This album is called "little broken hearts". It is dark, moody and bitter in content. For our darling heroin is suffering from a broken heart. Yet she is not taking it in poor spirits. Every song is another angle on what happens when a long term relationship comes to an end, a different feeling, a different outlook etc. Norah Jones vocal take on this album is pretty much what you would expect from the single most pretty voice on this earth. There are some minor shocks and frights to be had on this album, on one song, called Miriam, its a song that is basically a dirge, where she sings about her rival "Miriam" i guess, and eventually sings "Miriam, thats such a pretty name, and ill keep saying it until you die" and "you know you done me wrong, i'm gonna smile when i take your life" That sort of thing, shocking indeed. Yet this song contains one of many shocks, to be honest. A refreshing turn from a singer who had to find a new way to express herself. Yet it is not just the lyrics to her songs on this album and her trademark brilliant singing that make this album so good. Its the music. Gone are the days where the music was just...pretty much a generic frame to showcase her voice. It seems Norah figured out she could sing the alphabet and it would sound good. Something any long term fan has known for years. There are hooks within the music, and catchy bits and in places i dare say it even sounds rather grand...not talking Queen here, but grand for a Norah Jones record at least. There are many elements within the music, and no real genre, but it can be said its sonically influenced jazz/fusion rock...or something like that.
For a rating i have given 5 stars, though its more 4 and a half. The only slight detraction, is that despite the music being much more engaging and despite the singers many talents...this is still an album you can just put on in the background. It is not like her previous albums though. You can put this on in the background but you will miss out on a lot of good stuff if you let it float over you. In closing...i highly recommend you try out this album.