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On Anthem, Madeleine Peyroux shows her chops as a songwriter / WVIA Public Media

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In the early 2000s, there was a revival of popularity in the chanteuse style of vocalist, women singers with a mix of jazz, theatrical and cabaret influences. The best-known was Norah Jones, but preceding Ms. Jones' debut album in 2002 by about six years was the appearance of Madeleine Peyroux, whose own first release Dreamland appeared when she was 22. It attracted a lot of attention at the time, with many observing that her style drew influence from the great jazz singer Billie Holiday. After the stir caused by that record, Ms. Peyroux retreated from the recording scene for some eight years, before returning in 2004 with Careless Love., after which she has remained active releasing a variety or musical projects, most of them collections of interpretations of the songs of others, from country artists to rockers to traditional songs. She has just released her ninth album called Anthem and it's her first in about 10 years consisting of mostly original music.

It seems hard to believe but it has been 22 years since the release of Madeleine Peyroux's debut album. Over the years, she has been taking her chanteuse style in different directions nicely, and on Anthem, shows her chops as worthy songwriter.

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