CD Review: Norah Jones

Norah Jones
The Fall
Blue Note
By David Chiu

Maybe it’s been a while since I’ve listened to Norah Jones’ music, but some of the tracks on her latest The Fall seems to me more of an upbeat sounding effort from the singer-songwriter. For example It is certainly evident on the opening track “Chasing Pirates,” which sounds like a homage to the’70s pop of Linda Ronstandt and Karla Bonoff, while the electric guitar riffs elevates tracks like “Stuck” and the sultry-sounding “Even Though.” But for the most part The Fall contains the signature elements of Jones’ music familiar to us: the jazzy-country-folk hybrid music complementing her introspective lyrics. Some of the standouts include the dreamy after-hours of “Back to Manhattan,” the wistful country-pop balladry of “I Wouldn’t Need You,” and the touching torch song “Man of the Hour.”

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