American singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux likes to confound expectation.
After stealing the show at Montreux she turned her back on fame and went busking in Paris instead.
Happily that proved a temporary diversion and now, five albums later, she re-examines Ray Charles’ classic Modern Sounds Of Country And Western Music.
Cue blues-rooted standards such as Take These Chains, Bye Bye Love and I Can’t Stop Loving You, underpinned by subtle pedal steel.
Best are Billie Holiday nod Born To Lose and a whispered confessional take on Leonard Cohen’s Bird On A Wire.