12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released eight years after her debut album, Madeleine Peyroux's Careless Love paid off handsomely. Not just in the sales success of Careless Love, her 2004 sophomore release, but in the record's quality. Frequently compared with Billie Holiday - the similarities in voice and delivery are inescapable - Peyroux nonetheless claims her own ground. A mostly acoustic jazz-folk meld, the music here (produced by Larry Klein, veteran of many Joni Mitchell albums) is often charming, matching the singer's qualities on upbeat numbers such as "Don't Wait Too Long" and a sunny read of Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go." Peyroux reaches deeper on Elliott Smith's alcoholic lament "Between the Bars," suggesting that a more pensive set is within her. Listening to Careless Love, it's hard to imagine having to endure another eight-year wait for her third album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released eight years after her debut album, Madeleine Peyroux's Careless Love paid off handsomely. Not just in the sales success of Careless Love, her 2004 sophomore release, but in the record's quality. Frequently compared with Billie Holiday - the similarities in voice and delivery are inescapable - Peyroux nonetheless claims her own ground. A mostly acoustic jazz-folk meld, the music here (produced by Larry Klein, veteran of many Joni Mitchell albums) is often charming, matching the singer's qualities on upbeat numbers such as "Don't Wait Too Long" and a sunny read of Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go." Peyroux reaches deeper on Elliott Smith's alcoholic lament "Between the Bars," suggesting that a more pensive set is within her. Listening to Careless Love, it's hard to imagine having to endure another eight-year wait for her third album.

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