Leave it to Norah Jones to defy categorization yet again. The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist reinvents herself on The Fall, her latest offering out now on Blue Note. With deeper, more electric grooves, and a newfound reliance on Wurlitzer electric piano and guitar, the record proves that Jones is far more sonically adventurous than her previous records suggest. Produced by Jacquire King, whose other successes include Kings of Leon and Modest Mouse, the album starts off with the trippy, Wurly-peppered “Chasing Pirates.” Other standout tracks include “Light As a Feather” (co-written with Ryan Adams, and featuring Jones on guitar), “It’s Gonna Be” (with an even healthier dose of funky Wurly riffs and solos), and the sweet-meets-sardonic vibe of “Man of the Hour.” Regardless of instrumentation, Jones frames each song on The Fall around her ace songwriting and impeccable voice. The Fall is another winning chapter in a career that will most certainly stand the test of time. Highly recommended.
(Blue Note, norahjones.com)