Still the Best of Madeleine Peyroux
If Billie Holliday time-traveled through the 20th century, mingled with Bob Dylan, borrowed from Leonard Cohen, cavorted with Frank Sinatra, and spoke French, the musical effect would be something like Madeleine Peyroux.
If you like jazz and any of those names I mentioned, listen to her, and start by getting this album. Her voice is interesting, her back-up band has its own flavor of jaunty and sad, and her taste in lyricists is impeccable.
If there is a criticism to be had of “Careless Love” it’s that Madeleine and the band maintain the same mood over too many tracks, leaving many songs drifting somewhere between ennui and rainy-day happiness. But the power and re-playability of her takes on “Dance Me to the End of Love” and “Weary Blues” more than compensates for the sapping melancholy that sometimes creeps into other tracks.
Just get it!