Listen with headphones! Beautiful voice and music!
Norah Jones, whether her album sales, critics or popularity are involved or not, has done something that few can do; she impressed me. Who am I? Nobody special, but it takes a lot to impress me these days where music is concerned.
I am not a fan of "pop" music; most of it is contrived, cliche and boring. This album was a huge success, won a grammy and sold millions, but lots of albums do that and don't sound too good to me.
Most music these days just sounds like everything else in it's genre and I don't care for much of it. This album broke the seams, blurred the edges and made it hard to classify. It's a jazzy, bluesy, (I think I read country but I don't know about that, although I agree that the guitar is influenced by early country artists), soul-filled expose of what a group of musicians can accomplish when they don't worry about what others are doing and just set out to make a good album.
The mix of songs is perfect and Norah's vocals are entrancing, they just suck you in.
I said "Listen with headphones" and here is why; the intricate musicianship on this album is amazing, the slight bend of a guitar string, the tap of a pedal, the back beat on a soft cymbal, all of this adds to the sultry, smooth sound that encapsulates this album.
I can't pick 1 or 2 good songs; the whole album is absolutely fantastic. An experiment in musical restraint, they use just enough of the instruments, the vocals, they never go overboard. I think that is the true treat in this album; the thunderous minimalism.
A great album and deserving of all the attention it has received.Read full review