Half the Perfect World

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Half the Perfect World
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2006 (2006-09-12)
RecordedApril 2006
GenreVocal jazz
Length48:56
LabelRounder/Universal
ProducerLarry Klein
Madeleine Peyroux chronology
Careless Love
(2004)
Half the Perfect World
(2006)
Bare Bones
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
ARTISTdirect.com4.5/5 stars[2]
Being There Magazine3.5/5 stars[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
JazzPolice.com(NR)[5]
Mojo5/5 stars[6]
musicOMH.com4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
inthenews.co.uk8/10 stars[9]

Half the Perfect World is the fourth studio album by American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux. It was released on September 12, 2006. It peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and had sold 218,000 copies in the United States by December 2008.[10]

The album contains four original songs, all of them co-written by Peyroux, and cover versions of songs by Johnny Mercer, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Charlie Chaplin, Serge Gainsbourg, and Leonard Cohen.[1] "I'm All Right," "A Little Bit" and "Once in a While" were released as singles.

David Dye listed the album at number 10 on World Cafe's list of the top 10 CDs of 2006.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm All Right" (Walter Becker/Peyroux/Larry Klein) – 3:27
  2. "The Summer Wind" (Hans Bradtke/Henry Mayer/Johnny Mercer) – 3:55
  3. "Blue Alert" (Leonard Cohen/Anjani Thomas) – 4:10
  4. "Everybody's Talkin'" (Fred Neil) – 5:10
  5. "River" featuring k.d. lang (Joni Mitchell) – 5:19
  6. "A Little Bit" (Jesse Harris/Klein/Peyroux) – 4:02
  7. "Once in a While" (Harris/Klein/Peyroux) – 4:00
  8. "(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night" (Tom Waits) – 3:27
  9. "Half the Perfect World" (Cohen/Thomas) – 4:21
  10. "La Javanaise" (Serge Gainsbourg) – 4:11
  11. "California Rain" (Harris/Klein/Peyroux) – 2:57
  12. "Smile" (Charlie Chaplin/Geoffrey Parsons/John Turner) – 3:57

Personnel[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Brazil Gold[12]
New Zealand 1× Gold[13]
United Kingdom Gold[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Marisa. "Half the Perfect World". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  2. ^ Hermann, Andy. "Half the Perfect World by Madeleine Peyroux". Artist Direct. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  3. ^ Being There Magazine review Archived October 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Fordham, John (27 October 2006). "Madeleine Peyroux, Half the Perfect World". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  5. ^ JazzPolice.com review Archived October 16, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Snow, Mat (November 2006). "NY State of Mind: Madeleine Peyroux Half the Perfect World". Mojo: 104.
  7. ^ musicOMH.com review
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ inthenews.co.uk review
  10. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (1 December 2008). "Peyroux Goes 'Bare' On New Album". Billboard. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
  11. ^ Dye, David (December 4, 2006). "World Cafe's Top 10 CDs of 2006". NPR.
  12. ^ "Certificados (Searchable Database): Madeleine Peyroux – Half the Perfect World" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 2008. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012.
  13. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. RadioScope New Zealand. November 23, 2008. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011.
  14. ^ "BPI Certified Awards (Searchable Database – By Award – Gold): MADELEINE PEYROUX – HALF THE PERFECT WORLD". British Phonographic Industry. December 8, 2006.