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Madeleine Peyroux — Blue Alert
Album: Half The Perfect World
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7.4

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Total ratings: 1200









Released: 2006
Length: 4:08
Plays (last 30 days): 1
There's perfume burning in the air
Bits of beauty everywhere
Shrapnel flying, soldier hit the dirt

She comes so close
You feel her then
She tells you No and No again
Your lip is cut on the edge of her pleated skirt
Blue Alert

Visions of her drawing near
Arise, abide, and disappear
You try to slow it down
It doesn't work

It's just another night I guess
All tangled up in nakedness
You even touch yourself
You're such a flirt
Blue Alert

You know how nights like this begin
The kind of knot your heart gets in
Any way you turn is going to hurt


There's perfume burning in the air
Bits of beauty everywhere
Shrapnel flying, soldier hit the dirt
Blue Alert

She breaks the rules so you can see
She's wilder than you'll ever be
You talk religion but she won't convert

Her body's twenty stories high
You try to look away, you try
But all you want to do is get there first
Blue Alert

You know how nights like this begin
The kind of knot your heart gets in
Any way you turn is going to hurt

There's perfume burning in the air
Bits of beauty everywhere
Shrapnel flying, soldier hit the dirt
Blue Alert
Blue Alert...
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Interesting that Bill has this song in the same playlist with Haitian Divorce by Steely Dan.  Walter Becker co-wrote a few songs with Madeleine (although not this one).
Leonard could write but he couldn't sing like this

Compelling
check out the Anjani version, that's pretty good as well
I can see the appeal of femme singers for Madeleine. She works for me, for sure—here, notably!
{#Dancingbanana_2}

Busenfreunds sending out a blue alert signal.
      Because we're using a cheat sheet.
       Yes, she's my partner in crime.
Talented and fun to see live!  Yay
Her voice is a close second to Skye's.
always nice to hear a new granddaughter of billie hollyday and cousin of jo líe holland 👍
+1 from me too :) 
On_The_Beach wrote:

Agreed, unclehud.
I happen to like that she sounds like Billie.  : )

 


Best MP song I have heard...and I really like her.
 unclehud wrote:
Yowza!  With witty lyrics, too!  I vote 9!
I'll never understand why some people decide not to like this because it sounds like Billie Holiday.  Is it not possible to enjoy artists that paint similarly?  Actors that glower similarly?  Vegetables that taste similar?  Jeans that feel similar?  Ski runs that provide similar thrills?
Jeez-o-man what a tough crowd.
 
Agreed, unclehud.
I happen to like that she sounds like Billie.  : )

Most people have never listened to Billy Holiday...

If they have it is seldom for more than one song...

I like her soft Savannah accent... Southern women say so much with tone of voice, inflection and phrasing.  If you listen you'll hear her exact meaning with no ambiguity or confusion...

 

unclehud wrote:

Yowza!  With witty lyrics, too!  I vote 9!

I'll never understand why some people decide not to like this because it sounds like Billie Holiday.  Is it not possible to enjoy artists that paint similarly?  Actors that glower similarly?  Vegetables that taste similar?  Jeans that feel similar?  Ski runs that provide similar thrills?

Jeez-o-man what a tough crowd.

 


 joelbb wrote:
Way Sweet.  Is she as beautiful and sensuous as her voice?

 
Did you not see the album cover?!  {#Rolleyes}










 unclehud wrote:
I'll never understand why some people decide not to like this because it sounds like Billie Holiday.  Is it not possible to enjoy artists that paint similarly?  Actors that glower similarly?  Vegetables that taste similar?  Jeans that feel similar?  Ski runs that provide similar thrills? 

It's an absurd complaint.  When it doesn't bother me, I call it "influence".  When it bothers me I call it "rip-off".  Whichever way the wind blows...
Yowza!  With witty lyrics, too!  I vote 9!

I'll never understand why some people decide not to like this because it sounds like Billie Holiday.  Is it not possible to enjoy artists that paint similarly?  Actors that glower similarly?  Vegetables that taste similar?  Jeans that feel similar?  Ski runs that provide similar thrills?

Jeez-o-man what a tough crowd.
a very sensual song for a very sensual cover :)
Reminds me of Melody Gardot, which is a very good thing for me!   Sexxxxxyy yes!
very very nice.
Interesting after Muddy Waters.
I adore her voice and her guitar isn't too shabby. I like the mixture of self-penned tunes and classics and of course she sings some in that Billie Holliday voice. Her french singing is sexxxxxxy :)
 
 joelbb wrote:
Way Sweet.  Is she as beautiful and sensuous as her voice?
 
I'd say so, and have you read the lyrics {#Hearteyes}
Way Sweet.  Is she as beautiful and sensuous as her voice?
Absolutely brilliant lyrics.
Wow.  I thought this was Billy Holiday at first.
 agnes wrote:
Ack.  Not a fan of the Ella Fitzgerald rip-off.  I've really, really tried to like Madeline Peyroux, but all I hear is copycat.
 
 
Actually it's Billy Holiday you are thinking of - and I disagree.

Ack.  Not a fan of the Ella Fitzgerald rip-off.  I've really, really tried to like Madeline Peyroux, but all I hear is copycat.
 
Brilliant song, artfully sung. "Bits of beauty everywhere," sums this up well, indeed! 
Could listen to it 5 times in a row without tiring of it.  
 nicolewe wrote:
Makes me want to buy a croissant and some flowers- in Paris...{#Notworthy}
 
Save me a seat at a little bistro - someplace where we can watch the world and laugh and make time stand still. {#Daisy}
Peyroux -  isn't that a Canadian kind of mushroom cream sauce?
 coccyx wrote:
Her butt is 20 storeys high
you try to look away, you try
but all you want to do is get there first

la a la la la
 
Mwahahaha! Coming from the coccyx, this is just hilarious!! {#Devil_pimp}
(although the coccyx tends to look down on the butt, no pun intended) Mwahahaha!

The Billie Holiday similarity is undeniable, if not downright creepy. That said, I like it!
delicious
Makes me want to buy a croissant and some flowers- in Paris...{#Notworthy}
Mademoiselle Peyroux stands on her own two lovely feet, despite of similarities between her phrasing/interpretation and that of the great and late Ms. Holiday—which, in my opinion, are just superficial.
MP
Her butt is 20 storeys high
you try to look away, you try
but all you want to do is get there first

la a la la la
Soldier, hit the dirt ....Love it {#Music}

She is an awesome voice in her own right! Its nice to be compared to the greats, but I'd rather be on my way to being the one that everyone else is compared to and Madeleine is well on her way there.

 Limpopoking wrote:
Who the f%&* is Billie?

{#Nyah}
 


Holiday
 scraig wrote:
8 for madeleine it would be a 9 for billie. i hate being tricked into thinking this is billie
 
To me, she sounds as much like Billie as Joe Cocker does.
Billie stands alone. But listen to MP with "fresh" ears & you'll convert.

Who the f%&* is Billie?

{#Nyah}
8 for madeleine it would be a 9 for billie. i hate being tricked into thinking this is billie
Her name reminds me of a gum disease but her music is good :)
Swank and slinky.  I like slinky.

Blah, blah, blah, . . . Billie Holiday, .  . . blah, blah, blah. . .

Madeleine should be enjoyed and not judged.  This is great stuff.

{#Meditate}


Amazingly beautiful women and voice.  You do not see people singing this type of "old fashioned" blues!


I've heard Holly Cole being criticized because she doesn't sing the way Billie Holiday did because if you don't sing that way you're ruining jazz, etc.

It's funny to read Peyroux being criticized for being too close to Holiday.

I like Peyroux better than Cole but that's just me.
 denmom wrote:
Faux Billie.  But a nice voice.
 
It's a good song.  You're one of the few who spelled Billie Holiday's name correctly.


Faux Billie.  But a nice voice.
I just love this chick's voice, tempo, everything about this.
Misterfixit wrote:

Only way to get that Billy Holliday voice is to shoot smack six times a day.



Martin Sexton does a killer Billy Holiday. It's unsettling.


Beatiful!

 andrewimft wrote:
I agree, I think her voice is mostly a gimmicky style she's parlayed into success. She overuses that style when in many instances real singing would carry the song and its meaning better, and it makes me doubt she has the chops at all if she has to resort to this and can't deliver holding notes longer, and not bending them in tiny breaths all the time. People compare her to Billy Holliday and other singers with that style, but in my opinion she's inferior as Holliday and most other jazz singers of that style would also have other skills on display and not be this one trick pony. But I do think it works well on this song, and I do like this song quite a bit.
 
Only way to get that Billy Holliday voice is to shoot smack six times a day.

I'm LOVING this. I did think it was Billie Holliday for a while.

Is it just me, or is it almost identical to 'When I was cruel' by Elvis Costello?

Still great though...  
 mattowan wrote:
I find her a very marginal Billie Holiday. Not even close to the real thing.
 
No one could be.
But still, a nice, sensual track.

I bought this CD a couple of years ago. It gets very, very, very old after a few playings. Cool, sexy and suggestive, but it ends up just being boring.
The "Anjani" (produced by Leonard Cohen) version of Blue Alert is far superior imo
This girl isn't doing anything I haven't already heard a zillion times before.

This isn't music, it's a history lesson. Blah, blah, blah. 
I don't think she is a cheep imitation at all, if any thing she is a breath of fresh air.

 mattowan wrote:
I find her a very marginal Billie Holiday. Not even close to the real thing.  —-> CHEAP IMITATION

 


nice mood you have going. its why I’m here.
David Sedaris does a more convincing Billie Holliday.
A perfect adult lullaby
Not that this has anything to do with POP/Rock, still....it got something, especially in certain moments!
WOMANIZERS listen up...

STINGRAY

psg wrote:
As much as I enjoy jazz in most of its forms, I just can't get into her voice. Something about it just irritates the hell out of me. I find it's like trying to listen to someone when they have not cleared their throat ...
I agree, I think her voice is mostly a gimmicky style she's parlayed into success. She overuses that style when in many instances real singing would carry the song and its meaning better, and it makes me doubt she has the chops at all if she has to resort to this and can't deliver holding notes longer, and not bending them in tiny breaths all the time. People compare her to Billy Holliday and other singers with that style, but in my opinion she's inferior as Holliday and most other jazz singers of that style would also have other skills on display and not be this one trick pony. But I do think it works well on this song, and I do like this song quite a bit.
cathenley wrote:
I'm hooked... :dance:
Me, too! And wow, is she ever GORGEOUS, too! :hearteyes:
I'm hooked... :dance:
As much as I enjoy jazz in most of its forms, I just can't get into her voice. Something about it just irritates the hell out of me. I find it's like trying to listen to someone when they have not cleared their throat ...
I this this song is HOT!
I find her a very marginal Billie Holiday. Not even close to the real thing.
Obviously going to red alert would mean changing the bulb...
Naaldekoker wrote:
This makes me want to drink red wine and lounge on a Persian carpet infront of a fire place... :cheers:
Yes, yes indeed.
I just LOVE her singing, her voice...and I love that picture on the cover of her CD too...her voice does remind me quite a bit of Billie Holliday.
Wow, this is fantastic... never heard it before but I'll be looking into getting it!
This makes me want to drink red wine and lounge on a Persian carpet infront of a fire place... :cheers:
Billie H. time matrix warp - lyrics are amazing on this one too, lapping it up like a dog!
Shimmer wrote:
That doesn't exactly qualify as "flirting", does it?
Depends who's watching...
Shimmer wrote:
That doesn't exactly qualify as "flirting", does it?
If she's speaking about a woman....then oh my yes, it does.
:eek: Weird! I don't remember hearing this song before, but I gave it an "8" once upon a time! I'd do it again, too! Dunno why I don't remember it...:stupid: EDIT: :eek: Last August!!!:roll: I even looked up the lyrics! :beat:
Misterfixit wrote:
Me two ... She may be a nut-case, but she sure can sing ...
Hmmm, you're not confusing Madeleine Peyroux with Amy Winehouse, are you?
nice :)
laozilover wrote:
"You even touch yourself, you're such a flirt"?
That doesn't exactly qualify as "flirting", does it?
A treat, both aural and optical.
Love the keyboards
Misterfixit wrote:
Me two ... She may be a nut-case, but she sure can sing ...
Nut case? Please... tell me more!
Funniest thing I've read about Madeleine. A question was posed to a critic if s/he though Peyroux was channeling Billie Holiday and that critic said, no, she's Clear Channeling Billie Holiday. Very enjoyable sounding music to me...if it can raise the stature of a jazzy lyricist I'm all for her.
Zweiblumen wrote:
Crossing my fingers and hoping that this gets followed up with Blue Angel....
Me two ... She may be a nut-case, but she sure can sing ...
Crossing my fingers and hoping that this gets followed up with Blue Angel....
Love that organ.
Wow! groovaliscious.
On_The_Beach wrote:
Yep, this is workin' for me. The reincarnation of Billie Holiday . . . well, not really; there will never be another Billie!
No, not really. :-) But you can really hear the Billie in her voice. She lingers over her consonants in this teasing way that Billie did all the time.
:cheers:
y U C K!
I don't care if it was on a commercial. I'd sell my music (e mail me if you're interested) to a commercial any day! gotta make money somehow.... I absolutely love this song, man am i into it!
mikec wrote:
She was great at the Hollywood Bowl opening for Dave Brubeck. Opened with this one.
If she's good enough for Dave Brubeck, she's good enough for me!
She was great at the Hollywood Bowl opening for Dave Brubeck. Opened with this one.
nice tune, but can we hear it less often? it was played last night...
I heard this last night on an Old Navy commercial for Flirt Jeans. ewww
Odd, Individually her songs are wonderful and I love her voice but I can't listen to more than four or so in a row.
"You even touch yourself, you're such a brute flirt"?
:eek:
There's perfume burning in the air Bits of beauty everywhere Shrapnel flying, soldier hit the dirt She comes so close You feel her then She tells you No and No again Your lip is cut on the edge of her pleated skirt Blue Alert Visions of her drawing near Arise, abide, and disappear You try to slow it down It doesn't work It's just another night I guess All tangled up in nakedness You even touch yourself You're such a flirt Blue Alert You know how nights like this begin The kind of knot your heart gets in Any way you turn is going to hurt (Blue Alert lyrics on https://www.metrolyrics.com) There's perfume burning in the air Bits of beauty everywhere Shrapnel flying, soldier hit the dirt Blue Alert She breaks the rules so you can see She's wilder than you'll ever be You talk religion but she won't convert Her body's twenty stories high You try to look away, you try But all you want to do is get there first Blue Alert You know how nights like this begin The kind of knot your heart gets in Any way you turn is going to hurt There's perfume burning in the air Bits of beauty everywhere Shrapnel flying, soldier hit the dirt Blue Alert Blue Alert...
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ktnsb wrote:
This might be the best I've heard from madeleine yet. This is her latest album, I believe. Her voice and Cohen's poetry make an intriguing symbiosis.
symbiosis, is that like miosis or something?
This might be the best I've heard from madeleine yet. This is her latest album, I believe. Her voice and Cohen's poetry make an intriguing symbiosis.
Kristi wrote:
Yeah, her voice is sexy, jazzy... martinis would go very well with it. :cool:
I now 'possess the album an' the art, both continue to rock my world here at RP an' at home an' WomenRockRadio, wherevea in fact! :flamed: Woo! Blue Alert!
Yeah, her voice is sexy, jazzy... martinis would go very well with it. :cool:
I was compelled to click the bye button, if not for the song, which I adore, for the album art, isn't it gorgeous? :heartkiss: Isn't she?
Yep, this is workin' for me. The reincarnation of Billie Holiday . . . well, not really; there will never be another Billie!
Sweet. More Madeleine, please!
sunnysoul03 wrote:
...and I'll take a martini too..
Oh, Bill? A round for the house!
This is a true original voice. Sure, she has some heavy influences (Holiday/Piaf), but that voice is her own unique instrument. She doesn't always hit the right mood on every song, but this Leonard Cohen cover is spot-on. Nice B-3 work, too. (I think it's Larry Goldings.)
Ahh...knew it was her. Love her voice! ...and I'll take a martini too..
She always makes me want a really dirty & stiff martini.