Song: Half the Perfect World
Artist: Madeline Peyroux
This track is from the American artist’s 2006 album of the same name. It’s the deeply intimate recollection of a sweet, timeless year enveloped in love - a love by turns earthy, simple, passionate, primal. This exquisitely paced rumination functions on many levels - as a bold confessional, as a poignant narrative told in the past tense (and therefore hinting at a layer of sorrow hovering beneath the surface). Here Peyroux’ voice, always richly expressive, possesses extra pathos; the nuanced, superbly understated supporting piano, the pulsing softness of the Carlos Jobim-like acoustic guitar, the mesmerizing lustre of a sax solo in the middle of the song: all are perfection.
Listening to this song reminds me of ripples over the glassy-smooth surface of a deep, dark pond.
Posted by Max MacDonald