The Blue Room (CD)


Madeleine Peyroux

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Amoeba Review

03/04/2013

Madeleine Peyroux has managed to be both classy and unstuffy in her career, lending her Billie Holiday-meets-Patsy Cline vocals to covers of songs by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Elliott Smith, among others. This time she takes on Ray Charles, specifically his 1962 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and throws in a few songs by Cohen, Buddy Holly, Randy Newman and Warren Zevon. What could have sounded disjointed instead plays out as an inspired collection by an artist following her muse, delivering songs she clearly reveres in her own buttery voice with an easy jazz style that aims for inclusiveness. Her laid-back take on “Bye Bye Love” is utterly endearing, delivering lines like “I feel like I could die” with a sardonic twist. Similarly, she turns around the manic regret of Holly’s “Changing All Those Changes” and gives it a feel of morose acceptance. And her take on Cohen’s “Bird on a Wire” is simply exquisite. Peyroux succeeds once again at giving much-beloved (and some much-covered) songs her own flavor on The Blue Room.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Take These Chains
Madeleine Peyroux 03:11
2.
Bye Bye Love
Madeleine Peyroux 03:27
3.
Changing All Those Changes
Madeleine Peyroux 03:09
4.
Born to Lose
Madeleine Peyroux 04:26
5.
Guilty
Madeleine Peyroux 03:51
6.
Bird on the Wire
Madeleine Peyroux 05:36
7.
I Can't Stop Loving You
Madeleine Peyroux 04:17
8.
Gentle On My Mind
Madeleine Peyroux 06:40
9.
You Don't Know Me
Madeleine Peyroux 04:00
10.
Desperadoes Under the Eaves
Madeleine Peyroux 04:19

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