Top positive review
Delightfully minimalistic jazz, blues instrumentals & great vocals w/ powerful lyrics
April 16, 2019
I’m not the type to like or defend everything one of my favorite artists releases and I’m not generally inclined to buy what does not impress, inspire or initiate emotional responses, but that simply does not apply here. Norah has here presented a colorful blend of instrument and voice, the music taking a soft but edgy and effective backseat to Norah‘s vocals, sweet, soft yet powerful and lyrically impressive.
I don’t understand people’s responses to an album because it’s not like earlier offerings. If you prefer Come Away With Me, Day Breaks or anything in between, go listen to lovely Ms. Jones’ older albums.
Art is change!
I am not nor will I ever be a successful or known musician, but even my style and sound have changed over the past 25+ years of playing; that is to say that all musicians are constantly changing, growing, evolving, exploring, experimenting, extending, embracing, eschewing, exuding, etc... Musicians, as with any artist (e.g. writers, singers, painters, sculptors, dancers, actors...), have to eventually let go of their work, presenting their opus, passionately made though never quite complete because artists can continue to make small changes in their output, probably forever if allowed. No time comes when an artist is finished with a project, but they let go and we enjoy. So, Norah may somewhat agree with certain reasons given by unhappy listeners but this is what she relinquished and it is beautiful, original, eclectic and solely hers.
The huge steps taken by Norah since she began with Come Away With Me have resulted in a jazz, blues and alternative piano infused sound to which she now adds to or removes from what she has composed, heard, learned, loved and created. The use of some effects additions, somewhat like in her Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) collaboration, Little Broken Hearts, filter or lightly pepper her sound and make this unique and ear pleasing submission a welcome addition to Norah’s wonderful catalog.
*I agree with other reviews that state the 7 song count is odd; it’s not quite short enough to be an EP, but not quite long enough to be an album.
I also agree with the reviews that the 7 songs are sufficiently satisfying.
Don’t allow the song count to change your mind. What is here is quality and beautiful.