November 21, 2009

MUST WE BUSK?:

Up front: Madeleine Peyroux (Gary Flockhart, 11/20/09, The Scotsman)

SULTRY songstress Madeleine Peyroux, it's fair to say, has a history of erratic behaviour.

When on the brink of international stardom following the release of her 1996 debut album, Dreamland, the French-American folk-jazz chanteuse did what no one – least of all her record company – expected her to do.

Rather than hanging around to do the usual rounds promoting the new album, Peyroux took herself off to Paris to busk for seven years. [...]

Her record company must have breathed a huge sigh of relief when Peyroux finally resurfaced, but she would soon take to her heels again, this time just weeks after an impressive performance on Top of the Pops had brought her to mainstream attention in the UK.

Her disappearance prompted her record company into hiring a private detective to hunt for her, but when Peyroux was eventually tracked down in New York City, her manager asked the record company to "go away and leave her alone."

She may still get itchy feet more often than her label would like, but the smoky-voiced singer has nevertheless managed three albums in fours years, the latest being Bare Bones, which is described both as an extension of 2004's Careless Love and 2006's Half the Perfect World and a bold step into previously unexplored psychological terrain.



Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2009 6:24 AM
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