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Acclaimed 2009 Gem is Jazz Chanteuse's First Album of Originals
Extraordinary Sound Transports Listeners to a Small Coffeehouse: You Need to
Hear This on Vinyl!
Having proven several times over that she’s among the premier vocal jazz singers
on the planet with Half the Perfect World and Careless Love—both available as
limited-edition 180-gram LPs from Mobile Fidelity—Madeleine Peyroux makes her
mark as a songwriter on the exquisite Bare Bones, her first album of originals.
A thematic record that begins with wariness, moves to loss, builds to
acceptance, and finishes with hope; the critically acclaimed set is Peyroux’s
most soul-baring effort.
The record’s title says it all. Deeply personal and eminently mature, the
chanteuse strips everything down, from her emotional guard to the arrangements.
Peyroux penned many of the songs with longtime producer Larry Klein (Joni
Mitchell), and also co-wrote the standout “You Can’t Do Me” with Steely Dan
legend Walter Becker. As expected, a tart wittiness defines the lyrics,
demonstrating Peyroux’s continual growth as an artist. Becker's contributions
also spice the title track, while noted tunesmiths Joe Henry and Julian Coryell
assist on other songs. As usual, the singer enjoys the sparse, elegant backing
of a small group of first-rate musicians. Peyroux’s alto vocals shine.
Sonically, Bare Bones continues Peyroux’s tradition of making some of the
best-sounding albums around. Her tunes—direct, emotional, beautiful,
detailed—benefit from production that emphasizes her strengths and puts a
spotlight on the songs, not on any unnecessary tricks or embellishments. This is
strictly about the music, its emotional effects on the listener, and the
universal healing power of feelings associated with lost love and recovery.
Half-speed mastered from the original analog tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s 180-gram
2-LP set enhances the experiences of hearing Peyroux’s languorous gems.
Transparent, airy, three dimensional, fully textured, and featuring extended
response from the acoustic bass and guitars, this analog pressing puts you in
the middle of a coffeehouse, with Peyroux and her small ensemble seated a few
feet in front of you. It’s that good.
"It’s hard to imagine a candlelit cocktail bar that wouldn’t benefit from
playing Madeleine Peyroux’s fourth album, Bare Bones. The ear loves to catch on
the inflections of her supple alto, the clear picking on her acoustic guitar,
the pacing as slow as a hand-stitched dress." – Margaret Wappler, Los
Angeles Times, March 2009
"The empress of the jazzy, languid groove does what she has done on her two
bestsellers (and her half-forgotten 1996 debut); purr intimately about life and
the iniquities of love over retro backings of brushed drums and polite piano
that evoke Billie Holiday." – Neil Spencer, The Observer, March 2009
Madeleine Peyroux titles also available on Mofi 180g LP include
Half The Perfect World
(MFSL 2-288), and
Careless Love (MFSL 1-284).
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP Gatefold Jacket
• 1/2 Speed mastered from original analog tapes
2. Bare Bones
3. Damn the Circumstances
4. River of Tears
5. You Can't do Me
6. Love and Treachery
7. Our Lady of Pigalle
8. Homeless Happiness
9. To Love You All Over Again
10. I Must Be Saved
11. Somethin' Grand