Madeleine Peyroux Bare Bones on Numbered-Edition 180g 2LP Set from Mobile Fidelity
Acclaimed 2009 Gem is Jazz Chanteuse's First Album of Originals
Extraordinary Sound Transports Listeners to a Small Coffeehouse: You Need to Hear This on Vinyl, Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Having proven several times over that she’s among the premier vocal jazz singers on the planet with Half the Perfect World and Careless Love, Madeleine Peyroux makes her mark as a songwriter on the exquisite Bare Bones, her first album of originals. A thematic record that begins with wariness, moves to loss, builds to acceptance, and finishes with hope, the critically acclaimed set is Peyroux’s most soul-baring effort.
The record’s title says it all. Deeply personal and eminently mature, the chanteuse strips everything down, from her emotional guard to the arrangements. Peyroux penned many of the songs with longtime producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell), and also co-wrote the standout “You Can’t Do Me” with Steely Dan legend Walter Becker. As expected, a tart wittiness defines the lyrics, demonstrating Peyroux’s continual growth as an artist. Becker's contributions also spice the title track, while noted tunesmiths Joe Henry and Julian Coryell assist on other songs. As usual, the singer enjoys the sparse, elegant backing of a small group of first-rate musicians. Peyroux’s alto vocals shine.
"The empress of the jazzy, languid groove does what she has done on her two bestsellers (and her half-forgotten 1996 debut); purr intimately about life and the iniquities of love over retro backings of brushed drums and polite piano that evoke Billie Holiday."
–Neil Spencer, The Observer, March 2009
Sonically, Bare Bones continues Peyroux’s tradition of making some of the best-sounding albums around. Her tunes—direct, emotional, beautiful, detailed—benefit from production that emphasizes her strengths and puts a spotlight on the songs, not on any unnecessary tricks or embellishments. This is strictly about the music, its emotional effects on the listener, and the universal healing power of feelings associated with lost love and recovery.
"It’s hard to imagine a candlelit cocktail bar that wouldn’t benefit from playing Madeleine Peyroux’s fourth album, Bare Bones. The ear loves to catch on the inflections of her supple alto, the clear picking on her acoustic guitar, the pacing as slow as a hand-stitched dress."
–Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, March 2009
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s 180g 2LP set enhances the experiences of hearing Peyroux’s languorous gems. Transparent, airy, three dimensional, fully textured, and featuring extended response from the acoustic bass and guitars, this analog pressing puts you in the middle of a coffeehouse, with Peyroux and her small ensemble seated a few feet in front of you.
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"On MoFi’s version, the soundstage is beyond huge. And there’s a level of reach-out-and-touch-it smoothness that sounds fantastic on even the most mediocre system. But on a high-resolution system, the effect transports Peyroux and company to your listening room. Having seen Peyroux in concert on several occasions, I can assure you that this is as close as you can get to the real thing. If this record won’t convince your digital friends to buy a turntable, nothing will."
--Jeff Dorgay, TONE Audio, Issue 30, July 2010
Madeleine Peyroux Bare Bones Track Listing:
2. "Bare Bones"
3. "Damn the Circumstances"
4. "River of Tears"
5. "You Can't do Me"
6. "Love and Treachery"
7. "Our Lady of Pigalle"
8. "Homeless Happiness"
9. "To Love You All Over Again"
10. "I Must Be Saved"
11. "Somethin' Grand"