A Singer Oblivious to Fashion, but Not to Life (NYT)

By STEPHEN HOLDEN

The jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux has a Mona Lisa voice and a personality to match. As she delicately swings the standard “Smile” on her new album, “Half the Perfect World” (Rounder), you can read whatever emotions you want in her sly, enigmatic interpretation. She is either suppressing a secret smile or holding back tears. Or both. Riding on a 30’s folk-jazz lilt, her timeless interpretation floats into the ether like a wisp of milkweed. (more…)

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