Madeleine Peyroux: Bare Bones

Bare Bones is the fifth studio album from Athens, Georgia born traditional American Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux. The album consists of 11 freshly penned tunes all firmly entrenched in good old fashioned traditional jazz and blues.

“Instead” kicks of this album with a brushing snare keeping perfect time behind timeless tinkling ivories, slow sliding guitar and Billie Holiday styled crooning. This is perhaps the best track on the album and despite the fact that the actual lyrics are quite positive; it is the one most evocative of those depressive slow jazz standards.

“Bare Bones” is packed with Shakespearian mentions and a soft reverberating organ fills in between the slow ticking beat picked out on the acoustic guitar.

On my first listen, I considered the remainder of the album to be a little weaker after these first 2 great tracks, but having had it on repeat for a few days soaking up that smooth jazz vibe; I’m getting to grips with the album as a whole now.

This is the soundtrack to the best dinner parties in 2009