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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Dreamy Music, December 5, 2004
This review is from: Careless Love (Audio CD)
The first time you hear her you make the assumption: this is Billie Holiday in some glorious newly re-mastered recording you have never heard before. You're a little surprised when you're wrong and more than a little intrigued-this is Madeleine Peyroux. This fascinating and unique lady has a voice crafted by dedicated training and time as a child spent growing up between France and the United States. Her first album received high marks from critics, and the sophomore effort "Careless Love" (Rounder) is anything but a disappointment.

The opening track "Dance Me to the End of Love" is pure dreamy magic showcasing this amazing voice, with a light piano riff from Larry Goldings and David Pilch's baseline that make you want to move-an energizing and satisfying new dance piece. Three great smooth selections that are sure to ignite fans of swing or foxtrot with their intoxicating Creole bluesy flavor are "Don't Wait Too long," "Lonesome Road," and "Careless Love." Slightly more up-tempo pieces like "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" are also imminently satisfying. Madeleine Peyroux again establishes herself as a French chanteuse on the level of Blossom Dearie with "J'ai Deux Amours."

Despite the album's title, there is nothing careless in this recording. Producer Larry Klein has outdone himself in assembling a solidly packaged showcase for a voice that is hauntingly familiar and strikingly new all at the same time. Madeleine Peyroux takes us all the way to the end of love and beyond.
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