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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Blue Note / EMI
  • ASIN: B002NWRMVS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
8. You've Ruined Me
9. Back To Manhattan
10. Stuck
11. December
12. Tell Yer Mama
13. Man Of The Hour

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Brooklyn-born jazz pop pianist Norah Jones betrays an 1980s MOR influence on this, her fourth studio album--her first since 2007's Not Too Late. The Fall features songwriting collaborations between the Grammy Award winner and alt country luminaries such as Ryan Adams and Will Sheff. Produced by Jacquire King, the album's sessions also featured musicians who have worked with such high profile artists as R.E.M., Johnny Cash and Tom Waits.

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Norah Jones always seemed almost unfairly equipped to survive the inexorable attrition that mows down legions of her fellow female singer-songwriters: young (23 at the release of her 2002 debut, Come Away With Me), beautiful, possessed of a lovely husky drawl and an appealingly picturesque back-story (Ravi Shankar is by now resigned to being recalled principally as Jones’ father, rather than as the world’s best-known sitarist). Jones didn’t merely survive, of course – her three albums to date have shifted 36 million copies. In today’s climate, that seems as miraculous and unfathomable as a seeing someone walking a brachiosaurus.

In this context, it would be easy to be cynical about this fourth album. To the limited extent that it has hitherto been possible to object to Jones, it has been on the grounds that she errs towards the inoffensive – or, more bluntly, that her sensationally profitable records are duller than the side-salads at the dinner parties for which they serve as soundtracks. The Fall seems a carefully plotted attempt to confront this reputation for cosiness. Ryan Adams and Okkervill River’ s Will Sheff are recruited as collaborators, and Marc Ribot – best known for his fraught guitar-playing with Tom Waits – is enlisted in the backing band.

The result, at the risk of damning with faint praise, is Jones’ most interesting album – but it is, like its predecessors, a martyr to her overweening tastefulness. The Adams collaboration, Light as a Feather, tries nervously to be a Mazzy Star-style torch ballad, pawing the line between intimacy and claustrophobia, but Jones sighs where she should seethe. Stuck, co-written with Sheff, should sound driven to distraction, but instead sounds merely distracted. Her own compositions suffer similarly: It’s Gonna Be is a Glitter Band stomp done tiptoe, You’ve Ruined Me a country-ish waltz oozing none of the blood and tears that soak the best of the genre. It’s only on the ruthlessly realistic wishlist Man of the Hour that she seems to relax: it’s both affecting and gently hilarious, and her best vocal on the album.

Jones’ inherent languor has wrought marvels – the version of Hank Williams’ Cold, Cold Heart on Come Away With Me and the reading of Townes Van Zandt’s Be Here To Love Me on 2004’s Feels Like Home both benefited from their counter-intuitive coolness. Not for the first time, though, an album’s worth of Jones’ luxuriance is somewhat rough going. --Andrew Mueller

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Boswell on 6 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
Though she seems to have been the victim of her own sucess, Norah has ploughed on her own sweet way with side ventures such as The Little Willies and Puss'N'Boots. Now she has radically changed the languid jazz tinged style that brought her the huge album sales of her first three Blue Note albums. The Fall is a revelation. Her trade mark piano playing is hardly heard and when it does make an appearance its actually a distraction. The songs are all about the disintergration of a love affair. A lot of the tracks are very raw and emotional."December" is heart rendering "Chasing Pirates" is quite striking and "You've Ruined Me" tells it as it is. The last track "Man Of The Hour" is a paen to her dog (the St. Bernard on the cover)but though playful still carries a sad undertone. She now appears to be writing from the strengh of her own experiences and the result is fabulous. It would be fantastic if The Fall was as popular with the music buying public as Come Away With Me but this is a long way from that albums "smooth jazz" feel. Great production and superb musicianship. A great album.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MarathonZephead on 13 Nov 2009
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I've listened to this album 3 times now and this will be a classic. Not a bum track on it. The melodies and the voice remain the same, sans piano and track 10 is outstanding. Even if you can't imagine Norah without her piano (OK, there's still some), give this a chance - the sound is fantastic. Buy this and you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roger Software on 1 May 2010
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This album is quite different to Norah's previous ones, so some fans of the soft jazz, voice and piano style may not approve. However if you're looking for good songs, good lyrics and excellent sound quality this is a must buy. Fans of Sheryl Crow might be enjoy this too. BTW all her albums are of a very high recording standard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 April 2012
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The Fall is playing as I am writing this - what a beautiful album - in my view, at least, her best since Come Away with Me , which is just one of favourite albums ever to relax with. Jones's voice is as hypnotic as ever, and the lyrics seem personal and haunting. There are some really great tracks here - Chasing Pirates, Light as a Feather, You've Ruined Me, Back to Manhattan, and the superb Young Blood are my personal favourites - but there isn't a filler track at all - and this is going to be on constant play in my car for quite some time - moving the CD from car to home and back at the moment. Its so good i just want to hear it over and over.

Superb
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov 2009
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Norah apparently chose Tom Waits and Kings of Leon producer Jacquire King to produce this record because she is such a fan of Tom's `Mule Variations' CD. Unfortunately `The Fall' doesn't sound like `Mule Variations', rather it retains the smoothness of Norah's previous record `Not too late' - without any of the rawness or quirkiness of Mr. Waits. Although much has been made of her break with her former partner and bass player Lee Alexander and the Handsome Band in truth the overall sound here isn't that different from her previous records, perhaps a little less jazzy with less piano. Mark Ribot on guitar is very restrained, with none of the edge and weirdness I usually associate with him.

We do get off to a great start with "Chasing Pirates" (with its nice electric piano) closely followed by "Light as a feather" (co-written by Ryan Adams), which sounds like an out-take from `Feels like home' and then the provocative "I wouldn't need you. However, as the record progresses some of the songs' openings like "Waiting", "It's gonna be" and "Stuck" suggest something different, something earthier but as soon as Norah's voice comes in she seems to calm everything down and smooth everything out.

I think that Norah does need a change of sound but for me this record isn't it and I certainly don't see this as the radical change that others have commented on. This is a very professional, mature record but for me just a little too restrained and too bland. Her various side projects have shown that Norah can do very different material and therefore I'm afraid that I feel this is a missed opportunity to achieve a radically different sound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ALS on 13 Mar 2010
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This album is wonderful. Norah managed to give a new breath to her work and has done it beautifully.
Highly recommended.
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By daphne bro on 13 April 2014
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heard one song on tv , liked it ,love it and the album now , like the packaging its like a mini album and can get more into cd rack , price was really good , very happy customer
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Yet again I am very pleased with my purchase and am very impressed with this album I have again chosen a very good CD.
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