Madeleine Peyroux Anthem 180g 2LP
TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sonics in the January 2019 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
180g Vinyl Double LP Contains Cover of Leonard
2019 Grammy Award Nominee:
• Producer of The Year, Non-Classical: Larry Klein (Anthem)
Eight albums and 22 years since her debut "Dreamland", Madeleine Peyroux
continues to challenge the confines of jazz, venturing into the fertile fields
of contemporary music with unfading curiosity.
For Anthem, released on the iconic Verve label, Madeleine Peyroux collaborates
with writers/musicians Brian MacLeod, Patrick Warren, and David Baerwald, who
are also the basic rhythm section players on the album. The album speaks to the
current state of the world (2018) mixed with Peyroux's personal world.
Anthem weaves the colorful stories of people confronting life’s challenges in a
multitude of ways. With pathos and a hint of irony it laments over financial
tribulations in "Down On Me", speaks of disappointment and unfulfilled dreams in
the bluesy "Ghosts of Tomorrow" and delivers a scathingly poignant social
commentary in "The Brand New Deal".
The album contains two covers - Paul Eluard's WW2 poem "Liberte" and the title
track, Leonard Cohen's "Anthem".
"Emotional freefalls can trigger self-pitying lyrics and politics lazy
songwriting, but Anthem retains a sly sense of humor while the songcraft remains
solid from the opening track, the Beatles-sounding "On my Own", to the vinyl
LP's wistful closer, "Liberte," which sets a Paul Eluard poem to music (the CD
contains an extra track). Throughout the record Peyroux reminds us that she's
one of the finest singers of our generation - and a superb Leonard Cohen
interpreter, as proven by the title track, which helps tie together some themes
from what is ultimately an affirmative collection of songs." - Jeff Wilson,
The Absolute Sound, January 2019
• Double LP
• 180g Vinyl
• Gatefold jacket
• Made in Germany
1. On My Own
2. Down On Me
3. Party Tyme
5. All My Heroes
6. On A Sunday Afternoon
7. The Brand New Deal
9. Honey Party
10. The Ghosts Of Tomorrow
11. We Might As Well Dance