Standing On the Rooftop opens with a hypnotic pulse that runs through the song like a jagged heartbeat.
Madeleine Peyroux is in the midst of her journey. Now with Standing On the Rooftop (Emarcy/Decca), she delves deeper into her reinvention, not only writing the bulk of the songs, but pushing past any preconceived notions about her music.
“I wanted to explore some new sounds,” says Peyroux, best known for her stunning, gold-certified 2004 album, Careless Love. “That would be the most exciting thing that I could think of as a musician. I’ve been recording my voice and my guitar together long enough to know this was not the limit.”
Peyroux, who was named Best International Jazz Artist at the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards, has lost none of her compelling ability to reinvent a lyric and give it soul-shaking meaning through her intricately nuanced vocal shadings. But she’s broadened her musical palette here, embracing an organic, American roots sound. Listeners need look no further than the title track to hear the metamorphosis.