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Madeleine Peyroux releases the best album of her career / The Times

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This wasn't the Madeleine Peyroux we have come to know over the years. Gone were the fretful glances, the awkward silences and the sense that she would rather be in her hotel room. Just for a change, the American singer-guitarist seemed to be enjoying herself at this EFG London Jazz Festival concert. As well she might, given that she has just released the best album of her career. Recorded in the unlikely setting of a parish church in Oxfordshire, Secular Hymns is a blissfully hip collection, the material venturing in all directions, from the pioneer of American song Stephen Foster to the dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. Peyroux's stripped-down line-up is a perfect match too. Jon Herington's unfussy, but evocative electric guitar makes a piquant.

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