2011 album from the acclaimed Jazz/Pop vocalist. On Standing On The Rooftop there's one very interesting collaborator that may have the key to opening new doors: the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman, whom Peyroux met at the Nice Jazz Festival while waiting to hear B.B. King. The song, entitled 'The Kind You Can't Afford', Peyroux says, is a testament to owning what money can't buy. Other current collaborators include Jonatha Brooke, David Batteau, Andy Rosen, and Jenny Scheinman.
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Sorry to say, but this CD leaves me totally cold. I have been a fan of Ms.Peyroux ever since I heard "Careless Love" so I bought this MP3 without listening to the samples. Big mistake.
I am all for experimentation, (see my review of Diana Krall's "Glad Rag Doll") but not all experiments work. The songs lack focus and some of the instrumentation is downright annoying. I love music that has a hook you can hang your hat on, or jazz albums which feature masters of improvisation jamming their way over, under around and through a song.
"Standing On The Rooftop" is unfortunately neither of these. I don't know what Madeleine was hoping to accomplish here but this is one of the most inaccessible CDs I have ever heard. I'm listening to it as I type this and it's all I can do to maintain my focus; my thoughts are tending to scatter as wide as the music.
I really hope she returns to what she does best next time out and gifts us with more stellar jazz-inflected...
I have her "Careless Love", "Bare Bones" and "Dreamland" on MP3. Her Bessie Smith and Edith Piaf voices are sung with humor and dignity. When I saw her vinyl "Standing on the Rooftop" I snapped it up with One Click. Not that I regret my purchase but her other musical offerings are more polished than Rooftop. The sound is supreme though not as powerful or bluesy.
On some tracks her voice shakes a bit and I get the feeling of her being near and vulnerable. When I close my eyes her voice feels so close as if she is standing right in front of me. Yes, it is a double album which means getting up out of my chair 3 times but her presence never fades.
Standing on the Rooftop just does not do the job for me. I think the album is experimental, and it is always a good thing to reach out of your boundaries creatively. I believe this is what Madeleine Peyroux does here, but alas she just doesn't thrill me like her other albumes have. Also the mix could be better. All in all this album was a disappointment to me. But normally as I said I love her work so if anyone reads this review, please try listening to some of her other albums. I know you will love them.
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