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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Madeleine Peyroux : The Blue Room review

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.

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