Our girl sultry songstress Norah Jones releases her latest offering upon the world this week entitled The Fall.
I can dig it, because that’s exactly what I did after listening to it, I fell in love with her all over again.
The Fall features beautiful lyrics over equally beautiful arrangements that makes it perect for the crib, the plantation, or the ride.
If you haven’t copped it yet, go get it. You won’t be disappointed.
Released: Nov 17, 2009
Released By Blue Note
- Chasing Pirates
- Even Though
- Light As A Feather
- Young Blood
- I Wouldn’t Need You
- It’s Gonna Be
- You’ve Ruined Me
- Back To Manhattan
- Tell Yer Mamma
- Man Of The Hour
Over the course of Norah Jones’ three multi-platinum albums – 2002’s eight-time Grammy Award-winning Come Away With Me, 2004’s Feels Like Home, and 2007’s Not Too Late, each of which topped the Billboard album charts – Jones has established a strong identity based around her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop style. On her fourth studio album The Fall, which will be released by EMI’s Blue Note Records, however, Jones adds an emphasis on rhythm and brings her own guitar playing front and center. “For this record, I just had a sound in my head,” Jones says. “I wanted the grooves to be more present and heavy. And I also just wanted to do something different.”
Jones experimented with different sounds and a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others. Jones enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partner Jesse Harris. King also helped Jones put together a new group of musicians to perform on the album, including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer).
Featured on Rolling Stone’s Hot List, lead single “Chasing Pirates” immediately announces her new direction. Entertainment Weekly wrote that “‘Chasing Pirates’ is a bluesy surprise and welcome change of pace,” adding that “Jones’ voice remains as lovely as ever.” From the swaying rock thump of “Stuck” to an intimate ballad like “Back to Manhattan,” one thing that hasn’t gone away on The Fall is the distinctiveness and expressiveness of Jones’s singing.
An exciting evolution from her previous three releases, The Fall has the feeling of an artist growing into a new phase in her creative development. Beyond the changes in the conception of her own sound, she maintains that her songwriting is at the very foundation of her new approach.
About Norah Jones
Over the course of her three multi-platinum albums – 2002’s eight-time Grammy Award-winning Come Away With Me, 2004’s Feels Like Home, and 2007’s Not Too Late, each of which topped the Billboard album charts – Jones has established a strong identity based around her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop style.
Norah Jones is the first to say that she has changed a great deal since she first moved from Texas to New York City at age 20, dreaming of being a jazz singer. Bouncing between jazz gigs and shows at the singer-songwriter haven The Living Room, she started writing songs “sitting on the bed in my little apartment on Thirteenth Street.” An introduction to Blue Note Records head Bruce Lundvall eventually resulted in her first album, the diamond-selling Come Away With Me.
“That was just seven, eight years ago, but it feels like a lifetime ago,” say Jones. “I feel like a completely different person. That whole time was chaos, like an insane rollercoaster ride that kept getting steeper and steeper. I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but we were just working so hard and I was pretty freaked out.”
One benefit of her spectacular success was that Jones was approached to collaborate with a wide range of artists, from Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Ray Charles to OutKast’s Andre 3000, Q-Tip, and Andy Samberg’s comedy group The Lonely Island. Being exposed to all of these different sounds and methods helped Jones open her mind toward new ways to create her own music.