No Fools, No Fun [Explicit]

July 15, 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Blue Note
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  • Total Length: 50:07
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00KIGMNS8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Stolk on July 20, 2014
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"No Fools, No Fun” is the debut album by alt-country band Puss N Boots, consisting of jazz-pop singer Norah Jones, jazz singer Sasha Dobson and alt-rock singer Catherine Popper. It’s a mix of country, pop, folk and rock and consist in the regular edition of twelve tracks: five original and seven covers, of which three were recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on June 27, 2013. The album's title “No Fools, No Fun” is taken from a Johnny Cash song called "Bull Rider", which is also among the covers on this record.

The covers are, in order of appearance: “Leaving London” (Tom Paxton), “Bull Rider” (Johnny Cash), “Twilight” (The Band), “Down By The River” (Neil Young), “Tarnished Angel” (Roger Miller), “Jesus, Etc.” (Wilco) and “GTO” (Jeb Loy Nichols). Norah Jones is also the front-woman of the Little Willies, another part-time country band, but Puss N Boots is much more of a collaborative affair, with each of the trio contributing original tunes and the three ladies harmonizing and trading leads on the tracks, with Sasha Dobson on bass/drums, Catherine Popper on bass/guitar and Jones abandoning the piano for the guitar.

Highlights on this album were for me the Jones' original "Don't Know What It Means" with its train-track beat and rock & roll vibe, Dobson's languidly "Sex Degrees Of Separation," the folkish Wilco cover “Jesus, Etc.,” and they really rock on the live version of Neil Young’s "Down By The River.” The Amazon deluxe edition adds two bonus tracks: another Cash cover, “Cry, Cry, Cry,” and a fourth song recorded live at The Bell House, a cover of the 1932 evergreen “In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town” by Ted Lewis and His Band.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 22, 2014
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After jamming together for 6 years, Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper decided to record their debut album as Puss n Boots. The result is "No Fools, No Fun", an Alt Country/Blues/Jazz collection comprising 7 covers and 5 originals.

The 5 originals are "Sex Degrees Of Separation" (a Bluesy acoustic Dobson composition), "Don't Know What It Means" (a rocking Country Jones composition), "Always" (a rocking Country Popper composition), "Pines" (an acoustic ballad with lovely harmonising composed by Popper) and "You'll Forget Me" (a quivery Alt Country ballad composed by Dobson).

The three take turns on lead, and also harmonise, as well as play every instrument. Other highlights are a live rocking Blues cover of Neil Young's "Down By The River", a cover of Wilco's "Jesus Etc", and "GTO", a Jeb Loy Nichols cover which sounds like the soundtrack to some Spaghetti Western.

Relaxed and carefree, the ladies sound like they had fun together. They may have recorded this as a lark but they are no joke.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By pure pleasure John on July 17, 2014
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PnB's " No Fools " arrived..what a delight...some 50 minutes of pure pleasure. I followed a band members' listening recommendation from a recent interview and it was so good and exhausting (in a good way) I fell sound asleep at the end and missed the train to Wash. to see their show. All I can do now is listen again and again with pleasure to PUSSNBOOTS "No Fools, No Fun". Thanks,
pure pleasure John. (added 7/20/14): Track 12 Sasha Dobson has penned and sings (and drums) a perfect song about relationships "You'll Forget Me" When she sings: .....be honest and ta a ache (take) some time... will give you chills. And on the front porch of
the Mansion in the sky, pickers like Hank Garland and Les Paul are listening, smiling, and
agreeing this is why God made electric guitars. And Ms.Popper -a Real - bad a** bassist- her break is just too short. Check out her singing on her song "Always" (track 9) Thanks-
you guys are great. I remember as a kid when "The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down" came out and I went to see "em (The Band). These guys (well gals really) are cut from the same
cloth. I really envy those seeing their shows this summer. Buy this album if its the last
thing you do. (plus it's gonna make Christmas shopping easy)
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Even though there are three women in this group that, like the Time Jumpers in Nashville play a regular bar gig in Brooklyn, it (obviously) became known as "Norah Jones' new band". To my knowledge, the other two in the trio - bass player Catherine Popper (no relation to John Popper of Blues Traveler) and guitar/drum player Sasha Dobson - have no solo careers.

I had a chance too see the band perform live here in Philly before I got the CD and their 90 minute set was great fun. There were some fine cover songs and the originals were good to hear; though, in my opinion, only one of those which made it to the CD is worth hearing more than once. More on that in a minute.
The album starts off - just as their concert did - with Tom Paxton's "Leaving London". It's not one of hios best known songs and the arrangement here is not one you'd expect from this legendary folk singer. Next up is Johnny Cash's "Bull Rider" (a line in the song is the source of the CD title), This track is one of three recorded live at The Bell House bar in Brooklyn in June 2013. One of the others - Neil Young's "Down by the River" is one of the must-have tracks on the album and was a highlight at the show I saw. It's got Jones on lead vocal AND the scathing electric guitar solo! At 5 ˝ minutes it's the longest track on the commercially released 42-minute CD. (The album on Amazon has two bonus tracks that I haven't heard.) The Young song is preceded by the other "highlight" of the album, for a one/two punch. It's the Jones original "Don't Know What it Means", a catchy song that will not soon leave your head, nor stop your feet from tapping. Jones takes lead vocal and gets a fuzz-guitar solo (though the sound on this track seemed a bit distorted.
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