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Bare Bones

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Bare Bones

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Kathy Reichs
publisher:
Scribner
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

Erstwhile standards-bearer Madeleine Peyroux has ditched oldies to co-write every track on her fourth album Bare Bones, and though some fans will wish she’d stayed in Bessie ‘n’ Billie territory, it’s interesting to hear that Victrola voice meet a more contemporary sensibility. (”Screwed like a high school cheerleader… Bust like an Internet millionaire,” she sings on the Walter Becker-co-penned ”You Can’t Do Me.”) Producer Larry Klein so worships that voice, he turns it up miles above the overly tasteful instrumentation, which could’ve stood more meat on its bones. But the smart and emotional material makes for an impressive step away from the retro ghetto. B

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