Thursday, April 4, 2013
Madeleine Peyroux is one of the more elusive of the modern jazz singers. After releasing her 1996 Atlantic debut Dreamland, the singer disappeared from the spotlight for six years, reportedly busking and playing small shows. She worked up the nerve to return with 2004’s Careless Love, a career-making album that featured covers of Leonard Cohen and Elliott Smith tracks. With her Billie Holiday-ish voice, she continues to sweeten even the saddest of songs on her latest album, The Blue Room, which reinterprets material from Ray Charles, Buddy Holly and Randy Newman.