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Norah Jones – The Fall

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Norah Jones releases her fourth studio album, The Fall, with a cover that features a portrait by photographer Autumn de Wilde.
Jones has taken a new direction on The Fall, experimenting 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).

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

With The Fall, Norah Jones completes the transition away from her smooth cabaret beginnings and toward a mellowly arty, modern singer/songwriter. Jones began this shift on 2007’s Not Too Late, an album that gently rejected her tendencies for lulling, tasteful crooning, but The Fall is a stronger, more cohesive work, maintaining an elegantly dreamy state that’s faithful to the crooner of Come Away with Me while feeling decidedly less classicist. Some of this could be attributed to Jones’ choice of producer, Jacquire King, best-known for his work with Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon, but King hardly pushes Norah in a rock direction; The Fall does bear some mild echoes of Fiona Apple or Aimee Mann in ballad mode, but its arrangements never call attention to themselves, the way that some Jon Brion productions do. Instead, the focus is always on Jones’ voice and songs, which are once again all originals, sometimes composed in conjunction with collaborators including her longtime colleagues Jesse Harris, Ryan Adams, and Will Sheff of Okkervil River. In addition to King’s pedigree, the latter two co-writers suggest a slight indie bent to Jones’ direction, which isn’t an inaccurate impression — there’s certainly a late-night N.Y.C. vibe to these songs — but it’s easy to overstate the artiness of The Fall, especially when compared to Not Too Late, which wore its ragged ambitions proudly. Here, Jones ties up loose ends, unafraid to sound smooth or sultry, letting in just enough dissonance and discord to give this dimension, creating a subtle but rather extraordinary low-key record that functions as a piece of mood music but lingers longer, thanks to its finely crafted songs.

Features:
• 180g vinyl LP
• Gatefold jacket
• 24″x36″ Full color poster included

 

1. Chasing Pirates
2. Even Though
3. Light As a Feather
4. Young Blood
5. I Wouldn’t Need You
6. Waiting
7. It’s Gonna Be
1. You’ve Ruined Me
2. Back To Manhattan
3. Stuck
4. December
5. Tell Your Mama
6. Man of the Hour

 

 

Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm