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Leonard Cohen hovers over the proceedings on Madeleine Peyroux's 'Anthem' / METRO

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THIS will not be the first time the work of Madeleine Peyroux has been described as ‘haunted'. But with Anthem, it's not simply a matter of mood. The spectre is identifiable, and for once it is not Billie Holiday, though Peyroux was among the earlier contemporary revivalists of her vocal stylings. Rather, the late Leonard Cohen hovers over proceedings, brooding and wry, as was his manner in his later career. It is a cover of his song that gives the album its title, and more importantly, its spirit. Peyroux has long been an admirer and an interpreter of Cohen. An American jazz/pop singer, she is as nourished by her own Europhilia, and by the admiration of transatlantic audiences, as her folk-based Canadian predecessor was.

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