A 17 piece string 'band' and a notable rythmn section led by Jason Rebello could not rescue this lady's mediocre singing. Rather, it rendered her pretentious. Any standard she sang was made unattractive and depreciated. Rarely did she stray above one octave. After 45 mins she took off her shoes and went barefoot but this ploy rightly failed to connect her to her audience
LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: Madeleine Peyroux
Royal Festival Hall
Sun Nov 24 2013
© Rocky Schenck
Time Out says
Posted: Mon Apr 22 2013
If you missed out on tickets to see Peyroux at Ronnie Scott's in April and May this year, then here's another opportunity to hear her jazz-literate, pleasantly low-key blues/folk/country songs. The Gallic-American songstress is deeply influenced by the likes of Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell, and will draw from her new album 'The Blue Room' with her distinctive, smoke-tinged and bluesy drawl.
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Madeleine Peyroux's performance at the Royal Festival Hall last night was rather like listening to Dame Edna Everage, but less entertaining. Curiously, she moved around the stage rather like the drunken Sir Les Patterson!! I would have been very happy to listen to the wonderfully talented orchestra that supported her. If only she had stopped whining on and left Rason Rebello to entertain me - it would have been heaven. The only good thing about my uncomfortable £30 seats in the choir was that I was able to watch how many people left the auditorium - also, everyone in the auditorium was able to watch me when I left!
Poorly miked, frequently off key and a desperately disappointing performance from someone whose work I have admired in the past. She seemed so out of control in the first few songs that I seriously wondered whether she was drunk.
One word Dreadful! Out of tune no stage presence Was she drunk? Joined the many leaving after half an hour not able to bear it any longer So disappointing