The Fall (Amazon Exclusive)

November 17, 2009 | Format: MP3

$6.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 13, 2009
  • Release Date: November 13, 2009
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 49:50
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  • ASIN: B002U9JEVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I suggest everyone to check the album out and buy it if you like the music.
Alex D.
I understand artists like a change in direction, but in this case I won't be following.
Michigan Music Lover
Her vocals are excellent as always and the music chosen complements her voice well.
Don

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133 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Hayden R. Deck on November 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Overall Grade: A
Hilights: Chasing Pirates, Young Blood, It's Gonna Be, Man of the Hour

Since her major pop debut in 2002, Norah Jones has been fluffing our pillows and stoking the fires with her cozy hearthside tales and heartwarmingly hopeless romanticisms. At a glance one might think that the art for her latest release, "The Fall", which features our lady in a top hat and a snowy white gown sitting next to a large cuddly canine, would suggest yet another album of dessert wine pop-jazz. This is not the case. Instead, Norah sidesteps the "sweet" almost completely and heads into a more rock-based sound, for which her voice is perfectly suited. The direction is fresh and the pace is easy to settle into (with a pace set by "Chasing Pirates"). Though the album lacks a real kick-in-the-pants sort of song, it certainly delivers some of her best work to date. Expect less piano, more guitar, and the sweetest ending Norah could offer. Wonderful!
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This new Norah CD is being received as some kind of "beefed up" version of her music, or a "return to rock." I understand where that perspective is coming from. The songs are more rock/ roots oriented, but for me, this is not any kind of major departure from her previous stuff. First, she's still a singer-songwriter, and the observational and confessional style of song she writes (or co-writes) is still very similar to before. Second, while the tunes often have a more upfront electric guitar (one difference), otherwise they are still largely on the mellow side. A new song such as "I Wouldn't Need You," still has Norah softly crooning the lyrics over a slow tempo, with a relatively gentle backing band. Not that this is a bad thing! I would use the word "charming" to describe the singer and her music, and that's undiminished on The Fall. Compared to someone else in the roots-rock field like Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones is not someone who's going to bowl you over with her passion. It's more of a seduction than an "in your face" approach. All of that said, I've really enjoyed listening to these new songs, and I think I'll be enjoying them much more in the days to come.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on November 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Norah Jones is one of those artists that hardly ever disappoints. I own her first three albums and enjoy them, so when I heard she had a new album coming out, there was no question I'd go and get it. Add The Fall to her string of great releases.

Unlike other reviewers, I really don't hear that much of a difference in the sound on here when compared to Norah's previous works. Sure, the bass parts are a little more evident, but they aren't overpowering. And there are plenty of introspective tracks, like "Light as a Feather", "December" and especially the two-in-a-row of "You've Ruined Me" and "Back to Manhattan". And I challenge any man to step to her after hearing "Tell Your Mama".

The only reason I knocked off half a star is because the canine ode "Man of the Hour" didn't do anything for me. But the rest of the album is great. I hope The Fall is supposed to refer to the time of the year (rather than an actual descent, as naysayers might want you to believe), but whatever the case, it's damn good. Pick it up.

Anthony Rupert
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By D. Ohnemus on November 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have loved Norah since her first album. I like to get on Youtube and listen to those unreleased songs like "Love Me Tender" "I'll be your baby tonight" and others.
Her first album was amazing, the second one had some high points and her third did too just fewer high points. But we still had Norah's voice which I think is her big draw. Listening to her is like laying in a warm bath with a glass of wine. Or next to a glowing fireplace. I just find comfort in that voice.
With this album I can listen to some but not all of the songs. Her voice seems to be behind the music rather than in front or even equal to it. You hear the bass and drums and have to strain to hear her voice.
So as much as I hate to do this I can only call this album average. If I heard it and didn't know it was Norah Jones I would never buy it.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Luke S on February 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Norah Jones has been the trusted modern artist that I could rely on for beautifully mastered albums without succumbing to making ever track as "loud" as possible. I hate to say it but that has all changed on this album. I do not know who mastered this album or who made the decision to master this CD loud \ compressed but Norah please fire them.

If you do not know what I am referring to or unfamiliar with the term "loud" in reference to the loudness war, please look up "loudness war" on Wikipedia and YouTube before you disagree with my opinion. Almost all modern artists' albums are mastered as loud as possible destroying the dynamic range of the music; this in turn makes them tiring to listen to and destroys the punch of pronounced sounds like the kick of the bass drum. I heard it right away when I listened to the first track on this album and was very saddened by this change. You can open any track in the free Audacity audio editor application and compare it to any of her older albums, you are in for a big disappointment.

My justification for ranking this 1 star is that this album is very tiring to listen to and you cannot make out what she is saying clearly due to the poor mastering job. What good is album if it tiring to listen to? Now I do appreciate her exploration of different avenues with this new album and as always think she is a brilliant musician. I doubt the mastering has anything to do with a decision she made but none the less, the decision was made and the result in unacceptable to me.
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