Eight years elapsed between Madeleine Peyroux’s first and second albums, but Careless Love misses nary a well-placed backbeat in continuing the sexy, soulful intimacy of her enchanting debut, Dreamland. Peyroux sings with an easy, unforced confidence; her voice slides between notes in a way that often recalls Billie Holiday, a debt explicitly acknowledged on “No More” and ”This is Heaven To Me,” songs Holiday also covered. But Peyroux doesn’t have a slavish allegiance to the past; she’s more an old soul than a reactionary archivist, and she’s as much at home singing “Between the Bars,” written by indie-rock’s Elliott Smith, as singing “Careless Love” and “Don’t Cry Baby,” songs associated with blues great Bessie Smith. Produced by Larry Klein, who has worked with the similarly gifted Holly Cole, Careless Love relies on jazzy guitar, piano, and organ that swing softly, whether on Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Time,” Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome when You Go,” or Hank Williams’s “Weary Blues.” It’s a testament to Peyroux’s own songwriting ability that “Don’t Wait Too Long,” the sole original here, holds up in such lofty company. And it’s a testament to her understated vocal talents that the album seamlessly blends country, blues, jazz, and pop as Norah Jones and Cassandra Wilson have done during Peyroux's hiatus.
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Performance CreditsMadeleine Peyroux Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Larry Goldings Piano,Celeste,Hammond Organ,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Dean Parks Guitar
David Piltch Bass
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Scott Amendola Percussion
Jay Bellerose Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsLeonard Cohen Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Dylan Thomas Author
Gene Austin Composer
Larry Klein Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Nat Shilkret Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Jesse Harris Composer
Madeleine Peyroux Composer,Liner Notes
Elliott Smith Composer
Vincent Scotto Composer
Helix Hadar Engineer
Frank Reardon Composer
Ernest Schweikert Composer
Saul Bernie Composer
George Cory Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
Stella Unger Composer
Henri Varna Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Careless Love based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
A beautiful album with Madeleine's soft round tones soothing your ears, your house, your restaurant, your anything you want! Impress your dinner party guests with this fabulous album. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with a glass of red wine and Careless Love.
Madeleine Peyroux is a wonder. A prodigy musician who played in the streets of Paris with the legendary Lost Wandering Blues & Jazz Band, she has Paris and the Riviera as well as American rural blues steeped in her wise, worldly, and utterly heartstopping voice. We had the privilege of hearing her play live in Brooklyn recently, and not only is she just as good with a lousy PA and too many people in front of you, she's also beautiful, humble, funny, and really, really nice. I gave this album to everyone I know for Christmas.
There is and will only be ONE Billie Holiday. Why buy a cheap imitation when you can have the real thing.
I'm in love with this CD. Can't stop playing it over and over... I highly recommend it to all GOOD music lovers.
This album reminds of the early recordings of the legendary Billie Holiday, which until today, no one has been able to match. It's worth a listen.
I had never heard of M. Peyroux before I was browsing the B&N "new CD" area for some new music, but I was pleasantly surprised to find her. I am not really familiar with Billie Holiday or the other artists she is compared to, and have not really been listening to this kind of music before, but I think she is remarkable all in herself. I think the best use of this album is to get some wine, relax, and unwind from the day, or just think about life. For me the music is somewhat reminiscent to Norah Jones.
This CD is indeed a masterpiece. Madeleine has done it again. Should I wait for another eight years for her next masterpiece?
I was a little startled when I first listened to this cd. Ms. Peyroux has a very unusual voice that can be a bit distressing at first. However, I gave the cd a second listen and found I loved it. Her voice is foggy and beautiful, giving the songs she sings a wonderful uniqueness. I heartily recommend this lady's music to all and sundry.
Eight years! Eight years, but she's back with a very beautiful record. Thank you Madeleine. But i don't know if I can wait eight years for your next record.
I stumbled across this album last week having long since stopped looking for a new album by Ms Peyroux. It has been played many times since! A wonderful album. Her voice has "aged" beautifully since Dreamland and she takes this album beyond simply being an extension of her first album. There isn't a weak cut on the album. So nice to have her back!