Peyroux can do.
    This recording has a bit slower pace overall, showcasing her ability to slow you down and make you listen. Her voice remains rare and exotic, the lyrics deep and moving, and featuring some of her writing talent as well as her incredible voice.
    An album you could listen to over and over again. Can't wait to see what comes next from Ms. Peyroux!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    It swings and sooths the mind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Easy on the ears

    This is a wonderful CD. Relaxing and yet can be listened to while driving.
    Wonderful voice.Wonderful songs.

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