Madeleine Peyroux: Once in a While


Once in a While


Madeleine Peyroux (vocals, guitar)


Half the Perfect World (Rounder 11661-3252-2)

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Madeleine Peyroux (vocals, guitar),

Sam Yahel (piano, Estey organ), Dean Parks (guitar), David Piltch (bass), Jay Bellerose (drums), Carla Kihlstedt (violin), Graeme Jennings (violin), Charith Premawardhanna (viola), Sam Bass (cello)


Recorded: Los Angeles, no date given (CD released in 2006)


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Shortly after it was released, Brandi Carlile praised Peyroux's efforts in The New York Times for its willingness to embrace imperfections. "I think the temptation to sound polished," Carlile opined in her peculiar critique, "is exactly what makes things sound immature." I'm not sure many people rushed out to buy Half the Perfect World based on this ringing endorsement -- which is a shame. Peyroux's style has nothing to do with accepting flaws. It offers, instead, intimacy and understatement, an attempt to capture the ambiance of a salon or living-room performance - a refreshing reminder of simpler ways in this day of American Idol bombast and football stadium concerts.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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