“Falling” In Love With Norah Jones

Posted: 15/08/2010 by TK in Keep an Ear Out for This
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Multiple Grammy winner Norah Jones is back on the scene with her latest effort “The Fall,” proving she can be successful even with a slight diversion from her typical jazz style that made her famous in the first place. Her track list offers both ends of the spectrum, going from the extremely upbeat in the beginning to completely slowing things down towards the end.

Cover of

Cover of The Fall

By doing so, Jones gives her listeners a perfect and carefully chosen final product that is certain to keep many company on long, lonely nights- or while stuck in traffic and in need of something soothing.

First single and album opener “Chasing Pirates” indicates what one can expect from the album, especially with a strong musical background and Jones’ trademark strong vocals. It is understandable though that many will not like this track, as it evokes no memory of previous hits such as “Don’t Know Why.” Strong guitar elements are dominant over the traditional piano sound that fans of Jones have been used to, yet it seems to work somehow. In fact, the guitar theme is so dominant over the entirety of the album, that this could cause a rift amongst old and new fans.

Moving forward, the tracks “Even Though” and “Light as a Feather” both center on the notion of love and its implications- another theme that is repetitive on “The Fall.” Musically, “Even Though” continues along the same pattern of its predecessor but “Light as a Feather” is too slow that one has the urge to just skip over it.

The fourth track and second single “Young Blood” is my personal favorite. It stands out instantly as it ups the mood from the first note. Here, Jones combines a guitar-fuelled musical background with her intricately woven lyrics and vocals that just compel you to hum along.

“I Wouldn’t Need You Now,” “Waiting,” and “It’s Gonna Be” (the album’s third single)  also do not disappoint, yet they seem to be lacking a certain element that will keep them in the back of the listener’s mind.  The final track in the set of almost or completely upbeat songs is “You’ve Ruined Me,” a beautiful song that will probably get lost in the shuffle. It seems to be the only misplaced track and should have been included around the beginning of the album.

“Back to Manhattan” starts off the slower portion of “The Fall” and proves to be the best of the entire product. The piano is allowed full control, with the occasional interlude of guitar, and of course, Jones’s beautiful vocals that frame the entire piece.

Though not as beautiful as their predecessor, “Stuck” and “Tell Your Mama” are two songs that must be given credit for their ingenuity. It seems that as the album draws to a close, Jones delves deeper into her emotions, offering pieces that display true musical artistry.

The closure of the album comes in the form of the love letter “Man of the Hour.” To say it is unconventional is an understatement, as the singer chooses to highlight her lover’s flaws instead of his better qualities. She comes to conclude that she loves him no matter what, as he will never hurt her. All of this unfolds while a background of rhythmic guitar plays on, ensuring perfect harmony between the two elements.

The only problem with “The Fall” is its length, as many new listeners may get bored after listening to the first few tracks, thus failing to reach the true gems of the album. For fans and those interested in her style, Norah Jones’ fourth effort is one not to be missed.

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  1. conanon says:

    Hey, that last song was about her dog, no? I never read much into it. Its cover seemed to scream enough for it! 😀

    But overall I really like your review. If only because you picked out Young Blood. That is my absolute favourite!

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