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Product details

  • 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 (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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.

BBC Review

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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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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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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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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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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Like many others I was first engaged and then distanced from Norah Jones by her first and second albums - country-ish but not up there with the grandes dames and yet not sufficiently left field to mix company with the likes of Lucinda Williams or Gillian Welch and yet that amazing voice .... so I stopped listening for a long while, almost developed an antipathy to "Come Away With Me" in fact. What got me involved again was the collaborations album which I picked up fairly cheaply on vinyl and just got drawn into - all the partnerships are great (maybe the Dolly Parton number is a little too backward-looking) but her take on "More than This" and "Loretta", her work with Belle and Sebastian, Charlie Hunter, Herbie Hancock et al just drew me in. So I went looking and found this. What a little classic ! Over the six or so weeks I have been listening to it it has become a current favourite and every time it goes on the system , I end up listening right through, something which doesn't happen with too many cd's these days. Whats so great ? Well there's the voice - matchless, husky, sensual, caressing by turns - often in the same line. Then there's the decision to junk the old music and pull together something which is really full of surprises - without wanting to leap in to the further realms of cliche, it rocks, it grooves, it almost "crawls on its belly like a reptile" in the manner of Little Egypt. If you like female singers across the range, from Ella to Emmylou and if you want some arrangements which elide simple genres without losing a sense of the rich traditions of the american popular song down the years, then trust me - this is an album you really must own. Check it out on Spotify but buy the CD - the sonic qualities cannot be savoured at 120kbps. A classic "sleeper" if ever I heard one.
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I've always loved Norah Jones' sense of style and her voice has so many ranges. I'm listening to 'I wouldn't need you' at the moment, there's something quite Stevie Nicks about her on some of the tracks, that slightly husky, sexy style of singing that comes from within.

There are a mix of slow and faster tracks, something for everyone in fact. I find her music incredibly relaxing but it doesn't make me want to fall asleep, it makes me want to keep listening. Her style is one I don't ever get bored of but keep coming back to time and time again.

If you can dance there are some tracks to move to and if you can really dance, there's Jive and even a Waltz if you pinch the timing.

Opening with an upbeat track, 'Chasing Pirates', Norah's floaty, dreamy style shines through with lyrics that take you on her musical journey and is a really good opening song. 'December' is one of my favourites, the sound of Norah's voice just sends me into a really nice and happy place.

I'm really please with this album and highly recommend it to you. At the price I purchased it, £4.99 you can't go wrong.
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