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Madeleine Peyroux
Madeleine Peyroux

There’s a popular saying among aspiring wordsmiths that goes something like, “In order to become a good writer, you need to read good writers.” For her sparkling 2009 disc, Bare Bones (Rounder), Madeleine Peyroux heeded that call from a musical standpoint and wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs.

Even though glimpses of her songwriting gifts have shimmered throughout her discography, dating back to her charming 1996 debut, Dreamland (Atlantic), much of Peyroux’s acclaim arose from her masterful interpretations of songs by Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, Hank Williams and others.

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