MUSIC: A HOLIDAY ALL HER OWN

SHE MAY EVOKE LADY DAY, BUT MADELEINE PEYROUX IS ONE OF A KIND

It's a gray, sprinkly day that seems Parisian, except it's not; it's just another dank fall day on New York City's upscale Upper West Side. Outside a cafe, lighting a cigarette in the light rain, sits a woman who when she sings sounds for all the world like Billie Holiday, but, of course, she's not. Her name is Madeleine Peyroux. She is a 22-year-old American ex-expatriate who had been living in Paris, singing in the streets for money, but recently returned to the U.S. to pursue a more mainstream singing career. Her debut album, Dreamland (Atlantic), just out, is a bewitching...

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